Women's Varsity Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan

L 50-54

6:00 PM - Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Mitchell, South Dakota
Non-conference Match


A fantastic 2nd half effort from the Dordt College women came up just short as the Defenders dropped a 54-50 GPAC contest to Dakota Wesleyan this evening at the Corn Palace. A 23-4 run by Dordt turned a 19 point Tiger lead (46-27) in to a 50-50 ball game on a Brianna Spronk layup with 1:51 left but the Defenders couldn't get another basket down the stretch in the GPAC contest. Dordt College falls to 10-16 on the season and 5-13 in the conference while the Tigers improve to 14-12 overall and 6-11 in the GPAC. With the win, Dakota Wesleyan moves in front of Dordt College for the 8th and final spot in the GPAC tournament and also enjoy the tiebreaker on the Defenders.<p>
Dakota Wesleyan scored the first 14 points of the contest, taking a 14-0 lead on an Elizabeth Lamb jumper with 14 minutes to play in the half and pushed the advantage to 19 at 21-2 on another Lamb jumper with 11:16 to play. A 15-8 Defender run put the Tiger lead at a dozen (29-17) with 3:34 left in the half and Dakota Wesleyan held a 14 point lead (33-19) going in to the half-time break.<p>
The Defenders were 7-28 from the floor (25%) in the first half, including 3 of 9 (33.3%) from three point range while the Tigers knocked down 13 of 28 for 46.4% with 5 of 11 (45.5%) from beyond the arc. Dakota Wesleyan grabbed 21 rebounds in the opening 20 minutes while Dordt pulled down 16 and the Tigers turned the ball over 8 times to Dordt's 9. Dakota Wesleyan's Elizabeth Lamb had a solid first half of play with 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting, including 2 of 4 from three point range and 1 of 2 from the charity stripe.<p>
Still trailing by 14 in the early stages of the second half, a Kayla Broekhuis 3 pointer got the Defenders within 11 (35-24) but an 11-3 run by the Tigers matched the largest lead of the game at 19 (46-27) with 13:36 to play. Dordt College showed no sign of packing it in and responded with a stunning 23-4 run over the next 11:45 to tie the game at 50-50 on a Brianna Spronk layup with 1:51 to play.<p> The Tigers missed a 3 pointer on their next possession, giving Dordt a chance to take their first lead of the game but a Defender turnover led to an Elizabeth Lamb 3 point basket with 1:11 to play, putting the Tigers up 53-50. Dordt had a couple chances to get within 1 on the next trip down the floor but couldn't get a pair of shots to go and what appeared to be a Dakota Wesleyan foul on a Jamie Kok attempt was ruled a held ball and the Tigers got the ball on the alternate possession. Dordt's Kayla Broekhuis was able to steal the ball back but couldn't get a 3 pointer to go and Amanda Hart added a free throw for the 54-50 final.<p>
Dordt College shot 18 of 53 (34%) on field goals, with 8 of 19 (42.1%) from three point range and were 6 of 11 (54.5%) from the free throw line.<p>
Kayla Broekhuis paced the Defenders with 14 points on 5 of 10 from the floor with 4 of 8 coming from three point range. Jamie Kok and Jessica Jelsema each had 9 for the Defenders while Van Dyke had 8 point and a game high 7 rebounds. Danelle Boone and Brianna Spronk both finished with 3 assists and 2 steals.<p>
The Tigers shot 37.7% from the floor on 20 of 53, with 7 of 22 (31.8%) on threes and 7 of 12 from the line (58.3%).
Dordt College narrowly outrebounded the Tigers 37-35 and the Defenders turned the ball over 19 times to 17 for the Tigers.<p>
Dakota Wesleyan's Elizabeth Lamb led all scorers with 17 points, adding only 2 in the second half, on 7 of 12 from the floor including 2 of 5 from three point range and 1 of 2 from the stripe. Kim Johnson added 10 points and pulled down 5 rebounds while Brittany Pritchard had a team high 6 caroms for the Tigers. Brittany Hills finished with 4 assists and 3 steals.<p>
"Not really much you can say after a game like that," said Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma, "they (DWU) came out with a lot of energy and we just had to fight and battle and finally in the second half we made some head way. I am so proud or our second half effort, we simply couldn't have given any more than we did and we did a great job on the defensive boards in the second half."<p>

Other scores from this evening:<br>
(2) Concordia at 102<br>
(11) Briar Cliff 96<p>
(7) Northwestern at 71<br>
(RV) Mount Marty 57<p>
(19) Hastings at 61<br>
Nebraska Wesleyan 52<p>
GPAC Standings:<br>
2 Concordia 15-2/25-2 <br>
5 Morningside 14-3/21-6 <br>
7 Northwestern 13-4/19-6 <br>
11 Briar Cliff 11-6/20-7 <br>
19 Hastings 10-7/18-8 <br>
RV Mount Marty 9-8/15-11 <br>
Doane 7-9/11-10 <br>
Dakota Wesleyan 6-11/15-12 <br>
Dordt 5-13/10-16 <br>
Midland 2-15/9-17 <br>
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-16/5-18<p>
On Saturday, February 11 at 2:00 pm Dordt College will host 2nd ranked Concordia in their final regular season home game in the DeWitt Gymnasium in Sioux Center.

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On Saturday, February 11 at 2:00 pm Dordt College will host 2nd ranked Concordia in their final regular season home game in the DeWitt Gymnasium in Sioux Center.