Women's Varsity Basketball vs. Mount Marty

L 74-77

6:00 PM - Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Sioux Center, Iowa
Non-conference Match


The Dordt College Defender women's basketball team battled back from a 13 point deficit in the first half to tie the game at 65-65 with under 2 minutes to play in the game but back to back baskets by Mount Marty created a 5 point lead and the Lancers held on to the advantage in securing a 77-74 GPAC win. Mount Marty improves to 6-6 in the conference and 11-9 overall while Dordt drops to 3-9 in GPAC play and 8-12 on the year.<p>
An old-fashioned 3 pointer by Kara Van Dyke at 16:44 in the first half gave the Defender women a 4 point lead (6-2) but 6 straight points for the Lancers gave Mount Marty a 2 point cushion at 8-6. The two teams were knotted at 8-8 and again at 11-11 when Mount Marty rattled off 8 straight to take a 19-11 lead with 8:14 to play in the first half on a Brittany Little layup. An Elise Maresh jumper at 3:47 made it 28-21 but back to back three pointers by the Lancers' Hannah Youngberg and Taylor Forsch created the biggest lead of the night at 13 (34-21) with 2:47 to play. The Defenders held the Lancers scoreless for the rest of the half and added 5 points of their own on a Jamie Kok layup and a Kayla Broekhuis 3 pointer to make it 34-26 at the halftime break.<p>
The Lancer lead hovered between 7 and 11 for the first 12 minutes of the 2nd half half until Jamie Kok nailed a three for the Defenders to cut the lead down to 4 (55-51) with 8:14 to play. Dordt found themselves trailing by 5 (59-54) on a pair of Kylie Gross free throws with 5:53 to play but Danelle Boone answered with 3 pointer to cut it to 2 (59-57) at 5:41. Mount Marty pushed the lead to 5 (65-60) on a Youngberg jumper with 4 minutes to go. A layup by Kara Van Dyke followed by a Jamie Kok made free throw and a jumper by Van Dyke tied the game at 65-65 with 1:52 to play, the first tie since 11-11. Five straight points by the Lancers would prove to be enough as Dordt could get no closer than three down the stretch in dropping the 77-74 decision.<p>
"We didn't shoot free throws well and we didn't rebound well," remarked Defender Head Coach Craig Stiemsma, "and those were a couple things we knew would be pretty important, especially the rebounding. But it certainly wasn't a lack of effort on our part, they are a difficult team to keep off the glass for 40 minutes. We really saw a lot of positive and encouraging things as we battled back to tie the game. I felt like we really dug in and showed great work but than they would go down and hit big 3s. Kara (Van Dyke) and Jamie (Kok) really worked well together and we need to continue to get them a lot of touches."<p>
The Defender women were outrebounded 38 to 26 on the night and the Lancers were able to grab 17 offensive rebounds. Dordt College shot 30-58 from the field for 51.7%, 7-17 (41.2%) from 3 point range and 7-13 (53.8%) from the free throw line. Kara Van Dyke led the Dordt women in scoring with 21 points on 9 of 12 from the floor and 3 for 3 from the charity stripe. Jamie Kok had 15 points for the Defenders to go along with 6 assists and 3 rebounds. Danelle Boone had 10 points for Dordt on 3 of 5 from 3 point range and 1 of 2 from the line. Kayla Broekhuis led all Defenders with 6 rebounds to go along with 6 points and 3 assists.<p>
Mount Marty shot 47.5% from the field on 28 of 59 while knocking home an impressive 10 of 19 from 3 point range for 52.6%. The Lancers were 11 of 16 (68.8%) from the free throw line. Taylor Forsch led all scorers with a game high 24 points on 8 of 15 from the floor and 4 of 4 from the charity stripe. Hannah Youngberg had 15 points on 6-9 from the floor while Kylie Gross and April Winne had 12 each and Kylie Gross also grabbed a game high 14 rebounds.<p>
GPAC scores from Wednesday, January 18:<br>
Nebraska Wesleyan at 67<br>
(2) Briar Cliff 96<p>
(9) Morningside at 76<br>
(7) Northwestern 74<p>
(RV) Doane at 50<br>
(19) Hastings 62<p>

GPAC Standings:<br>
5 Concordia 10-2/17-2<br>
2 Briar Cliff 9-2/18-3<br>
7 Northwestern 9-3/15-5<br>
9 Morningside 9-3/15-6<br>
19 Hastings 7-5/15-6<br>
RV Doane 6-6/10-7<br>
RV Mount Marty 6-6/11-9<br>
Dakota Wesleyan 4-7/13-8<br>
Dordt 3-9/8-12<br>
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-10/5-12<br>
Midland 0-12/7-14<p>

The Defenders will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska to take on the Nebraska Wesleyan Prairiewolves on Saturday, January 21 at 2:00 pm.

Next Up

The Defenders will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska to take on the Nebraska Wesleyan Prairiewolves on Saturday, January 21 at 2:00 pm.