Women's Varsity Basketball vs. Northwestern

L 67-71

6:00 PM - Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Orange City, Iowa
Non-conference Match


The Dordt College Defender women narrowly lost a GPAC contest in Orange City this evening, falling 71-67 to Northwestern in GPAC play. The Red Raiders improve to 16-6 overall and 10-5 in the GPAC with the win while the Defenders fall to 7-10 in conference play and 13-13 on the season. <p>
After trailing 5-1 at 18:21 the Defender women outscored the Red Raiders 7-0 to take an 8-5 advantage and the teams were knotted at eight on an Alli Dunkelberger three pointer for Northwestern. The Red Raiders found themselves up 13-10 but a layup by Spronk followed by a second Kayla Broekhuis three pointer put the Defenders up 15-13 halfway through the opening session. A Kendra De Jong jumper tied the game but Broekhuis buried her third three pointer of the evening to put the Defenders up 18-15 and an Elise Maresh jumper gave Dordt their biggest lead of the evening at 20-15 with 8:59 remaining. A five point run by Northwestern tied the game at 20-20 but back to back buckets gave Dordt a 24-20 advantage at 6:20. Eight unanswered points by the Raiders put Northwestern up 28-24 with 3:25 left in the half but yet another Broekhuis three pointer would stop the run and put the Defenders within a point at 28-27 and the Raiders would take a 34-33 halftime lead.<p>
Northwestern pushed their lead to 40-35 early into the second half but the Defenders would tie the game at 40-40 with a Spronk jumper and Broekhuis' fifth three point basket of the night at 17:05. A 10-3 Red Raider run gave Northwestern their biggest lead of the evening at seven (50-43) with four minutes gone in the second half and the Raiders were able to stretch their lead to 57-48 at 10:18. Over the next three minutes the Defenders were able to hold the Raiders to just one made field goal while picking up nine points to get within two (59-57)on a pair of Elise Maresh free throws at 7:26.<p>
Northwestern pushed the gap back out to seven (65-58) on a Karen Hutson layup at 2:37 but Dordt responded with five straight to get within two again (65-63) with 1:19 to play. A pair of made free throws put Northwestern up by four again and a Spronk layup had the Defenders within two (67-65) with 14 second to play. Kendra De Jong made both free throws for the Raiders to make it a two possession game and with time running down Spronk rebounded and put back a Kayla Broekhuis miss to make it 69-67 with one second to play. Northwestern was able to inbound and score on the ensuing possession for the 71-67 win.<p>
The Defenders were led in scoring by Kayla Broekhuis who finished with 17 points, burying six of nine field goal attempts, including five of seven from three point range while also picking up three steals, three rebounds and an assist. Kara Van Dyke had 13 points on five of fourteen from the floor and two of two from the line while also ripping down 7 boards. Brianna Spronk added 11 points on five of eight shooting with one of two from the line to go along with four rebounds, three assists and a team high five assists. Elisa Maresh had an even ten points on three of six from the floor and four of six from the charity stripe.<p>
Kendra De Jong and Alli Dunkelberger both had 18 points for the Red Raiders with De Jong hitting seven of sixteen from the field and four of four from the line. De Jong also pulled down seven rebounds and picked up two steals while Dunkelberger hit six of ten from the floor including four of eight from three point range and two of two from the line. Mackenzie Small contributed 14 points on four of six from the field and six of eight from the stripe.<p>
"They were just too overwhelming on the boards," remarked Dordt College Head Coach Craig Stiemsma in commenting on the 40-25 edge in rebounding enjoyed by the Red Raiders. "Other than that we battled hard and got good looks, it's just a disappointing loss. Our screening and movement were both pretty good and we were able to get back into the game after getting down nine by getting defensive stops by grabbing rebounds."<p>
GPAC Scores from today:<br>
Doane at 69<br>
(10) Briar Cliff 106<p>
Dordt at 67<br>
(11) Northwestern 71<p>
Midland at 56<br>
Hastings 73<p>
(RV) Dakota Wesleyan at 71<br>
(6) Morningside 78<p>

GPAC Standings:<br>
3 Concordia 13-2/21-3 <br>
6 Morningside 13-3/21-4 <br>
10 Briar Cliff 11-4/20-5 <br>
11 Northwestern 10-5/16-6 <br>
RV Mount Marty 10-5/16-8 <br>
RV Dakota Wesleyan 8-7/17-8<br>
Hastings 8-7/13-12<br>
Dordt 7-9/13-13 <br>
Midland 4-12/9-16 <br>
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-15/3-18<br>
Doane 0-16/5-19<p>

Next Up

Dordt College will play host to the Hastings Broncos on Saturday, February 2 at 2:00 pm.