Dordt College News

Dordt Basketball At Home Saturday

November 21, 2013

GAMETIME…The Dordt College Defender women’s and men’s basketball teams host Doane College in Great Plains Athletic Conference action on Saturday, November 23.  The women’s game starts at 1:00 and the men at 3:00.  The times have been adjusted for the 7:00 NAIA National Tournament First Round Volleyball match between Dordt and Cardinal Stritch.  The game can be heard on KDCR 88.5 FM and there will be an audio and video webcast available at  Scores and details about the contests at their conclusion can be found online at  ; and you can follow us on Twitter at

HUNGRY???The Defender Dancers, a club that will be performing at select basketball games this season, is hosting a bake sale as a fundraiser in the west lobby of the De Witt Gym through the games.

SCOUTING REPORT… The Doane women are 3-4 overall and 0-2 in the GPAC with losses to Briar Cliff and Hastings. 

The Tigers are averaging 82.4 points per game and allow 74.3 points and convert 43.9 percent of the field goals they try while opponents make 44.7 percent of the field goals they attempt.  Doane holds a 42.3-36.0 rebounding advantage and have forced 137 turnovers while committing 111.

Hannah Dostal is scoring 19.4 points per game and takes down 8.0 rebounds per game with four assists per game and makes 52.2 percent of her field goals.  Heather Broman is good for 15.7 points per game and is converting 51.5 percent of her field goals.  Shelbi Bittinger is good for 13.0 points per game and 5.7 rebounds and Hanah Barnard scores 10 points per game.

The Doane men are 4-3 and 0-2 with losses to Briar Cliff and Hastings.

The Tigers, coached by Jim Weeks, score 92 points per game and allow 74.6 points per contest.  Doane is making 54.5 percent of their field goals and allow teams to make 48.3 percent of the field goals they attempt.  Doane has relied heavily on the three-point shot with a 67-159 season so far.  The Tigers are outrebounding teams 35.1-26.6.

Nick Reed scores 22.7 points per game and gets 7.6 rebounds.  Reed is making 64.6 percent of his field goals and hands out over four assists per game.  Domonique Smith converts 19.6 points per game and 4.6 rebounds and has made 22-48 three-pointers.  Deonte Holt converts 18.3 points game and Antonio Austin scored ten points in his first outing of the season against Hastings.

DEFENDER NOTES… The Defender women are 4-2 overall and 0-1 in the GPAC after a loss last weekend to Midland.  Dordt was idle over the midweek this past week and have been off since that November 16 contest.  The Defenders have won back to back games twice this season.

The Defenders are averaging 72.7 points per game through six contests and defensively have allowed an average of 65.8 points per contest.  Dordt holds a 39.7-35.7 rebounding edge and have forced 118 turnovers while giving the ball up 109 times this season.  Defensively Dordt allows a 35.7 percent success rate for opponents while making 39.9 percent of the shots they take.  Craig Stiemsma’s team hasn’t found its three-point shooting touch yet as they are 25-96 from the three-point line while defending the arc to the tune of 29-86 for 33.7 percent.  Free throw shooting has been a strength so far as the Defenders have converted 135-169 for 79.9 percent and opponents are making 77.9 percent of the free shots they take—106-136.

Elise Maresh is scoring 16.5 points per game while snagging 4.3 rebounds and is making 50.8 percent of her field goals.  Kara Van Dyke is knocking down 12.8 points per game with a team high 8.3 rebounds per contest and Jaimie Kok is at 10.3 points per game for an average and has taken down an average of 6.2 rebounds per game while converting 54 percent of her shots.  Danelle Boone and Jasmin Schelhaas score 7.8 and 7.0 points per game and Jessica Jelsema is at 5.5 points per game with 5.3 rebounds and Mycah Hulst has come off the bench for 5.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.

The Defenders are 6-1 in men’s play and 1-0 in GPAC play.  Dordt has won three games in a row twice with their setback coming to Davenport on November 8 in a classic hosted by Northwestern. 

Dordt is averaging 92.7 points per game and allow 81.0 points per contest.  The Defenders hold a 41.6-29.4 rebounding edge and are making 50.8 percent of their shots from the field while allowing opponents to make 47.4 percent.  Dordt is 163-230 from the free throw line and opponents have made 106-149.  Dordt has 96 turnovers to 88 for opponents.

Kyle Lindbergh has a 21.6 points per game average to go with 11.9 rebounds and he has made 64.1 percent of his field goals and averages just over two assists per game.  Austin Katje is at 14.1 points per game for his average and he is making 41.2 percent of his three-point tries while grabbing 3.7 rebounds.  Dalton Franken has a 13.6 points per game average and Tyler Wolterstorff is at 12.1.  Nathan Rindels is good for 9.4 points and 4.7 rebounds and averages four assists per game.  Alex Terpstra has come off the bench for 7.9 points per game and David Den Herder is good for 5.3 points per game with four rebounds.

LAST TIME…Dordt lost a 70-51 contest to Midland in Fremont, Nebraska and were never able to mount a comeback in the second half after getting down 31-26 at halftime.  The Defenders had seven points each from Maresh, Kok and Schelhaas.  The Defenders converted 15-48 field goals but made just 3-18 three-point shots.

Hastings beat the Doane women 83-73 after leading at halftime 43-36.  Bittinger went for 18 points and Cali Bellar had 17.  Dostal scored 15 and had 12 rebounds and had four assists with two steals.  Both teams had 39 rebounds as Hastings made 28-67 field goals for 41.8 percent success and Doane was 22-62 for 35.5 percent.  The teams combined for 60 free throw attempts and 45 fouls.

