Women's Varsity Basketball vs. Northwestern

L 51-71

6:00 PM - Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Sioux Center, Iowa
Non-conference Match


Dordt College dropped a 71-51 decision to the Northwestern Red Raiders in a GPAC game contested in Sioux Center this evening (December 5) and fall to 5-7 on the year and 2-3 in conference play while the Raiders improve to 8-3 overall and 4-2 in the GPAC.<p>
A 12-2 run by Northwestern turned a 5-5 tie into a 17-7 advantage with 11:23 to play in the first half. Dordt answered with 7 straight to cut the Raider lead down to 3 at 17-14 at the 9:17 mark but the Raiders responded with 8 in a row to push the gap to 11 with Northwestern lead 25-14. Northwestern managed to push the lead to as many as a baker's dozen in the first half and took an 11 point lead (37-26) in to the half.<p>
Northwestern outscored the Defender women 14-4 in the first five and a half minutes of the second half to take a 21 point lead (51-30) with 14:25 to play and Dordt College would get no closer than 19 the rest of the way.<p>
The Defender women shot 34.1% from the floor on 14 of 41 attempts and were 20 of 31 from the free throw line for 64.5%. Both teams struggled from three point range with Dordt College making 3 of 16 (18.8%) while the Raiders made 1 of 11 (9.1%).<p>
Northwestern shot 42.2% on 27 of 64 from the floor and made 16 of 21 free throws (76.2%).<p>
Kara Van Dyke totaled 22 points for the Defender women scoring on 5 of 8 field goal attempts, making 1 of 2 from three point range and adding 11 points on 14 free throw attempts. Kayla Broekhuis added 10 points for Dordt on 3 of 11 from the floor with 2 of 8 from beyond the arc and 2 of 3 from the charity stripe. Van Dyke and Spronk both yanked down 6 rebounds on the night.<p>
Northwestern's Kendra De Jong posted a double double with game highs in points (25) and rebounds (12). De Jong was 9 of 12 from the floor and 7 of 9 from the line and had 6 boards on each end of the court while also dishing out 3 assists, picking up 2 steals and one blocked shot. Samantha Kleinsasser had 22 points for the Raiders on 9 of 16 shooting and a perfect 4-4 from the floor.<p>
The Raiders enjoyed a 13 point advantage in rebounding, grabbing 43 boards while the Defenders pulled down 30. Northwestern as a team dished out 19 assists while Dordt only had 2 assisted baskets on the night and the Defender women coughed the ball up 26 times to Northwestern's 19.<p>
"I'd give Northwestern a lot of credit for their work on the defensive end," said Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma, "but we turned the ball over far too much when it really mattered. We also let them shoot shots in the lane that they like to shooting and they dominated us on rebounding. We have to execute much better."<p>
Other GPAC scores from today:<br>
(1) Concordia at 72<br>
(5) Briar Cliff 65<p>
Midland at 65<br>
Doane 60<p>
(3) Morningside at 74<br>
(RV) Dakota Wesleyan 59<p>
(RV) Hastings at 56<br>
Nebraska Wesleyan 49<p>
GPAC Standings:<br>
(1) Concordia 5-0/11-0<br>
(5) Briar Cliff 4-1/10-1<br>
(3) Morningside 3-1/8-1<br>
(8) Northwestern 4-2/8-3<br>
(R)V Hastings 3-2/7-5<br>
RV Dakota Wesleyan 2-2/8-3<br>
Mount Marty 2-2/4-4<br>
Dordt 2-3/5-7<br>
Midland 1-4/4-6<br>
Nebraska Wesleyan 0-4/1-7<br>
Doane 0-5/5-7<p>
Dordt College will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, December 8 to take on Nebraska Wesleyan in a GPAC contest scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm.

Next Up

Dordt College will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, December 8 to take on Nebraska Wesleyan in a GPAC contest scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm.