Women's Varsity Basketball vs. Concordia (NE)

W 96-86

2:00 PM - Saturday, January 5, 2013
Sioux Center, Iowa
Non-conference Match


The Dordt College Defender women ended the first half of their GPAC season in dramatic fashion, upsetting the #1 ranked Concordia Bulldogs 96-86 in double overtime. Concordia entered the contest with a 15 game win streak and the top spot in the NAIA Division 2 standings but leave Sioux Center with a 15-1 record overall and 8-1 in the conference while the Defenders improve to 10-9 overall and 5-5 in the GPAC.<p>
"You really need to credit our young ladies," noted Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma. "We got down by as many as eight and we just kept battling and fighting and really executed well at times."<p>
"We showed some great energy and effort to start the game" said Stiemsma who's team got out of the gate quickly, enjoying ten point leads at 13-3 and 24-14 before taking their largest lead of the game at 27-16 with 8:40 to play in the first half. The Defenders shot nine of 12 (75%) from the floor during that stretch, including a pair of threes for both Danelle Boone and Kayla Broekhuis.<p>
Trailing by 11, the Bulldogs got a layup form Tracy Peitz to make it a nine point game and Bailey Morris cut it to six with a three. Kayla Broekhuis dropped in her 3rd three pointer of the contest to regain the nine point cushion (30-21) with 7:20 left in the half. Concordia then went on a 11-1 run tying the game on a made free throw before taking their first lead of the contest 32-31 on the second shot from the charity stripe with 4:16 to play. The teams were tied again at 32, 35, 37 and 40 before Concordia hit the lost shot of the half to take a 42-40 lead in to the break.<p>
The Defenders scored the first bucket of the second half to tie the game at 42 but the Bulldogs' Jenna Lehmann had the next four points to give the visitors a 46-42 advantage. The Bulldog lead hovered between one and five through the first ten minutes of the second half until a Kristen Conahan 3 point pushed their lead to 59-52 at 9:50. A Jasmin Schelhaas three-pointers at 6:43 got the Defenders within three(62-59) but Conahan answered with another three and the visitors found themselves up 71-63 on a pair of Jerrica Pearson free throws with 2:14 to play. Another Schelhaas three-pointer for the Defenders made it a 71-66 with 2:05 remaining and a pair of Kayla Broekhuis free throws with 44 seconds lefts made it a one possession game at 71-68. With under 10 seconds remaining and needing a three, Dordt's Kayla Broekhuis launched a three from the right side, that may have been partially deflected, that banked off the glass and went in to tie the game at 71-71. Concordia had a chance for the win but Bailey Morris couldn't get her shot to drop, forcing the extra session.<p>
In the first overtime, neither team was able to outdistance the opposition by more than two points and the two sides were tied at 73, 75, and 77 and a made free throw by Brianna Spronk tied the game at 80 with 31 seconds to play. Again the Bulldogs had a chance to win the game with the last possession of the overtime but missed a jumper and an attempted tip to force a second overtime.<p> Kara Van Dyke scored the first five points of the second overtime and Broekhuis added two from the charity stripe to give the Defenders an 87-80 lead. A Conahan three-pointer cut the advantage down to four but another Van Dyke basket at 2:53 and a made free throw by Elise Maresh gave the Defenders back their seven point margin at 90-83. Bailey Morris made one free throw to get the Bulldogs within six but Van Dyke answered with two made free throws to push Dordt up by eight and Concordia would only make one basket over the final minute while Dordt went 4 of 4 from the line to pick up the ten point win.<p>
Dordt's Kara Van Dyke led all scorers with 27, including nine points in the second overtime alone. Van Dyke was 9-15 from the floor, including 2-3 from beyond the arc and was a perfect 7-7 from the charity stripe while also ripping down nine boards and dishing out four assists. Kayla Broekhuis finished with 21 points on 4 of 10 from the floor with all four coming from three-point range and Broekhuis made 9-10 on free throws and also grabbed eight boards, had two assists and a steal. Elise Maresh added 15 and Jasmin Schelhaas 14 while Brianna Spronk rounded out the double digit scorers with 11 to go along with four steals. Maresh pulled down a game high 13 rebounds with three on the offensive end and also had a game high five assists.<p>
Concordia also had a balanced attack with six players scoring in double figures, with Jerrica Pearson leading the way with 18 off the bench. Tracy Peitz and Kristen Conahan both ended with 14 while Bailey Morris had 12 and Kelsey Hizer 10. Lori Laboda pulled down 12 boards and Bailey Morris had a game high seven steals.<p>
Dordt's defense held the Bulldogs to 71 points in regulation, well below their 85.9 points per game average and the Defenders outrebounded Concordia 38-36.<p>
"We just kept making plays and had enough defensive stops to get the win. Concordia just comes at you in waves. We played well and they played well. A great win for our team."<p>

GPAC Games from Today: <br>
Nebraska Wesleyan at 53<br>
(RV) Dakota Wesleyan 69<p>
(1) Concordia at 86<br>
Dordt 96<br>
Double OT<p>
Doane at 60<br>
(8) Northwestern 73<p>
Hastings at 67<br>
Mount Marty 80<p>
(3) Morningside vs 77<br>
(6) Briar Cliff 71<br>
CNOS Foundation Classic (Tyson Event Center)<p>

GPAC Standings:<br>
1 Concordia 8-1/15-1<br>
3 Morningside 8-1/16-2<br>
6 Briar Cliff 6-3/15-4<br>
RV Dakota Wesleyan 6-3/14-4<br>
8 Northwestern 6-3/12-4<br>
Mount Marty 5-4/10-7<br>
Dordt 5-5/10-9<br>
Hastings 4-5/9-10<br>
Midland 2-7/6-11<br>
Doane 0-9/5-12<br>
Nebraska Wesleyan 0-9/2-12<p>
The Dordt College Defender women will next travel to Dakota State for a non-conference contest on Wednesday, January 9 at 5:30 pm.

Next Up

The Dordt College Defender women will next travel to Dakota State for a non-conference contest on Wednesday, January 9 at 6:00 pm.