Basketball Opens GPAC Season

Basketball Opens GPAC Season


Dordt will open GPAC play on Wednesday night, November 15 at Mitchell, South Dakota against Dakota Wesleyan at the Corn Palace. The women’s game will start at 6:00 with the men to follow at about 8:00. The games can be heard on KDCR 88.5 FM.  Details about the contest can be found at and follow Dordt College athletics on Twitter at


The Dakota Wesleyan women are 5-0 this season and haven’t been tested.  Their closest decision was a 87-69 win over Jamestown on October 31. The Tigers are averaging 96.6 points per game and allow 61.4 points per outing.  Wesleyan has a 43-26.4 rebounds per game advantage and convert 54.8 percent of their field goals.  Teams are making 36.1 percent of their field goal tries and Wesleyan has 38.5 percent success from the three-point line.  The Tigers have committed 14 turnovers per game while forcing 20.5 per outing and they are plus-six in offensive rebounds per game.

Kynedi Cheeseman scores a team high 15.8 points per game and has 4.5 assists per game. Amber Bray and Ashley Bray add 15.0 and 14.4 points per game to go with 7.0 and 5.8 rebounds per game. Jessica Mieras and Riley Osthus also hit double figures on average at 14.2 and 10.0 points per game. 

The Dakota Wesleyan men are 4-2 this season with wins over Sisston Wapheton, Jamestown, Presentation and Dakota State and losses to Jamestown (82-78) and York (91-87) in their two most recent outings. The Tigers are averaging 93 points per game and allow 76.8 points per outing.  The Tigers are making 52.7 percent of their field goal attempts while opponents are making 45.8. The Tigers also have a 38-32 rebounding edge and have made 51 three-point shots this season.

Ty Hoglund is averaging 21.3 points per game with over four assists per game and he is converting 41 percent of his three-point shots (18-44). Jason Spicer  is averaging 19.8 points per game and is making 69 percent of his field goal attempts and he gets 6.7 rebounds per game. Trae Vandeberg is good for 14.8 points per game with a team high 7.7 rebounds and Dygel Drury is averaging 13 points per game and Tyson Smiley’s average is 9.8.


The Defender women are 3-3  this season with wins over Dakota State, Waldorf and Presentation and losses to Mayville State, Jamestown and Southeastern.

Dordt is averaging 74.0 points per game and allow 75.5 and have outrebounded teams 44.7-36.7.  Teams are converting 41.1 percent of their field goals against the Defenders while Dordt has made 39.5 percent of the field goals it has attempted.

Annie Rhinesmith has a 15.5 points per game scoring average with 44.2  percent three-point success. Erika Feenstra chips in with 12.5 points per game and has a team high 6.7 rebounds per game.  Rachel Evavold’s scoring average is up to 14.8 points per game  and she is making 52.4 percent of her field goal attempts and she takes down 5.7 rebounds per game. Payton Harmsen’s scoring average is 9.8 per game and she has made 14 three-point baskets this season.

The Defender men are 3-3 this season after wins over Dakota State and Waldorf (2) and losses to Valley City State, Jamestown and Peru State.

Alec Henrickson leads the Defenders with a 14.0  points per game average and he is 10-21 from the three-point line this season. Marcus Winterfeld adds 9.3 points per game and Chad Barkema and Kyle Lang add 8.8 points per game.  Andrew O’Donnell’s scoring average is 8.0 and Chandler Brunsting’s is 7.8 while Jesse Jansma is scoring 7.5.  Dordt has featured ten players in their regular rotation and all are averaging over 4.5 points per game.

The Defenders have scored 93.7 points per game and allow 87.2. The Defenders have a 33.8-33.3 rebounding edge and convert 49.5 percent of their field goal tries and 43.1 percent of their three-point baskets.


Dakota Wesleyan beat Friends on November 11 by a 100-70 count after jumping out to a 20-9 lead after one quarter.  The Tigers made 67 percent of their field goals and outrebounded the Falcons 43-25. Cheeseman had a game high 29 points on 11-15 field goal shooting and Ashley Bray added 21.

The Defender women earned a split of their games over the weekend at the Northwestern Red Raider Classic with a 87-51 win over Presentation on Saturday.  The Defenders got 22 points from Rhinesmith while she converted 6-8 three-point baskets and she had a team high eight assists. Rachel Evavold scored 12 and had seven rebounds.

