Women's Varsity Basketball vs. Northwestern

L 62-87

6:00 PM - Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Sioux Center, Iowa
Non-conference Match


The Dordt College Defender women fell by a score of 87-62 in front of a capacity crowd this evening to the 7th ranked Northwestern Red Raiders in the DeWitt Gymnasium. With the victory the Raiders improve to 12-3 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference and 18-5 overall while the Defenders drop to 10-14 on the year and 5-11 in GPAC play.<p>
The Defender women were able to shoot the threes well enough in the early going to hold 4 point leads on three occasions and were up 17-13 with 15 minutes to play in the half. A 15-0 run by the Raiders, capped by a Kleinjan 3 pointer put the visitors up 28-17 with 11:32 to go. An 8-2 response by Dordt College aided by three pointers from Gesink and Boone got the Defenders back within 5 (30-25) with 8 minutes to play but a Raider 14-4 run pushed the Northwestern advantage to 15 (44-29) with 3 minutes to play and the Raiders took a 19 point lead into the break (55-36).<p> The Defender women shot 6 of 8 from three point range in the first half and were 8 of 9 from the three point range. Kayla Broekhuis finished the first half with 9 points while Northwestern's Kendra De Jong had 15 points on 7 of 10 shooting in the opening 20 minutes of play.<p>
Northwestern outpaced the Defenders 11-2 during the first 5 minutes of the second half to push the gap to 28 (66-38)and led by as many as 30 in the second half before taking the 25 point win in the Sioux County rivalry.<p>
Dordt College was led in scoring by Kayla Broekhuis and Elise Maresh who both finished with 12 points. Broekhuis was 4 of 9 from the floor with all four field goals coming from 3 point range while Maresh was 3 of 11 from the floor and a perfect 6 of 6 from the charity stripe. Brianna Spronk had a game high 8 rebounds while Kara Van Dyke pulled down 7 to go along with 3 assists.<p>
Northwestern was topped by Kendra DeJong's 21 points on 9 of 13 from the floor and 3 of 3 from the free throw line while also grabbing 5 boards and dishing out 5 assists. Samantha Kleinsasser finished with 14 points, Kami Kuhlman 13, Mackenzie Small had 12 and Val Kleinjan 10. Mel Babcock, Karen Hutson, De Jong and Kleinsasser all snared 5 rebounds and a quartet of Raiders picked up 3 steals.<p>
As a team, Dordt College shot 18 of 54 (33.3%) from the floor, making 9 of 20 (45%)from beyond the arc and converted 17 of 23 (73.9%) free throw attempts.<p>
The Raiders shot 50% from the floor on 32 of 64 attempts while making 6 of 15 (40%) from three point range and added 17 points from the free throw line on 17 of 21 (81%).<p>
Northwestern narrowly edged the Defenders in rebounding grabbing 38 caroms while Dordt pulled down 35. Dordt College committed 26 turnovers on the night with the Raiders giving up the ball 19 times.<p>
"You just have to give them (Northwestern) a lot of credit," stated Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma, "their 1-2-2 zone just gave us a lot of trouble and they were able to convert a fair bit in transition. They tipped and deflected a lot of passes and at times we held the ball or dribbled too much. They simply outplayed us. Each game now is a one game season and we need to look forward to playing Hastings on Saturday."<p>
Scores from around the GPAC:<br>
(10) Briar Cliff at 73<br>
Doane 77<p>
(20) Hastings at 76<br>
Midland 58<p>
(5) Morningside at 68<br>
Dakota Wesleyan 58<p>
(7) Northwestern at 87<br>
Dordt 62<p>
(3) Concordia at 82<br>
Nebraska Wesleyan 58<p>

GPAC Standings:<br>
3 Concordia 13-2/23-2 <br>
5 Morningside 13-3/19-6 <br>
7 Northwestern 12-3/18-5 <br>
10 Briar Cliff 10-5/19-6 <br>
RV Mount Marty 9-6/15-9 <br>
20 Hastings 8-7/16-8 <br>
Doane 7-9/11-10<br>
Dakota Wesleyan 5-10/14-11<br>
Dordt 5-11/10-14<br>
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-14/5-16<br>
Midland 1-15/8-17<p>

The Defender women will travel down to Hastings, Nebraska on Saturday, February 4 for a 2:00 pm GPAC game against the Hastings Broncos.

Next Up

The Defender women will travel down to Hastings, Nebraska on Saturday, February 4 for a 2:00 pm GPAC game against the Hastings Broncos.