Women's Varsity Basketball vs. Morningside

L 66-81

6:00 PM - Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Sioux City, Iowa
Non-conference Match


The Dordt College women's basketball team dropped an 81-66 outing to the #7 ranked Morningside Mustangs this evening(Wednesday, January 25) in Great Plains Athletic Conference action in Sioux City. With the loss the Defenders drop to 9-13 overall and 4-10 in the GPAC while the Mustangs improve to 11-3 in conference play and 17-6 on the year.<p>
Dordt's first three baskets came by way of the three pointer as Kayla Gesink's three ball got the Defenders to within 1 at 4-3 while back to back threes from Boone and Broekhuis turned a 3 point deficit into a 3 point lead (9-6) with 16:25 to play in the first half. The Dordt women were able to stretch their lead to 17-10 on a pair of Broekhuis free throws but a 7-0 run by the Mustangs tied the game at 17-17 ten minutes in to the opening half of play. Dordt was able to push the lead to six (26-20) on a Van Dyke layup with 7:27 to go and the Defenders were able to hold the lead until a Hanna Blum layup for the Mustanges tied it at 33-33 with 3 minutes to play and baskets by Lehmann and Rauner allowed Morningside to take a 4 point lead (37-33) in to the halftime break.<p>
A 9-2 run by Morningside in the first 3 minutes of the second half allowed the Mustangs to open up a double digit lead at 46-35. Over the next 5 minutes the Mustangs enjoyed a 7 to 11 point lead and a Donell Betts 3 pointer with 11:30 to play got the home team a double digit lead (54-43) that they would keep for the duration of the contest. The Defenders were able to get within 11 on a couple of occasions but could never get it down to a three possession game as the Mustangs took the 15 point GPAC win.<p>
Jamie Kok had scoring honors for the Defenders with 14 points on 4 of 7 from the floor and 2 of 3 from the free throw line to go along with 6 rebounds, 2 blocked shots and a steal. Kara Van Dyke had 13 points on 6 of 7 from the floor and 1 of 2 from the charity stripe while grabbing 8 boards, 2 assists, a block and a steal. Jessica Jelsema had 10 points for Dordt on 4 of 7 in field goals and 2 of 3 from the line.<p>
Brittany Alfredson had a game high 16 points for the Mustangs on 6 of 11 from the floor, including 2 of 5 from three point range, and 2 of 4 on free throws. Alfredson matched Van Dyke's 8 rebounds and also had a game high 7 assists. Nicole Rauner and Chelsie Trask each had 14 points and Kalene Anderson's ten points rounded out the double digit scorers for Morningside.<p>
As a team, the Defenders shot 25 of 51 from the floor (49%), with 4 of 10 (40%) from three point range and 12 of 16 from the free throw line. The Mustangs fired off 20 more shots than the Defenders, shooting 31 of 71 (43.7%) from the floor, with 10 of 27 (37%) from beyond the arc, and were 9 of 13 (69%) on free throws.<p>
Dordt College took the edge in rebounding, grabbing 38 boards as the Mustangs snared 33. The Defenders turned the ball over 23 times while the Mustangs were very stingy, turning the ball over just 8 times on the night.<p>
"Although we still had a lot of turnovers tonight, they weren't the kind where you are just giving the opponent a layup," said Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma. Morningside had 13 points off turnovers while the Defenders were able to get 6 point on Morningside's miscues. "We truly are doing a better job of taking care of the basketball but a 15 turnover disparity is still tough to overcome. They really make you play for 40 minutes and I think we played with them in spurts and we will continue to develop so we can play like that for an entire game."<p>
Other GPAC scores from tonight:<br>
(9) Northwestern at 89<br>
(2) Briar Cliff 88<p>
Nebraska Wesleyan at 52<br>
Midland 68<p>
Dakota Wesleyan at 68<br>
(RV) Mount Marty 71<p>
Last night's GPAC action:<br>
(RV) Doane at 57<br>
(5) Concordia 78<p>
GPAC Standings:<br>
5 Concordia 12-2/20-2<br>
7 Morningside 11-3/17-6<br>
2 Briar Cliff 10-3/19-4<br>
9 Northwestern 10-3/16-5<br>
RV Mount Marty 8-6/13-9<br>
18 Hastings 7-6/15-7<br>
RV Doane 6-8/10-9<br>
Dakota Wesleyan 4-9/13-10<br>
Dordt 4-10/9-13<br>
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-12/5-14<br>
Midland 1-13/8-15<p>
The Defender women will host the Briar Cliff Chargers in conference action on Saturday, January 28 at 2:00 pm in the DeWitt Gymnasium.

Next Up

The Defender women will host the Briar Cliff Chargers in conference action on Saturday, January 28 at 2:00 pm in the DeWitt Gymnasium.