Women's Varsity Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan

W 60-59

6:00 PM - Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Sioux Center, Iowa
Non-conference Match


The Dordt College Defender women survived a slow start to the second half and got a game winning layup from freshman guard Jasmin Schelhaas to pick up a 60-59 GPAC win at home over the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers. With the victory the Defenders improve to 15-13 on the season and 9-9 in conference play while the Tigers drop to 18-9 for the year and 9-8 in GPAC play.<p>
The visiting Tigers jumped out to an early 8-4 lead on an Amanda Hart three pointer but the Defenders rattled off six straight to take a 10-8 advantage. The teams were tied at ten and twelve and a Kayla Broekhuis three pointer for the Defenders knotted the teams again at 17-17 with 8:26 to play and the teams hit matching threes to tie the game again at 20-20. Another 6-0 Defender run gave Dordt a 26-20 lead and Broekhuis hit her fourth three pointer of the first half to give the Defenders a 34-26 lead at halftime.<p>
The Tigers burst out of the halftime break, scoring the first 15 points to turn an eight point deficit into a seven point lead at a 41-34 with just over five minutes gone in the second half. Elise Maresh single-handedly outscored Dakota Wesleyan 12-5 over a six minute period to tie the game at 46-46 with 8:54 to play. Back to back layups from Kara Van Dyke and Brianna Spronk and a Jamie Kok three pointer put the Defenders up 53-47 at the 7:07 mark. Dakota Wesleyan was able to cut the lead down to four but Kayla Broekhuis whispered another three pointer through to make it 56-49 with 6:35 remaining.<p>
The Defenders led 58-53 with just under four minutes to go but Wesleyan picked up three point baskets from Celeste Beck and Elizabeth Lamb to go up 59-58. The Defenders missed on their next trip down the floor and were forced to foul. Kim Johnson could not extend the Tiger lead as she missed the front end of a one and one and Jasmin Schelhaas was able to take the ball all the way to the rack for an uncontested layup to put the Defenders up 60-59 with 13 seconds remaining. The basket was Schelhaas' lone bucket on the night. Kim Johnson had a shot for the win that wouldn't go down but got her own rebound and her last attempt was blocked by Kara Van Dyke to secure the victory for the Defenders.<p>
Kayla Broekhuis had 17 points to top the Defenders in scoring as the junior guard was six of twelve from the floor, making five of eight from beyond the arc. Broekhuis also grabbed five rebound and had four assists and three steals. Elise Maresh ended up with 14 points on six of eight from the floor and two of two from the line. Kara Van Dyke ended the night with 13 points on six of ten from the floor with one of two from three point range and had five boards, two assists and two steals. Jamie Kok led all players with seven rebounds to go along with five points, four assists and two steals.<p>
Elizabeth Lamb paced the Tigers with 17 points on six of eight from the field with five of seven from three point range while also pulling down four boards, picking up four steals and two assists. Amanda Hart added 14 points on five of thirteen from the field with four of eight from three point range.<p>
The two teams combined to shoot 18 of 38 from three point range for 47.3% with the Defenders hitting seven of fifteen (46.7%) while the Tigers hit 11 of 23 (47.8%). Dordt College enjoyed a 38-29 edge in rebounding and the Defenders turned the ball over 17 times while Dakota Wesleyan coughed it up 13 times.<p>
"Our women stayed optimistic and encouraging when they went on that run to start the second half and I think that their attitudes was a key part of our comeback in the game," remarked Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma. "They really kept their heads up. It was a really nice 'tough it out' sort of victory."<p>
GPAC scores from today:<br>
(9) Briar Cliff at 88<br>
(4) Concordia 80<p>
Dakota Wesleyan at 59<br>
Dordt 60<p>
Doane at 73<br>
Midland 75<p>
(RV) Mount Marty at 54<br>
(11) Northwestern 80<p>
Nebraska Wesleyan at 40<br>
Hastings 67<p>

GPAC Standings:<br>
6 Morningside 14-3/22-4 <br>
9 Briar Cliff 13-4 /22-5 <br>
4 Concordia 13-4/21-5 <br>
11 Northwestern 12-5/18-6 <br>
RV Mount Marty 10-7/16-10 <br>
Dakota Wesleyan 9-8/18-9 <br>
Hastings 9-8/14-13 <br>
Dordt 9-9/15-13 <br>
Midland 5-13/10-17 <br>
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-17/3-20<br>
Doane 0-17/5-20<p>

Dordt College will travel to Seward, Nebraska for a 2:00 pm GPAC game on Saturday, February 9, 2013 against the Concordia Bulldogs.

Next Up

Dordt College will travel to Seward, Nebraska for a 2:00 pm GPAC game on Saturday, February 9, 2013 against the Concordia Bulldogs.