Women's Varsity Basketball vs. Briar Cliff

W 91-74

2:00 PM - Saturday, December 15, 2012
Sioux Center, Iowa
Non-conference Match


The Dordt College Defender women picked up a well deserved 91-74 upset win over the 6th ranked Briar Cliff Chargers this afternoon (Saturday, December 15) after narrowly losing to the 3rd ranked Morningside Mustangs on Wednesday. With the victory the Defenders improve to .500 in conference (4-4) and overall (8-8) while the Chargers move to 11-2 on the season and 5-2 in GPAC play.<p>
The Defenders led from wire to wire, starting the game strongly by making the first 6 points of the contest to take a 6-0 lead at 18:13 and built a double digit lead at 20-10 on Schelhaas 3 pointer with 11:55 left and pushed their advantage to as many as 13. An Elise Maresh layup at 8:03 gave the Defenders a 27-14 lead but a 7 point run by the Chargers put them within 6 (27-21) with 6:26 to play and the visitors got within 3 (29-26) on a Slone Master jumper at 4:38. Dordt responded with an 8-1 run of their own to regain the double digit lead (37-27) with 2:15 to play and the Defenders enjoyed a 44-33 half-time lead.<p>
Briar Cliff's Kelsey Evans had the first 5 points of the second half to put the Chargers within 6 (44-38)a little over a minute into the second half but a Kara Van Dyke 3 pointer followed by 3 made free throws by Jamie Kok put the Defenders back up by a dozen, 50-38 with 17:51 to go and they extended their lead to 14 (54-40) on a pair of Jessica Jelsema free throws at 14:22. A three pointer at 13:06 by Mattie Murren for the Chargers made it 56-47 but a 12-4 Defender run capped by a Danelle Boone three pointer at 9:47 pushed the Dordt lead to 17 and the ranked opponent would get no closer than 12 the rest of the way as the Defenders made 7 of 8 free throws over the final six and a half minutes and consistently kept the Chargers at bay in picking up an important conference win.<p>

"We were very prepared to play two highly ranked teams this week and that preparation paid off today," stated Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma. "Our juniors and seniors showed some exceptional leadership this afternoon and never folded when Briar Cliff would go on a little run, they just focused on making the next basket. Jasmine (Schelhaas) was pretty key in controlling the game." Schelhaas finished the game with just 2 turnovers in 32 minutes of action.<p>
On the afternoon the Defender women shot 57.7% from the floor and were equally impressive from three point range, making 7 of 13 threes for 53.8%. Dordt College also made as many free throws as the Chargers attempted, with Dordt making 24 of 31 (77.4%) while Briar Cliff hit 16 of 24 and the Defenders enjoyed a 10 point advantage in rebounding, grabbing 38 to Briar Cliff's 28. Dordt committed 20 turnovers and Briar Cliff gave the ball up 16 times.<p>
Dordt College had 5 players in double digits in scoring with Kara Van Dyke pacing the Defender women with 19 points on 8 of 10 from the with one made three and 2 of 2 from the line. Elise Maresh had 16 point on 6 of 8 field goals and 4 of 5 from the charity stripe. Danelle Boone finished with 15 point on 5 of 7 shooting with 3 of 4 from beyond the arch and 2 of 2 from the line. Jasmin Schelhaas and Brianna Spronk rounded out the double digit scorers with 12 and 10 respectively. Van Dyke, Spronk and Jaimie Kok each snared 6 boards and Elise Maresh led the team with 6 assists with Kok, Schelhaas, Van Dyke and Spronk each handing out 3 with the Defender women getting assists on 20 of their 30 made baskets.<p>
Kelsey Evans led all scorers with 20 for Briar Cliff on 7 of 13 from the floor before fouling out. Kela Cihak was the only other Charger in double figures with 12 points and the trio of Evans, Summer Gordon and Slone Masters each pulled down 5 boards.<p>

Games today in the GPAC:<br>
(6) Briar Cliff at 74<br>
Dordt 91<p>
Midland at 53<br>
(3) Morningside 77<p>
Hastings at 45<br>
(8) Northwestern 77<p>
Nebraska Wesleyan at 56<br>
Mount Marty 81<p>
Doane at 69<br>
(RV) Dakota Wesleyan 81<p>
GPAC Standings:<br>
1 Concordia 6-0/12-0<br>
3 Morningside 6-1/11-1<br>
6 Briar Cliff 5-2/11-2<br>
8 Northwestern 5-2/10-3<br>
RV Dakota Wesleyan 4-3/10-4<br>
Mount Marty 4-3/7-5<br>
Dordt 4-4/8-8<br>

Hastings 3-4/7-7<br>
Midland 2-6/5-8<br>
Doane 0-7/5-9<br>
Nebraska Wesleyan 0-7/1-10<p>
Dordt College will have two weeks off for the Christmas break before heading back to the hardwood on Saturday, December 29 at 2:00 pm in Orange City when they take on Clarke as part of the Northwestern Classic.<p>

Next Up

Dordt College will have two weeks off for the Christmas break before heading back to the hardwood on Saturday, December 29 at 2:00 pm in Orange City when they take on Clarke as part of the Northwestern Classic.<p>