Women's Varsity Basketball vs. Mount Marty

W 70-63

6:00 PM - Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Yankton, South Dakota
Non-conference Match


The Defender women hung on to pick up a much needed GPAC victory this evening, knocking off Mount Marty 70-63 on the Lancers home court. Dordt College improves to 6-6 in conference play and 12-10 overall while the Lancers drop to 7-5 in the GPAC and 12-8 on the season. Dordt College now sits tied for seventh place in the conference with Dakota Wesleyan sitting in sixth at 6-5 and Mount Marty is at fifth.<p>
After trailing by as many as eight points on two occasions in the first half, the Defender women used a 12-4 run to tie the game at 30-30 and the two teams went into the locker room knotted at 32-32 thanks to a Kara Van Dyke jumper with four seconds left in the half. "It would be hard to underestimate the value of that run to go in to halftime deadlocked," remarked Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma.<p>
Brianna Spronk gave the Defenders a four point lead (38-34) with a made jumper at 16:13 but quickly surrendered it as the Lancers scored seven straight to take a 41-38 advantage at 14:36. A pair of April Winne free throws found the Lancers up four (44-40) with 12:27 left but the Defenders knotted the game at 45-45 and the teams were again tied at 47-47. A 10-3 run for Dordt College over a five minute span put the Defenders up 57-50 on a Jasmin Schelhaas basket at 5:23. The Lancers got within five on two separate occasions but a Kayla Broekhuis three pointer followed by a Brianna Spronk jumper gave the Defenders a ten point lead (64-54) with 1:46 left in the contest. "They shoot the three pointer well so the game was certainly not decided until the very end," said Stiemsma. <p>Three pointers by April Winne and Taylor Forsch sandwiched a Brittany Little free throw and Little followed up the Forsch three ball with a jumper of her own to give the Lancers nine straight points, getting within one (64-63) with 35 seconds left in the game.<p>
The Lancers were forced to foul and the Defenders were a perfect six for six down the stretch to help secure the 70-63 win. "Our ladies played really well and very hard," stated Stiemsma, "they were very focused and we had some solid player on the road from our veterans. We really defended well in the second half and that was key for us."<p>
The Defenders were lead in scoring by Kayla Broekhuis who finished with 18 points on six of ten from the floor with three makes from beyond the arc and two of two from the line to go along with two steals and an assist. Kara Van Dyke picked up another double double with 16 points and 11 rebounds with the junior make five of twelve from the floor with one made three and five of six from the charity stripe. Brianna Spronk added 14 points on five of nine from the field and four of five from the line.<p>
April Winne had a game high 18 points for the Lancers on six of sixteen shooting with three made three pointers and three of five from the line while also yanking down six boards. Britanny Little had a baker's dozen on five of nine shooting with three of six from the line. Taylor Forsch had twelve points on four of ten with all four makes coming from beyond the arc.<p>
Dordt College won the battle of the boards, grabbing 38 rebounds to Mount Marty's 32. The Defenders committed 22 turnovers while forcing the Lancers in to 17.<p>

GPAC Results from today:<br>
(5) Briar Cliff at 80<br>
Nebraska Wesleyan 46<p>
Dordt at 70<br>
Mount Marty 63<p>
(2) Concordia at 80<br>
Midland 49<p>
(11) Northwestern at 60<br>
(4) Morningside 63<p>
Hastings at 59<br>
Doane 55<p>

GPAC Standings:<br>
2 Concordia 11-1/18-1<br>
4 Morningside 9-3/17-4<br>
5 Briar Cliff 8-3/17-4 <br>
11 Northwestern 8-4/14-5 <br>
Mount Marty 7-5/12-8<br>
RV Dakota Wesleyan 6-5/14-6 <br>
Dordt 6-6/12-10 <br>
Hastings 6-6/11-11 <br>
Midland 3-9/8-13 <br>
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-11/3-14<br>
Doane 0-12/5-15<p>
Dordt College will be at home on Saturday, January 19 when they play host to Nebraska Wesleyan at 2:00 pm in the De Witt Gymnasium.

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Dordt College will be at home on Saturday, January 19 when they play host to Nebraska Wesleyan at 2:00 pm in the De Witt Gymnasium.