Women's Varsity Basketball vs. Concordia (NE)

L 64-71

2:00 PM - Saturday, February 11, 2012
Sioux Center, Iowa
Non-conference Match


The Dordt College Defender women went toe to toe with #2 ranked Concordia this afternoon, and with three minutes to play were tied 60-60 with the Bulldogs, before falling 71-64 in Great Plains Athletics Conference action. With the victory Concordia improves to 26-2 on the season and 16-2 in the conference while the Defenders fall to 10-17 overall and 5-14 in the GPAC.<p>
Neither team was able to create any separation over the first 16 and a half minutes of play with the biggest lead being a 4 point Dordt advantage at 23-19 and 25-21. The Dordt edge was just 2 (25-23) with 3:20 to play and an 8-0 run for the Defenders gave them a 10 point lead (33-23) with 19 seconds to play and Dordt enjoyed a 33-25 advantage after the first half.<p>
An 11-3 Concordia run to start the second half tied the game at 36-36 with 15:44 to play and an old fashioned three point basket by the Bulldog's Laboda gave Concordia their biggest lead of the game at 8 (43-51), outscoring Dordt 24-10 over the opening 9 minutes of the half.<p>
The Defenders showed their grit by replying with a 9-0 run, capped with a Bailey Spencer three pointer at 7:14 to give Dordt a 52-51 lead and the teams were knotted at 54, 60 and again at 62-62 with under two minutes to play. Amber Kistler his a 3 on the next Concordia possession to go up 65-62 with 1:33 left and a pair of Kayla Broekhuis free throws cut the Bulldog lead back down to one (65-64) with 1:09 to go but the last 6 points of the contest would go to the visitors in taking the 71-64 win.<p>
"They are awfully good," said Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma, "we defended the three pretty well and they were still able to make 10 of 25. At the end of the game they proved why they are the top team in the conference."<p>
Dordt College was led in scoring by Kayla Broekhuis who finished with 17 points on 5 of 10 from the floor, with 3 of 5 from three point range and 4 of 4 from the charity stripe to go along with 4 rebounds. Brianna Spronk and Jamie Kok both had a dozen points with Spronk picking up 10 of hers from the charity stripe on a perfect 10 of 10 while also snaring a team high 6 rebounds while Kok was 5 of 9 from the floor with 2 of 3 from beyond the arc.<p>
As a team the Defenders shot 17 for 44 (38.6%)with 7 of 15 (46.7%) from three point range and a stout 23 for 27 (85.2%)from the stripe.<p>
Kristen Conahan led all players with 19 points on 5 of 12 from the floor; 4 of 11 from three point range and 5-5 from the free throw line. Amber Kistler and Katie Rich both had 13 points while Lori Loboda ripped down a game high 13 boards, including 4 on the offensive glass.<p>
The Bulldogs fired up 25 three pointers, making 10(40%)and were 22 of 58(37.9%)from the floor and 17-21 from the free throw line for 81%.<p>
Dordt narrowly outrebounded Concordia 33-32 and the Defenders turned the ball over 25 times while forcing the Bulldogs into 18 of their own.<p>
"We did a lot of things really well tonight, we rebounded strongly, attacked the basket, and we played hard and with a lot of intensity," said Stiemsma. "Bailey (Spencer) played well and hit a big 3 at a key time. She does whatever is asked of her both off and on the floor and her departure will be a big loss for us."<p>
With the loss the Defenders have been mathematically eliminated from post-season play.<p>

Other GPAC scores from today:<br>
(11) Briar Cliff at 82<br>
(5) Morningside 89<p>
Doane at 58<br>
(7) Northwestern 74<p>
(19) Hastings at (OT) 71<br>
(RV) Mount Marty 78<p>

GPAC Standings:<br>
2 Concordia 16-2/26-2 <br>
5 Morningside 15-3/22-6 <br>
7 Northwestern 14-4/20-6 <br>
11 Briar Cliff 11-7/20-8 <br>
19 Hastings 10-8/18-9 <br>
RV Mount Marty 10-8/16-11 <br>
Doane 8-10/12-11 <br>
Dakota Wesleyan 6-11/15-12 <br>
Dordt 5-14/10-17 <br>
Midland 2-16/9-18 <br>
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-16/5-18<p>

The Defender women will travel to Crete, Nebraska on Saturday, February 18 for a 2:00 pm game with the Doane Tigers.

Next Up

The Defender women will travel to Crete, Nebraska on Saturday, February 18 for a 2:00 pm game with the Doane Tigers.