Dordt held off Midland on Saturday by a 72-66 margin.  Dordt trailed 35-34 at halftime but took the lead early in the second half and never trailed the rest of the way.  Lindbergh had 29 points and 14 rebounds while Dalton Franken added 11 with Katje and Wolterstorff each scoring 10. 

The Hastings men beat Doane in Hastings 88-75 after leading  39-30 at halftime.  Nick Reed scored 27 and had seven rebounds in the loss.  Holt had 14 and Austin came off the bench for 10.  Doane allowed Hastings to make 61 percent of its field goals and the Broncos held a 31-23 rebounding edge.

HISTORY… Doane holds a 10-8 lead after Dordt won the two games last season.  Dordt started the GPAC season with a 55-46 win over the Tigers in Crete, Nebraska on November 17, 2012.  Dordt got 12 points from Elise Maresh while Kayla Broekhuis and Jaimie Kok had ten points each.  Doane was led by Brittany Luettel’s 12 points. 

The two teams met to conclude the regular season on February 16 with Dordt taking a 68-59 win in overtime after the score was tied 52-52 at the end of regulation.  Maresh and Briana Spronk both had 14 and Spronk had six assists.  Kok came off the bench to score 13 and had for steals.  Doane was topped by Luettel and Dostal with 12 points each.  The Defenders converted 43 percent of the shots they took while Doane was limited to 37 percent and 22-59 shooting.

Dordt leads the series 12-6 after the two teams split their meetings last season.  Doane won the November 17 meeting 86-70 behind 25 points by Reed and Shovantae Samuels had 19 with six assists.  Cliff Warner and Jordan Vogel had 23 and 21 respectively in the loss. 

On February 16 the two teams played in Sioux Center with Dordt winning 104-73 after holding a 49-43 halftime lead.  Vogel led the Defenders with 22 while Warner added 20 and Chris Sievers 18 and Trevor Wolterstorff 16.  Austin Katje added ten and hit a pair of three-pointers.  Samuels had 22 and Jens Scholl 11 and Dominique Smith had 12 in a reserve role with four rebounds.  Connor Beranek scored 14 and had six rebounds for the Tigers.

NEXT… Dordt will travel to Yankton, South Dakota on Tuesday, November 26 while Doane is scheduled to travel to Midland on Tuesday night.

MILESTONES…  Austin Katje, Dordt’s most recent 1,000 point scorer will be recognized before the men’s contest.  Katje enters play with 1,086 points and currently ranks 23rd.  Katje went over 1,000 points in the first game of the season at Valley City State.

RANKINGS…. The first NAIA Division II basketball polls were released on October 29.  The women’s poll is dominated by GPAC teams with Morningside no. 3; Concordia no. 5, Northwestern no. 7; Briar Cliff no. 12 and Dakota Wesleyan are receiving votes.  Jamestown is no. 10 and Valley City State is receiving votes. 

The men’s poll features Midland at no. 8, Northwestern at no. 15 and Hastings at no. 23.  Morningside is in the receiving votes category of the poll.  Jamestown is in the receiving votes category of the rankings. 

GPAC STANDINGS…(Thursday, November 21)

Women’s Basketball
Northwestern  1-0/4-0
Morningside  0-0/5-0
Hastings   0-0/5-0
Dakota Wesleyan  0-0/5-1
Dordt College  0-0/4-1
Concordia   0-0/4-1
Doane   0-0/3-2
Midland   0-0/3-2
Mount Marty   0-0/2-1
Nebraska Wesleyan 0-0/0-0
Briar Cliff  0-1/4-1

Men’s Basketball
Midland   0-0/3-0
Dordt College  0-0/5-1
Doane   0-0/4-1
Hastings   0-0/3-1
Dakota Wesleyan  0-0/4-2
Briar Cliff  1-0/4-2
Northwestern  0-1/3-3
Morningside  0-0/2-2
Concordia  0-0/2-3
Nebraska Wesleyan  0-0/0-0
Mount Marty   0-0/0-3


Upcoming games
Saturday, November 23
Doane @ Dordt College
Nebraska Wesleyan @ Dakota Wesleyan
Hastings @ Morningside
Concordia @ Briar Cliff
Midland @ Mount Marty

Tuesday, November 26
Dordt @ Mount Marty
Hastings @ Concordia
Doane @ Midland
Morningside @ Northwestern
Dakota Wesleyan @ Briar Cliff

GPAC Scores
Tuesday, November 12
Men's Basketball 
Briar Cliff University 91, Northwestern College 77
Women's Basketball
Northwestern College 114, Briar Cliff University 81

Saturday, November 16
Men's Basketball
Dordt College 72, Midland University 66
Hastings College 90, Northwestern College 81
Briar Cliff University 101, Doane College 95
Morningside College 85, Concordia University 67

Women's Basketball
Midland University 70, Dordt College 51
Northwestern College 99, Hastings College 83
Briar Cliff University 106, Doane College 92
Concordia University 90, Morningside College 82 (OT)

Wednesday, November 20
Men's Basketball
Hastings College 88, Doane College 75
Midland University 83, Morningside College 77

Women's Basketball
Hastings College 83, Doane College 73
Midland University 68, Morningside College 64
Briar Cliff University 84, Nebraska Wesleyan University 53

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