Kuperus To Join Defender Basketball

Kuperus To Join Defender Basketball

(Wednesday, December 2; Sioux Center, Iowa) Eliana Kuperus, a senior at Manhattan Christian High School (Montana), has announced her intention to attend Dordt and join the Defender basketball program.

“Eliana is a great fit for Dordt University and our women’s basketball program.  She encompasses all the attributes we look for in our student athletes.  Eliana is a multiple sport athlete that knows how to compete while being a great teammate.  We are looking forward to welcoming Eliana to Dordt next fall,” said Dordt basketball coach Bill Harmsen.

Kuperus averaged 13.4 and 8.2 rebounds per game for Manhattan Christian while earning all-state honors in 2019-20.  She also claimed academic all-state honors from 2018-20 and also claimed first-team all-conference honors. She helped Manhattan Christian to a state tournament berth in 2019-20 and they claimed runner-up finishes at the district and divisional level that season. Kuperus is a multi-sport athlete who also played volleyball and ran track and earned all-state honors while playing volleyball and was on a third-place finishing 4x400 relay team at the state meet.

“I chose to commit to Dordt because of being able to play the sport I love while studying at a Christian university. When I took my visit, I felt so welcomed by everyone, especially the coaches, and I felt at home. It is clear to see that every part of Dordt is centered on Christ and this makes me excited to play basketball and study at a place where I know I will be pushed to grow in my faith in all aspects of life,” said Kuperus.

Eliana is the daughter of Tim and Heidi Kuperus of Manhattan, Montana. She plans to study Social Work at Dordt.

Dordt University in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive Christian college rooted in the Reformed tradition. The Defender athletic program is a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). 

U.S. News & World Report, Money Magazine, Forbes.com, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review all list Dordt on their best colleges lists. Dordt is home to approximately 1,500 students.