Dordt College News

Dordt-William Penn Basketball Preview

March 10, 2014

GAMETIME… Dordt will travel to Keeter Gym in the College of the Ozarks at Point Lookout, Missouri to face William Penn in the first round of the NAIA Division II National Championship bracket at 9:15 pm on Thursday, March 13.  The game can be heard on KDCR 88.5 FM and live on the world wide web at 

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SPECIAL HAPPENINGS…Dordt invites all Defender fans, alumni, and students who are planning to travel to Point Lookout, Missouri to join the team for pre-game meals and receptions. Door prizes including t-shirts, sweatshirts, season passes, and an iPad 2 will be given away at the receptions.

Thursday, March 13. Meal at 6 p.m. in the Keeter Center on the College of the Ozarks campus.

Friday, March 14 (if playing). Meal at 6 p.m. in the Keeter Center on the College of the Ozarks campus.

Saturday, March 15 (if playing). Meal at 3:30 p.m. in the Keeter Center on the College of the Ozarks campus.

The catered meals are free thanks to the generous support of these area businesses:

Gold sponsor
Peoples Bank

Silver sponsor
Premier Communications

Bronze Sponsors
Bouma & Company Contractors
Farmer’s Mutual Insurance Assn.
Gesink and Vander Wilt Agency
Hi-Way Chevrolet Buick
Holiday Inn Express  
Kroese & Kroese, PC
No Streaking Window Cleaning and Power Washing
Snieder Insurance and Financial Group
Van Engelenhoven Agency Insurance
Van Holland Lawn Service

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SCOUTING REPORT… William Penn is 22-9 this season and started the season with four losses to Morningside, Briar Cliff, Doane and Graceland.  After that the Statesmen ran off nine wins in a row.  From December 17 to January 20 the Oskaloosa, Iowa based school went 2-3 with losses to Friends, St. Ambrose and Clarke.  A win over Viterbo started a three game winning streak that ended with a February 1 loss to St. Ambrose and they dropped another game in their next outing against Ashford.  The Statesmen haven’t lost since then, reeling off eight wins in a row, claiming the Midwest Collegiate Conference post-season title with a 106-96 win over AIB, a 96-89 victory over Mount Mercy and a 94-75 championship victory over Grand View.

William Penn is averaging 91.1 points per game this season and allows 80.5 points per outing.  The Statesmen convert 44.4 percent of their field goals and 34.7 percent of their three-point tries.  They also hold a 46.1-37.6 rebounding advantage and have forced 404 turnovers while committing 380.  Teams are converting 43.9 percent of their field goals while William Penn has converted 65.6 percent of the field goals it takes.  Of William Penn’s total field goal attempts, 47 percent have been three-point tries.

Kelly Madison scores 16.7 points per game and gets 5.0 rebounds per outing while handing out 73 assists with 25 steals.  Madison is 73-213 on three-point attempts for 34.3 percent success.  Alex Schwab scores 16.1 points per game and is 85-228 from the three-point line for 37.3 percent success.  Schwab averages 5.0 rebounds per game.  Blake Walker adds 11.9 points per game with 5.7 rebounds and has a team high 198 assists in 31 games played.  Roberts Baltruns scores 9.7 points per game and Tyler Stahle is good for 9.4 points per game.

DEFENDER NOTES… The Defenders are 28-5 this season with all five of their losses coming to National Championship participants Davenport, Morningside and Midland.  The Defenders have had winning streaks of 13 and eight this season.

The Defenders scores 89.8 points per game and allow 78.1 points per outing while converting 48.5 percent of their field goals and allowing opponents to make 44.8 percent.  Dordt holds a 41.6-32.2 rebounding advantage and have converted 37.4 percent of its three-point tries and have forced 408 turnovers while committing 408 in 33 games.    The Defenders have made 748-1031 free throws for 72.6 percent while opponents have made 514-696 free throws.

Kyle Lindbergh leads the team with a 17.1 points per game average and he makes 51.9 percent of his field goals.  Lindbergh also leads the team with a 10.8 rebounds per game average and he has 98 assists with 48 blocked shots and 39 steals.  Dalton Franken scores 15.6 points per game and has a 4.4 rebounding average and converts 47.8 percent of his field goals.  Austin Katje scores 13.8 points per game and is 72-165 on three-point attempts.  Nathan Rindels scores 12.7 points per game with a team high 115 assists and he gets to 5.2 rebounds per game.  Tyler Woltertstorff completes the double digit scorers with a 12.2 average and he gets to 4.2 rebounds per game.  David Den Herder scores 6.3 points per game in a reserve role and gets 4.4 rebounds.  Alex Terpstra and Bryan Sumner average 5.0 and 4.8 points per game.  Terpstra has made 39 three-point baskets and Sumner 36.

