Women's Varsity Basketball vs. Midland (NE)

L 58-69

2:00 PM - Saturday, February 22, 2014
Sioux Center, Iowa
Non-conference Match


The Dordt College women's basketball season came to a close this afternoon as the Defenders fell to Midland 69-58, missing out on a GPAC post-season bid. The Defenders end the year with an overall mark of 13-16 with a 6-14 record in GPAC play while the Warriors improve to 15-15 on the season and are 11-9 in conference play.<p>
The Defenders enjoyed an early 7-5 lead after an Elise Maresh jumper but the advantaged was quickly erased as the Warriors went on a 16-2 run to lead by a dozen (21-9) after a Joelle Anderson three pointer with ten minutes to play in the first half. Dordt was able to trim the gap down to seven twice and trailed by that amount (31-24) at half-time.<p>
Three minutes into the second half, Dordt continued to trail by seven (33-26) after a Van Dyke jumper but the Warriors rattled off four straight points to go up 37-26. Trailing by nine (41-32) with 13 minutes remaining the Defenders allowed Midland to go on a 10-4 run to push the lead to 15 (51-36) and Dordt found themselves still behind by 15 (54-39) after a Kellie Page three pointer with 9:18 left in the half. The Defenders continued to play hard and fought back with an 11-3 rally to get the gap down to seven (57-50) after a pair of Elise Maresh free-throws with five and a half minutes to play. Although Dordt showed no quit they could get no closer than seven over the final five minutes of the game before surrendering 69-58.<p>
The GPAC outing was the final collegiate game for a sextet of Dordt seniors, including Danelle Boone, Kayla Broekhuis, Jessica Jelsema, Jamie Kok, Elise Maresh and Kara Van Dyke. Van Dyke finished her career with a double double as the forward led all scorers with 19 and also had game honors with 10 rebounds. Van Dyke was eight for seventeen from the field and three for three from the line. Elish Maresh ended with 17 points on five of twelve shooting and seven of ten from the stripe with seven boards while Jamie Kok had eight points and Broekhuis added seven. Jessica Jelsema added four points and seven rebounds.<p>
Jamilah Johnson topped the Warriors with 16 points on five of fifteen from the floor and four of six from the charity stripe. Kellie Page and Darien Moon both added eleven and Sammi Licari rounded out the double digit scorers with ten. Joelle Anderson pulled down nine boards for Midland and Jamilah Johnson handed out three assists and had three steals.<p>
As a team the Defenders hit 19 of 55 from the floor (34.5%) and just 2 of 20 (10%) from three point range with 18 of 23 (78.3%) from the free-throw line. Midland shot 33% from the field (22-66) and hit 8 of 26 (30.8%) from three point range and 17 of 25 (68%) from the line. Dordt was outrebounded 47-40 and committed 19 turnovers while Midland coughed it up 14 times.<p>
GPAC scores from February 22:<br>
(4) Hastings at 67<br>
(9) Northwestern 83<p>
(RV) Midland at 69<br>
Dordt 58<p>
(6) Concordia at 77<br>
(7) Morningside 86<p>
Doane at (OT) 91<br>
Briar Cliff 89<p>
Nebraska Wesleyan at 63<br>
Mount Marty 76<p>
GPAC Standings:<br>
(9) x, # - Northwestern 16-4/24-4<br>
(4) x - Hastings 16-4/25-4 <br>
(7) x - Morningside 16-4/25-5 <br>
(6) x - Concordia 16-4/24-6 <br>
(RV) Midland 11-9/15-15 <br>
(RV) Dakota Wesleyan 10-10/18-12 <br>
Doane 7-13/14-15 <br>
Briar Cliff 7-13/14-16 <br>
Dordt 6-14/13-16 <br>
Mount Marty 4-16/13-17 <br>
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-19/2-23<br>
x - Regular Season Champion<br>
# - Number One Seed and Automatic Berth to NAIA Championship<p>
GPAC Play-off information from the GPAC office:<br>
Northwestern will be the number one seed when the 2014 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Women's Postseason Basketball Tournament begins on Wednesday, February 26. The Red Raiders went 16-4 in the league and shared a four-way conference title with Hastings, Morningside, and Concordia (all at four at 16-4 in the GPAC). As the number one seed (after GPAC tiebreakers) the Red Raiders have secured an automatic berth to the NAIA Women's Division II National Tournament in Sioux City which runs March 12-18 at the Tyson Events Center. <p>

Hastings is the two seed, Morningside is the three seed, and Concordia is the fourth seed. All four teams will receive trophies, marking the second time in GPAC women's basketball history that the league has had quad-champions (1997). Midland is the fifth seed, Dakota Wesleyan is sixth, Doane is seeded seventh, and Briar is the eighth seed.<p>

The semifinals are on Saturday, March 1, at the highest two remaining seeds. GPAC Championship Tuesday, sponsored by Rawlings, will be on Tuesday, March 4. The GPAC Postseason Champion garners an automatic berth to the NAIA National Basketball Tournament (the runner-up gains the berth if the regular season champion (Morningside) wins the postseason). <p>
The Dordt College women's basketball season has come to a close.