GPAC Honors For Four Women's Basketball Players

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GPAC Honors For Four Women's Basketball Players

(Wednesday, March 3; Sioux Center, Iowa) Post season honors have been announced by the Great Plains Athletic Conference for the recently completed 2020-21 GPAC season.  Four Dordt Defenders have been accorded honors in voting done by the conference coaches.

Ashtyn Veerbeek (Junior; Sioux Center, Iowa) earned first-team honors, Erika Feenstra (Senior; Hull, Iowa) and Karly Gustafson (Sophomore; Ethan, South Dakota) claimed second-team honors and Bailey Beckman (Sophomore; Panora, Iowa) was an honorable mention selection.

Veerbeek averaged 15.4 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per game in her first season with the Defenders. She converted 45 percent of her field goal attempts and had a team high 38 made three-point baskets while averaging 2.5 assists and 2.3 blocked shots per game with one steal per outing. Veerbeek recorded a GPAC best 14 double-doubles this season and led the league in rebounding and ranked third in scoring.

“Ashtyn had a great first season in a Defender uniform.  She showed she has the ability to impact the game on both ends of the floor and we are looking forward to Ashtyn’s continued improvement and big things from her next year,” said Dordt basketball coach Bill Harmsen.

Feenstra averaged 12.5 points per game for the Defenders with 4.9 rebounds and leaves Dordt as the career scoring leader with 1,867 career points and 702 rebounds. Feenstra converted 49 percent of her field goals this season and ends her career having earned all-GPAC honors in all four of her seasons.

“Erika has earned all-conference honors each of her 4 years as a Defender.  Erika’s name is repeated throughout the women’s basketball record books, none more prominent than the career leading scorer.  She has had an incredible career and has made our program better on and off the court,” said Harmsen.

Gustafson scored 11.2 points per game and took in 6.6 rebounds while converting 51 percent of her field goals.  She was an all-GPAC honorable mention selection as a freshman.

“Karly had another great season even though she battled injury missing three weeks right in the middle of the season” said Harmsen. “She was playing well before injury and finished the season strong playing her best basketball.  Karly is only going to get better as we look forward to her junior season.”

Beckman was averaging 12.8 points per game when she suffered a season ending injury in the 16th game of the season. Beckman averaged 2.3 assists per game and 1.3 steals while converting 28 three-point baskets in 16 games played. 

“Bailey had a great start to her sophomore season and played 16 games before a season ending knee injury.  She is a playmaker that can elevate her teammates to another level.  The best is yet to come for Bailey!” said Harmsen.

The Defenders concluded their season with a 15-11 overall record and a 14-8 conference record while finishing in a tie for fourth in the league.  This was Dordt’s third straight winning season.