Women's Varsity Basketball vs. Nebraska Wesleyan

L 60-63

2:00 PM - Saturday, December 10, 2011
Sioux Center, Iowa
Non-conference Match


The Dordt College women's basketball team lost a 63-60 contest to Nebraska this afternoon (December 10, 2011), a tight game in which neither team led by greater than 6 points and featured an impressive performance by the 'Wolves Shea Rasmussen who finished the contest with 32 points.<p>
A three point basket by Rasmussen with 16:09 to play in the first half opened up the largest lead that Nebraska Wesleyan would have in the first half as they went up 7-2. Dordt responded with an 11-2 run over a four minute period to take a 4 point lead (13-9) on a Kayla Gesink jumper. Nebraska Wesleyan took the lead back at 14-13 on another Rasmussen three pointer at the 10:12 mark but Dordt's Jamie Kok answered with a 3 of her own to give the Defenders the advantage at 16-14. Again Rasmussen buried a 3 to put the 'Wolves up by 1 and the teams were knotted at 18-18 and 23-23. Brianna Spronk hit a jumper and knocked in 2 free throws to put Dordt College up by 4 (27-23) but the 'Wolves responded with a Janelle Baal 3 pointer to cut the Dordt lead to one. Spronk gave the Defenders a two point lead with a made free throw and a jumper by Queen Omahara for the Wolves tied the game for the 5th time (28-28) and neither team scored over the final two minutes and entered half deadlocked at 28-28.<p>
A Van Dyke layup followed by a pair of Elise Maresh free throws gave Dordt and early 4 point lead (32-28) in the second half and an Alex Wilson 3 pointer for Nebraska Wesleyan at 17:19 tied the game for the sixth time (34-34). A Janelle Baal 3 pointer at 14:46 put the 'Wolves up by 4 (40-36) and jumpers by Spencer and Van Dyke for Dordt tied the game for the 7th time. The teams were knotted at 42-42 and 44-44 until and 8-2 run for the 'Wolves capped by a Rasmussen 3, put the visitors up by a game high 6 points at 52-46. Dordt rallied with an 8-2 run of their own to tie the game for the 10th time (54-54) with 4:24 to play. Back to back baskets for the visitors game the Wolves a 4 point lead but Dordt stayed in striking range and a pair of free throws from the Defenders' Kayla Gesink with 1:12 to play tied the game for the 11th time (60-60). A pair of makes from the charity stripe for Mallory Shanahan gave Nebraska Wesleyan a two point lead and Dordt missed a jumper on their next possession that would have tied it again. The Wolves' Janelle Baal made the first of two free throws with 23 seconds left but missed the second to keep it a one possession game. The Defenders called time out with 18 seconds left and got off a 3 pointer but could not convert but they did grab the offensive board and called time out with 4 seconds remaining. Again Dordt was unable to made the 3 point basket, falling by a final of 63-60.<p>
"We tried as hard as we could to contain Rasmussen and force her into tough shots but she was very confident and played well and was the difference in the game. Down the stretch I felt like we executed fairly well and called some good sets but just couldn't make shots. Kara (Van Dyke) had a good afternoon yet we need someone else to shoot it well also. We were very happy with the improvement in the turnover department, only giving it up 13 times was really nice," said Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma.<p>
Dordt College was outshot 33% (19-57) to (23-53) 43% and the teams grabbed 37 rebounds each. The PrairieWolves were really good from behind the arc, making 11-18 (61%) while Dordt College was 3 of 12 for 25% from 3 point range. The Defenders finished the afternoon with just 13 turnovers while Nebraska Wesleyan gave up 20.<p>
Dordt was led by Kara Van Dyke's 17 points to go along with a team high 9 rebounds while Brianna Spronk finished with 13 points and 7 boards. Van Dyke and Danelle Boone had 3 assists each with Van Dyke also picking up a team high 4 steals.<p>
Shea Rasmussen had 32 points for Nebraska Wesleyan on 12 of 17 from the floor, including 6 of 9 from three point range and Janelle Baal was the only other player in double figures with 10 points. Melissa Bennett pulled down a game high 10 rebounds and Baal and Shanahan each had 4 assists.<p>
Dordt College drops to 3-7 overall and 1-4 in the GPAC while Nebraska Wesleyan improves to 2-6 on the year and 1-4 in conference play.<p>
Dordt will return to action when they play Midland University at home on Monday, December 12 at 6:00 pm in a GPAC contest rescheduled from Saturday, December 3.<p>
Other GPAC scores from this afternoon:<br>
(8) Hastings at 74<br>
(2) Briar Cliff 93<p>
(RV) Doane at 56<br>
(5) Morningside 89<p>
Midland at 50<br>
Mount Marty 62<p>
Standings: (Team/GPAC/Overall)<br>
2 Briar Cliff 5-1/10-2<br>
7 Concordia 4-1/9-1<br>
5 Morningside 4-1/9-3<br>
8 Hastings 4-2/9-2<br>
20 Northwestern 4-2/7-4<br>
RV Doane 3-3/6-4<br>
Mount Marty 2-3/7-6<br>
Dakota Wesleyan 1-3/7-4<br>
Dordt 1-4/3-7<br>
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-4/2-6<br>
Midland 0-5/3-7<p>

Next Up

Dordt will return to action when they play Midland University at home on Monday, December 12 at 6:00 pm in a GPAC contest rescheduled from Saturday, December 3.