Women's Varsity Basketball vs. Nebraska Wesleyan

W 80-63

2:00 PM - Saturday, January 19, 2013
Sioux Center, Iowa
Non-conference Match


The Dordt College Defender women moved over the .500 mark in GPAC play with an 80-63 victory over the Nebraska Wesleyan Prairie Wolves this afternoon (January 19)in the De Witt Gymnasium. The Defenders move to 7-6 in conference play and 13-10 overall with the victory while the 'Wolves drop to 3-15 on the season and 1-12 in conference play. Dordt College made 34 of 36 (94.4%) free throws in the contest, dropping in 25 of 27 in the second half of play.<p>
The Defenders moved out to an eight point lead (16-8) on a Jasmin Schelhaas three pointer with 13:43 to play in the first half but the visiting 'Wolves rattled off seven straight to get within one on a three point play by Mallory Shanahan. <p>A three pointer by Kayla Broekhuis at 6:52 pushed Dordt's lead to five (24-19) but Nebraska Wesleyan answered with six points in a row to to take a 25-24 advantage with 5:29 left. Nebraska Wesleyan continued to hold a one point lead (29-28) with a little over four minutes left in the half when the Defenders knocked in seven straight, with five of those coming from Emily Neuman, to go up 35-29 with 1:40 left in the half and Dordt took a 37-32 lead in to the halftime break.<p>
Seven points by Nebraska Wesleyan's Mallory Shanahan in the first three and half minutes of the second half allowed the 'Wolves to tie the game at 41-41 but the Defenders answered with eight in a row to take a 49-41 lead with 13 minutes to play. The 'Wolves would not go away and rallied with a pair of three point baskets to get within two (51-49) and they continued to trail by two (53-51) halfway through the second half. Dordt's defense would hold the visitors without a made field goal for almost five minutes, outscoring Nebraska Wesleyan 14-2, to take a 67-53 lead. A layup by Felicia TeKolste stopped the scoring drought and got the Prairie Wolves within a dozen (67-55) but they would get no closer as the Defenders stayed rock solid from the free throw line and kept the 'Wolves at bay, picking up the 80-63 win.<p>
The Defender women had four different players in double figures with Jasmin Schelhaas and Kara Van Dyke each with 14 while Kayla Broekhuis and Jamie Kok both picked up 12. Schelhaas was three of eight from the floor with two of six from three point range and a perfect six of six from the charity stripe. Van Dyke was also three of eight from the field and was eight of eight on free throws. Broekhuis was four of fourteen from the floor, hitting one of nine from beyond the arc and was three of three from the line while also grabbing a game high seven steals. Jamie Kok did not miss a shot on the day as she was four of four from the field and four of four from the charity stripe. Elise Maresh and Jessica Jelsema both snared six boards on the afternoon.<p>
Mallory Shanahan led all scorers with 26 for the Prairie Wolves on eight of fourteen from the field, making two of two from three point range and eight of eight from the stripe while also ripping down a game high eight boards. Kaitlyn Janata was the only other player in double figures with 16 on six of twelve from the field, with two made threes and two of two from the line.<p>
Dordt College pulled down 38 boards with 16 on the offensive end while Nebraska Wesleyan had 29 rebounds. Dordt's defense forced the 'Wolves in to 23 turnovers while committing 15 of their own.<p>
"Our bench was excellent today," marked Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma who's bench contributed 30 of Dordt's 80 points on the day. "The team did a nice job of attacking the glass and rebounding well. We couldn't get the separation from them that we hoped for and you can credit Nebraska Wesleyan for that as they played well. Also, we got some good looks from three point range but we just couldn't get them to go and that might have enabled us to distance ourselves from them a little earlier. We played hard for the full forty minutes and that is certainly something we are looking for."<p>
The Defenders could move in to sixth place in the GPAC if Dakota Wesleyan falls to the #2 ranked Concordia Bulldogs tomorrow afternoon.<p>

GPAC Scores from January 19, 2013:<br>
Nebraska Wesleyan at 63<br>
Dordt 80<p>
Midland at 64<br>
Mount Marty 81<p>
Doane at 71<br>
(4) Morningside 78<p>
Hastings at 70<br>
(5) Briar Cliff 79 in OT<p>

Sunday, Jan 20<br>
(2) Concordia at 2:00pm<br>
(RV) Dakota Wesleyan <p>

GPAC Standings after Saturday, January 19:<br>
2 Concordia 11-1/18-1<br>
4 Morningside 10-3/18-4 <br>
5 Briar Cliff 9-3/18-4 <br>
11 Northwestern 8-4/14-5 <br>
Mount Marty 8-5/13-8 <br>
RV Dakota Wesleyan 6-5/15-6 <br>
Dordt 7-6/13-10 <br>
Hastings 6-7/11-12<br>
Midland 3-10/8-14 <br>
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-12/3-15<br>
Doane 0-13/5-16<p>
Morningside is up next on the Dordt College women's basketball schedule as the Mustangs travel to Sioux Center on Wednesday, January 23 for a Great Plains Athletic Conference contest scheduled for a 6 pm tip-off.

Next Up

Morningside is up next on the Dordt College women's basketball schedule as the Mustangs travel to Sioux Center on Wednesday, January 23 for a Great Plains Athletic Conference contest scheduled for a 6 pm tip-off.