LAST TIME OUT…William Penn hosted and beat Grand View in the finals of the Midwest Collegiate Conference on March 2 by a 94-75 margin.  The Vikings led 45-42 at halftime but were outscored 52-30 in the second half.  Alex Schwab was 12-29 from the field for 31 points and  Kelly Madison scored 25 while converting 9-20 field goals.  Blake Walker had 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the win and William Penn had a 54-41 rebounding advantage and had 20 offensive rebounds.

The Defenders lost an 87-85 decision to Morningside on March 4.  The Defenders were up 53-48 at halftime but were outscored 39-32 in the second half.  Dordt held a 34-32 rebounding advantage and forced 13 turnovers but made 4-17 three-point shots to 7-23 for the Mustangs.  Kyle Lindbergh had 26 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and two steals while Dalton Franken scored 18 and Tyler Wolterstorff added 17.  Nathan Rindels was good for 16 points, five rebounds and five assists.



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HISTORY… Dordt and William Penn have met five times and Dordt holds a 3-2 advantage.  The last meeting was on November 10, 2011 and Dordt won a wild 106-81 affair behind 21 points by Kyle Lindbergh and Cliff Warner added 16 along with Trevor Wolterstorff.  The Statesmen were topped by Blake Walker and Alan Douglas with 20 points each.  Dordt has broken 100 points in each of the last three meetings with William Penn in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and Dordt is 3-0 in those games.

Oddly, both of the these teams had their 2013 season ended in losses to Cardinal Stritch.  Dordt lost a double overtime thriller with Chris Sievers scoring 19 and Austin Katje 18 as Dordt was outrebounded 38-33 and converted 28-67 field goals to 30-63 for the Wolves.  William Penn was on the short end of a 73-59 loss to Stritch in the finals after trailing 39-36 at halftime.  Penn was led by Brandon Beasley with 23 points and eight rebounds and Keith Steffeck added 12 in the loss.

This is the fourth NAIA Division II berth for the Defenders.  Dordt lost in the first round of the 2006 edition, dropping a 66-58 verdict to Lindenwood (Missouri).  Dordt advanced to the 2012 quarterfinals where they lost to McPherson (Kansas) 82-78 and they made it to the same round against Cardinal Stritch last season.  Dordt also made the 1988 single division tournament and made the quarterfinal round.

William Penn lost to Mayville State in the first round of the 2007 tournament 101-86 and dropped a 75-73 decision to Oklahoma Wesleyan in the 2008 first round.  In 2012 the Statesmen lost to Davenport (Michigan) in overtime 85-81 and then made their runner-up run in 2013.

THE COACHES…Dordt is coached by Ross Douma who is in his fifth season with the Defenders and has a 125-39 record and this is the third appearance at the Division II National Championship for Douma.

John Henry is in his 13th season at his alma mater and he has a career record of 257-165.  Henry has guided four teams to the NAIA Division II National Championship and his 2013 team was the national runner-up.

ALL-CONFERENCE…Dordt’s Kyle Lindbergh was the player of the year and defensive player of the year in the GPAC this season while Austin Katje claimed first-team honors alongside him.  Dalton Franken was the freshman of the year and was on the second team with Nathan Rindels.  Tyler Wolterstorff was honorable mention and Ross Douma was the coach of the year.

Blake Walker claimed first team all-conference honors and was the Midwest Collegiate Conference player of the year.  Alec Schwab was the newcomer of the year and joined Walker and Kelly Madison on the first team.


Women’s Basketball
Northwestern  16-4/27-4
Hastings   16-4/26-5
Morningside  16-4/27-6
Concordia   16-4/25-7
Midland   11-9/15-16
Dakota Wesleyan  10-10/18-13
Doane   7-13/14-16
Briar Cliff  7-13/14-17
Dordt College  6-14/13-16
Mount Marty   4-16/13-17
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-19/2-23

Men’s Basketball
Dordt College  17-3/28-5
Morningside  16-4/25-8
Midland   16-4/26-5
Hastings   14-6/21-10
Nebraska Wesleyan  10-10/15-11
Dakota Wesleyan  10-10/18-14
Briar Cliff  10-10/17-14
Northwestern  7-13/14-17
Doane   6-14/13-16
Concordia  3-17/8-21
Mount Marty   2-18/4-24

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