Women's Varsity Basketball vs. Doane

W 68-59

2:00 PM - Saturday, February 16, 2013
Sioux Center, Iowa
Non-conference Match


The Dordt College Defender women scored the first seven points of overtime to pull away from the Doane Tigers, grabbing a 68-59 conference win to end the GPAC regular season. The Defenders finish conference play with a 10-10 record and are 16-14 overall while the Doane season comes to a close with a 1-19 GPAC mark and a 6-22 record on the year.<p>
The Defenders enjoyed the lead for the entire first half and led by as many as ten points on two separate occasions and held a 25-15 edge with 5:40 to play in the opening period. A 7-0 run got the Tigers to within three points (25-22) with two minutes to play and Elise Maresh got the final two points of the half to give Dordt College a 27-22 advantage after the first twenty minutes of play.<p>
Dordt opened up the second half on a 9-2 run to take a 36-24 lead on a Spronk free throw with 16:37 remaining. The Defenders were up 40-29 with 12:45 left in the contest when the Tigers answered with 14 straight points to go up 43-40 on a Hannah Dostal jumper with 7:18 to play. A Jamie Kok jumper at 7:06 and a pair of Kok free throws at 6:19 gave the lead back to the Defenders. A Shelbi Bittinger three pointer put Doane up 46-44 but Kok had the answer again with a jumper to tie the game at 46-46. Three straight baskets by Broekhuis, Maresh and Kok put the Defenders up 52-46 but a three pointer by Brittany Leuttel and another by Bittinger at 1:04 knotted the game at 52-52. Dordt could not convert on their next possession and the Defenders appeared to get the ball back on a Doane turnover with 12 seconds left but stepped out of bounds to give Doane the ball under their own basket with 11 seconds to play. Doane got off a quick shot that missed allowing Jasmin Schelhaas to get to half court for a long attempt that missed it's mark, sending the game to overtime.<p>
The Defender women scored the first seven points of the overtime session and held Doane to just two points in the first four and a half minutes of extra period and held a 66-54 lead with 42 seconds to play and the Tigers would get no closer than nine as the Defenders secured their tenth conference win of the season.<p>

Brianna Spronk and Elise Maresh paced the Defender women with 14 points each. Spronk, who was honored before the game as the lone Dordt senior, hit five of thirteen from the field and four of five from the charity stripe and also snared six boards, dished out a game high six assists and had three steals. Maresh was seven of thirteen from the floor and pulled down five rebounds. Jamie Kok ended the afternoon with thirteen points on four of six shooting with five of seven from the free throw line and also took down five boards and picked up four steals. "Jamie played good defense as well and probably had her best game of the season today," remarked Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma. Kara Van Dyke had nine points and a game high nine rebounds and Jasmin Schelhaas also added nine point for the Defenders.<p>
Hannah Dostal and Brittany Luettel each had a dozen points for the Tigers with Dostal hitting five of ten from the field and two of two from the line while Leuttel was three of seven from the floor with all three makes coming from three point range and was three of four from the line. Shelbi Bittinger and Heather Broman both contributed 11 points for Doane and Savannah Lohmeier had a team high eight rebounds.<p>
The Tigers won the battle of the boards, pulling down 40 rebounds, including 11 on the offensive end, while the Defenders grabbed 36 boards. Dordt committed 20 turnovers and forced the Tigers into 25.<p>
"We were pretty fortunate to not lose that game in regulation as they had the ball with about ten seconds left but we got off to a great start in the overtime period and when you can score early you can make things very difficult for your opponent," added Stiemsma. "Doane is a scrappy team and never quit and they have been in a lot of close games this year. Spronk did an excellent job defensively on Dostal and she is a tough match up. Going 10-10 in this conference is no small accomplishment and the GPAC is probably the best it's every been from top to bottom."<p>
GPAC Scores from today:<br>
Doane at (OT) 59<br>
Dordt 68<p>
Midland at 67<br>
(10) Northwestern 78<p>
(7) Concordia at 88<br>
Mount Marty 61<p>
Hastings at 63<br>
(4) Morningside 79<p>
(9) Briar Cliff at 6:30pm<br>
(RV) Dakota Wesleyan CT<p>
GPAC Standings:<br>
4 Morningside 17-3/25-4 <br>
7 Concordia 16-4/24-5 <br>
10 Northwestern 15-5/21-6 <br>
9 Briar Cliff 13-6/22-7 <br>
RV Dakota Wesleyan 10-9/19-10 <br>
Mount Marty 10-10/16-13 <br>
Dordt 10-10/16-14 <br>
Hastings 10-10/15-15 <br>
Midland 6-14/12-18 <br>
Doane 1-19/6-22 <br>
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-19/3-22<br>

Next Up

The Dordt College women's basketball team will play in a GPAC quarterfinal contest on the road on Wednesday, February 20 at a site to be determined.