The Tiger men were on the short end of a 91-87 decision to York on November 11.  The Tigers were down 50-39 at halftime and trailed by as many as 16 before cutting the gap to two with eight minutes left.  Dakota Wesleyan got no closer than three the rest of the game and lost by four. Hoglund had 33 and Drury and McCloud each had 13.

The Defender men used a fast start in the second half to propel themselves to a 103-68 win over Waldorf on Saturday at a classic hosted by Northwestern.  The Defenders got 24 points from Marcus Winterfeld and Kyle Lang came off the bench to score 13. Chandler Brunsting and Jesse Jansma each had 12 and 11 points respectively as Dordt converted 60.7 percent of its field goals while allowing 35.6 percent success.


Dakota Wesleyan won both games last season by wide margins. The November 16 game was an 80-48 decision in Sioux Center and the second game on January 18 was 76-42.  The game in Mitchell saw Sarah Carr score 17 off the bench and she had five assists while Erica Herrold scored 16.  Rhinesmith led Dordt with 12 points and she had three rebounds.

Dordt played Dakota Wesleyan on November 16 of last season and lost a 118-111 overtime decision where Dalton Franken led all players with 34 points and Alec Henrickson had 24. Spicer had 29 to lead Wesleyan and Tate Martin had 15 points and 15 assists.  The two teams played again in January with Wesleyan prevailing 107-73. Henrickson had 19 points in the loss while Hoglund had 34 points and five rebounds.


The women’s top-25 poll was released on October 24.  Marian (Indiana) is the no.1 team in the poll. GPAC members Concordia (3), Dakota Wesleyan (8), Morningside (10), Northwestern (17) and Hastings (20) are all in the top-20 and future member Jamestown (9) is also in the poll.

Cornerstone is the men’s no. 1 while the GPAC has Northwestern (5), Dakota Wesleyan (10) and Briar Cliff (18).  Morningside is in the receiving votes category of the poll.

The next poll will be released on November 28.


The Dordt College women will host Briar Cliff on Saturday and travels to the College of Saint Mary on Tuesday, November 21 in GPAC play.

The Defender men are scheduled to go to Chicago for a four-team tournament hosted by Moody Bible Institute on Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18.  Both Dordt College teams host a classic on Friday and Saturday, November 24 and 25.

GPAC STANDINGS…(November 13)

Women’s Basketball

Briar Cliff                              0-0/2-3

Dakota Wesleyan                0-0/5-0

Midland                                0-0/3-2

Northwestern                       0-0/2-3

Morningside                         0-0/5-2

Concordia                            0-0/4-0

Doane                                  0-0/3-1

Dordt                                    0-0/3-3

Hastings                               0-0/2-0

Mount Marty                        0-0/5-0

College of Saint Mary         0-0/0-5


Men’s Basketball

Dakota Wesleyan                0-0/4-2

Hastings                               0-0/7-1

Morningside                         0-0/3-1

Briar Cliff                             0-0/5-0

Concordia                            0-0/4-1

Doane                                  0-0/3-2

Dordt                                    0-0/3-3

Midland                                0-0/4-1

Mount Marty                        0-0/1-4

Northwestern                       0-0/4-0


Wednesday, November 15

College of Saint Mary @ Hastings

Morningside @ Mount Marty

Midland @ Concordia

Dordt @ Dakota Wesleyan

Doane @ Briar Cliff


Saturday, November 18

College of Saint Mary @ Morningside

Hastings @ Mount Marty

Briar Cliff @ Dordt (W)

Concordia @ Dakota Wesleyan

Doane @ Northwestern


Tuesday, November 21

Dordt @ College of Saint Mary

Northwestern @ Hastings

Morningside @ Doane

Mount Marty @ Concordia

Dakota Wesleyan @ Midland


Wednesday, November 29

College of Saint Mary @ Concordia

Mount Marty @ Dordt

Northwestern @ Morningside

Hastings @ Briar Cliff

Midland @ Doane


Saturday, December 2

College of Saint Mary @ Mount Marty

Midland @ Morningside

Concordia @ Dordt

Doane @ Dakota Wesleyan

Briar Cliff @ Northwestern


Wednesday, December 6

Doane @ College of Saint Mary

Hastings @ Concordia

Dakota Wesleyan @ Mount Marty

Dordt @ Northwestern

Briar Cliff @ Midland