Women's Varsity Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan

L 56-81

6:00 PM - Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Mitchell, South Dakota
Non-conference Match


The Dordt College Defenders dropped their third GPAC contest in a row, falling 81-56 to Dakota Wesleyan in a GPAC tilt held in the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota this evening. The Defenders are now 6-5 on the season and 2-4 in the GPAC while Dakota Wesleyan, who are receiving votes in the most recent NAIA poll, improve to 8-2 on the season and 3-1 in conference play.<p>
An Elise Maresh jumper at 14:37 had the Defenders leading 12-8 but the Tigers bounced back with ten straight points to pull ahead 18-12 with 9:23 left in the first half. Dordt continued to trail by six (25-19) on a Jessica Jelsema layup at 4:17 but seven in a row for Dakota Wesleyan had the Tigers in front by a baker's dozen (32-19) with 76 seconds left in the half and the home side took a 33-24 lead into the half-time break.<p>
The Defenders' shooting woes in the first half (10 of 31) continued in the second as Dordt had identical numbers from the floor in the second half to finish the night shooting 20 of 62 for 32.3%. A jumper to open the second session had the Tigers up 35-24 and a Danelle Boone three pointer put the Defenders within eight (35-27) but Dakota Wesleyan rattled off eight straight points, including a pair of threes by Micaela Erickson, to go up by 16 (43-27) less than 90 seconds in to the half. <p>
The Defenders were able to get the gap down to eleven on a couple occasions but a Katie Johnson layup with just over seven minutes to go pushed the Tiger lead to twenty (67-47) and Dordt would get no closer than 14 before falling by 25.<p>
Coach Stiemsma: "I really felt like we competed well and rebounded well. We didn't have our best game shooting but Dakota Wesleyan is a veteran team that is very good. Elise Maresh did nice job attacking the basket. Our effort was good and so are our player's attitudes and we will continue to work hard to get better."<p>
Dordt College was led in scoring by Elise Maresh who had a game-high 22 points on 7 of 17 from the floor and 8 of 11 from the line. Danelle Boone and Kara Van Dyke finished with nine points each, with Van Dyke grabbing 12 boards as well.<p>
The Tigers had a balanced offense that featured four different players in double figures. Katie Johnson had 16 points on 5 of 9 from the field and 6 of 9 from the line while also snaring 12 boards for the double double. Micaela Erickson ended with 14 points while Amanda Hart and Kristin Sabers both had a dozen. The Defenders hit only 4 of 22 shots from behind the arc for 18.2% and were just one of ten from three point range in the second half. Dordt shot 12 of 18 (66.7%) from the charity stripe.<p>
The Tigers were 28 of 60 (46.7%) from the field, hitting 8 of 20 on threes (40%) and 17 of 25 from the line (68%).<p>
Dakota Wesleyan narrowly outrebounded the Defenders 42-41 and Dordt committed 14 turnovers to the Tiger's 12.<p>
GPAC Scores from December 11:<br>
(RV) Dordt at 56<br>
(RV) Dakota Wesleyan 81<p>
(12) Morningside at 79<br>
Mount Marty 51<p>
Nebraska Wesleyan at 65<br>
(7) Concordia 94<p>
GPAC Standings:<br>
(2) Northwestern 5-0/12-0 <br>
(10) Midland 5-1/8-4 <br>
(7) Concordia 5-1/9-2 <br>
(RV) Dakota Wesleyan 3-1/8-2 <br>
(22) Hastings 3-2/10-2 <br>
(15) Briar Cliff 4-3/8-3 <br>
(12) Morningside 2-3/9-3 <br>
(RV) Dordt 2-4/6-5 <br>
Doane 1-5/4-7 <br>
Nebraska Wesleyan 0-5/1-7<br>
Mount Marty 0-5/4-6<p>
The Defenders will play host to the Hastings Broncos on Saturday, December 14 at 2:00 pm in the DeWitt Gymnasium.

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The Defenders will play host to the Hastings Broncos on Saturday, December 14 at 2:00 pm in the DeWitt Gymnasium.