L 40-47


Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Sioux Falls

February 24, 2011

(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) The Defender women's season came to an end with a 47-40 loss to the #4 ranked University of Sioux Falls Cougars in the GPAC quarter-finals this evening. Dordt College ends the season with a record of 17-13 overall while the Cougars improve to 25-4 and advance to play in the conference semi-finals.

The Defenders got off to a great start, scoring back to back 3 pointers to take a 6-0 lead and the Defenders took a 9 point lead at 14-5 forcing Sioux Falls to take their second time-out of the contest. After the time-out, Sioux Falls outscored Dordt 13-3 to take their first lead of the game at 18-17 with 5:39 left in the half. The two sides were knotted twice at 18 and again at 21 and Dordt took a 4 point lead at half-time, leading the Cougars 29-25.

Dordt senior, Julia DeKoekkoek, entered the contest needing only 6 points to join the 1,000 point club and a lay-up and 3 free throws in had her sitting at 999 until a first half 3-pointer with 2:59 left in the first half put her over the mark and DeKoekkoek will finish her career with 1,006 points.

The Defenders got off to a sluggish start in the second half with the Cougars scoring 8 unanswered to open the frame, taking a 33-29 lead at the 10:42 mark. The Cougars and Defenders were tied at 33-33 and a pair of made free throws gave USF the lead for good with 9:15 remaining in the game. Dordt got within a point at 37-36 and were within a basket at 40-38 with 4:15 to go in regulation but could get no closer. The Defenders had three chances to cut into a 44-40 deficit but couldn't get the shots to drop and were forced to foul with under a minute remaining. Sioux Falls made their free throws and took the low-scoring affair 47-40.

The Defenders shot 23.6% (13-55) from the floor in the contest and had a tough second half, shooting 13.3% (4-30) in the final 20 minutes of action. Dordt was 6-21 from behind the arc for 28.6% and were 8-10 (80%) from the charity stripe.

The Cougars also had a rough night shooting as the Cougars finished the night at 27.9% (12-43) from the floor and 4-16 (25%) from 3 point range. The key difference in the game came from the free throw line as the Cougars wen to the line 24 times, converting on 19 of those attempts, fro 79.2%.

Jamey Hofer led all scorers with 13 points while Holli Aggen, Baileigh O'Brien, Chrissy Strassburg and Betsy Hildreth each added 6 points. Hofer pulled down 8 rebounds and Aggen, O'Brien, Laura Johnson and Strassburg each grabbed 5. Baileigh and Johnson each dished out 3 assists and Hofer had 2 blocked shots.

Julia DeKoekkoek paced Dordt College with 12 points, Danelle Miedema had 9 and Amber Soodsma contributed 8. Bre Schneidermann grabbed a game high 10 rebounds for Dordt and DeKoekkoek handed out a game high 4 assists while Soodsma added 2 blocked shots.

The Defenders forced the Cougars into 20 turnovers while losing the ball 15 times and Dordt lost the battle of the boards 43 to 34.

"We certainly played hard and have wonderful young people on this team," said Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma. "I liked our effort, we got on the floor for loose balls and did some really good things but shooting like we did in the second half is going to make it really difficult to win. I felt that with our defense if we could get to 60 points we would have a good chance of winning but just couldn't get there. It was good to see Julia get to the 1,000 point mark and I am pleased that the great leadership and character that we have had from our seniors has been been a great example to our team and their great attributes have transferred over to the rest of the team."

Other Quarter-final results:

Northwestern 72

Concordia 66

Briar Cliff 84

Mount Marty 65

Morningside 76

Doane 47

GPAC Semi-final Schedule:

Saturday, February 26

#4 seed Briar Cliff (20-11,12-6)

at #1 seed Northwestern (28-1,18-0) 2 PM

#3 Sioux Falls (25-4, 14-4)

at #2 Morningside (25-4, 15-3) 3 PM

Dordt's Current Record: 17-13 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 25-4 (14-4)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 29 11 40
Sioux Falls 25 22 47
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Bre Schneidermann 10
Amber Soodsma 8
Kara Van Dyke 2
Danelle Miedema 2
Team Total: 34
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Hofer, Jamey 8
Johnson, Laura 5
O'Brien, Baileigh 5
Aggen, Holli 5
Team Total: 43
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Julia DeKoekkoek 12
Danelle Miedema 9
Amber Soodsma 8
Kara Van Dyke 5
Team Total: 40
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Hofer, Jamey 13
Strassburg, Chrissy 6
O'Brien, Baileigh 6
Aggen, Holli 6
Team Total: 47
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 13/55 24%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/21 29%
Free Throws: 8/10 80%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 12/43 28%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/16 25%
Free Throws: 19/24 79%

For more information, please contact Mike Byker, Sports Information Director, at mbyker@dordt.edu or (712) 722-6301.