Women's Varsity Basketball vs. Midland (NE)

W 63-56

2:00 PM - Saturday, January 14, 2012
Fremont, Nebraska
Non-conference Match

Recap

The Dordt College women's basketball team picked up a much needed conference victory on the road today beating Midland 63-56. With the win Dordt improves to 3-8 in the GPAC and 8-11 overall while the Warriors drop to 0-11 in conference play and 7-13 on the season. <p>The Defenders started slowly, falling behind by as many as ten after a Darien Moon jumper to make it 30-20 at the 2:52 mark of the first half. Dordt was able to trim the lead to six courtesy of two Jessica Jelsema free throws with under a second to go before the half ended.<p>Tight defense was the rule for Dordt in the second half as they outscored Midland 9-3 over the first three minutes of the second half to tie it at 38-38. Bailey Spencer gave Dordt the lead with a free throw and Kayla Gesink cashed in a three-point shot at the 13:31 mark for a 42-38 lead. Dordt never trailed again.<p>The Defenders limited the hosts to five points over the first 12:30 of the second half and withstood a couple charges that got the difference to four points, the last time at the 2:26 mark on a Jamilah Johnson basket making it 56-52.<p>A Kayla Broekhuis three point shot ended the threat and the Defenders snapped a three game GPAC losing skid in the process.<p>Dordt held the hosts to 31 percent shooting in the second half and outscored the Warriors 34-21 after the intermission. Dordt converted 17-48 shots from the floor for 35.4 percent and was 22-27 from the free throw line. The Defenders also owned the glass in the second half while making up a 22-13 disadvantage at halftime to a more respectable 39-36 deficit for the game.<p>The Defenders were led by Jaimie Kok's 19 points. The sophomore scored 10-11 from the free throw line and also had four rebounds. Kayla Broekhuis added nine poitns while Kayla Gesink and Kara Van Dyke each had seven. Van Dyke had a team high seven rebounds with Gesink grabbing four to go with four assists.<p>Midland was topped by Danielle Stephan with 14 and Jamilah Johnson with 12.<p>

"We really turned it up on the defensive end in the second half," said Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma, "and that was the difference in the game. I was really proud of our senior leadership today and Bailey Spencer played a big part in the great defensive effort. We also did a much better job on the boards in the second half. They outrebounded us by 9 in the first half and a lot of those were on the offensive end and we were giving them to many extra opportunities."<p>
Other GPAC scores from today:<br>
(6) Concordia at 74<br>
(5) Morningside 65<p>
Doane at 72<br>
(RV) Mount Marty 64<p>
Nebraska Wesleyan at 51<br>
(10) Northwestern 85<p>

GPAC Standings:<br>
6 Concordia 9-2/16-2 <br>
10 Northwestern 9-2/15-4 <br>
2 Briar Cliff 8-2/17-3 <br>
5 Morningside 8-3/14-6 <br>
14 Hastings 6-4/14-5 <br>
Doane 6-5/10-6 <br>
RV Mount Marty 5-6/10-9 <br>
Dakota Wesleyan 3-7/12-8 <br>
Dordt 3-8/8-11 <br>
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-9/5-11<br>
Midland 0-11/7-13<p>

Dordt College will play host to the Mount Marty Lancers in a GPAC contest on Wednesday, January 18 at 6:00.

Next Up

Dordt College will play host to the Mount Marty Lancers in a GPAC contest on Wednesday, January 18 at 6:00.