Women's Varsity Basketball vs. Waldorf

W 77-50

6:00 PM - Friday, November 11, 2011
Sioux Center, Iowa
Non-conference Match


The Dordt College women's basketball team raced out to an early 17 point lead in the first 8 minutes of play and cruised to a 77-50 win over Waldorf to pick up their second home win in as many tries. Dordt is a perfect 2-0 at home and improve to 2-2 overall while Waldorf drops to 1-3.<p>
The Defender women scored the first seven points of the contest and lead 7-0 on a Kara Van Dyke jumper at 16:38. Waldorf scored their first basket of the night at the 15:51 mark and Dordt College rattled off the next 12 points to take a commanding 19-2 lead on a Van Dyke layup assisted by Jessica Jelsema.<p>
Dordt took a 20 point lead on a Brianna Spronk jumper at 9:45 to make it a 25-5 game and the Warriors would not cut the deficit to lower than 20 for the duration of the contest and the Defenders enjoyed a 24 point half-time lead at 38-14. The Defenders held Waldorf to 20.7% shooting in the first half and forced the Warriors in to committing 12 turnovers while Dordt committed only 5 turnovers and the first half and shot 35.1% from the floor.<p>
With the first 13 points being added to the home side of the scoreboard, Dordt College turned a 24 point half-time lead in to an insurmountable 37 point lead at 51-14 with the last two point coming on a pair of Spronk free throws at 15:23. The Dordt advantage hovered in the 30s for most of the remainder of the game with Waldorf scoring the last six points for the 77-50 final.<p>"I thought our defensive pressure and energy got us off to a good start," said Dordt College coach Craig Stiemsma.<p>
The Defenders finished the night shooting 37% on 23 of 62, including 4 of 18 from 3 point range while the Warriors finished with a field goal percentage of 28.8% on 17 of 59 tries including 5 of 19 (26%) on threes. Dordt made more free throws than Waldorf attempted with Dordt converting on 27 of 38 (71%) while Waldorf shot 11 of 20 (55%). Dordt pulled down 50 rebounds to Waldorf's 42 and the Defenders forced the Warriors in to 24 turnovers while losing the ball 15 times.<p>"It didn't seem like we were making our free throws that well but at the end of the night we were at 71 percent. We set out to get better in the last week after the North Dakota trip and now we try to get better as we prepare for the GPAC opener next Saturday," said Stiemsma.<p>
The Defenders were led in scoring by Brianna Spronk who finished with a game high 18 points on 4 of 12 from the floor, including 1 of 2 from three point range and a solid 9 of 10 from the charity stripe. Spronk also pulled down 8 caroms. Kara Van Dyke finished with 12 while Danelle Boone and Jamie Kok each added 10. Van Dyke led all players with 13 rebounds and Jessica Jelsema had a game high 3 assists.<p>
Waldorf was paced by Goli Tavassoli who ended the night with 10 points and Ellie Markwardt and Aubrey Draves each added eight. BreeAnn Hageman grabbed 9 boards for the Warriors and Markwardt dished out a team high 2 assists.<p>

Dordt College will begin Great Plains Athletics Conference play on November 19, 2011 when they host Doane College at 2:00 pm in the DeWitt Gymnasium.

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Dordt College will begin Great Plains Athletics Conference play on November 19, 2011 when they host Doane College at 2:00 pm in the DeWitt Gymnasium.