Dordt College News

Dordt Basketball Hosts Home Opener

October 31, 2012

GAMETIME...Dordt will host Jamestown on Friday, November 2 in non-conference basketball play.  The women's game gets underway at 6:00 and the men will follow at about 8:00.  The games can be heard on KDCR 88.5 FM and live on the web at

SCOUTING REPORT… The Jamestown women are 2-0 with a pair of wins over Brandon and Winnipeg  on October 26 and 27.  Jamestown is averaging 76.5 points per game and allow 54.  The Jimmies also hold a 50-35 rebounding average advantage and they convert 37.4 percent of their field goal attempts.  Jamestown is rated no. 11 in the pre-season national poll.

Bridget Schuneman leads the team with a 15.5 points per game average and grabs six rebounds per outing and she makes 64.3 percent of her field goal attempts.  Hanna Steele is good for 14.0 points and Amber Ramlo takes down 16.5 rebounds per game. 

The Jimmie men are 2-0 after beating the University of Brandon on back to back nights on October 12 and 13.  Jamestown is averaging 67 points per game while giving up 60.5 points per outing.  The Jimmies convert 35.7 percent of the field goals they try but they were outrebounded in the two games with Brandon by a 45.5-43.5 margin.  The Jimmies are receiving votes in the pre-season national coaches’ poll.

Mark Hoge scores 18.5 points per game with six rebounds and Davon Thomas has a 12.0 points per game average to go with 6.5 rebounds.  Taylor Newton chips in with 10.5 points per game and Jared Sutherland is at 8.5 points per game. 

DEFENDER NOTES… The Dordt College women finished the 2011-12 season with a 5-15 GPAC mark and a 10-18 overall record.  Last year’s team lost nine games by single digits and averaged 62 points per game while allowing 63 points per outing.

Kara Van Dyke and Brianna Spronk are back after averaging just over ten points per game.  Jaimie Kok tossed in eight points per game for the Defenders last season and Kayla Broekhuis, Danelle Boone and Elise Maresh all averaged between six and seven points per game game.  Dordt held a 36.1-34.4 rebounding advantage and converted 41.3 percent its field goal attempts.  Kara Van Dyke was the leading rebounder with a 6.1 average and Spronk took down 5.8 per game.  Van Dyke was also the top field goal shooter as she made 51.6 percent of her tries.  One of the keys for the Defenders’ success this season hinges on cutting down their turnover total from last season.  Dordt committed 23 turnovers a game while opponents were forced into 19.8 per contest.

The Defender men are 1-0 this season after a win over no. 13 ranked Bellevue in Bellevue, Nebraska on Tuesday, October 30.  Dordt outscored the Bruins 45-28 in the second half.  The Defenders converted 52.5 percent of their field goals and 36.8 percent of their three-point shots.  Dordt also held a 36-33 rebounding advantage and forced 11 turnovers while giving the ball up seven times.  Jordan Vogel led the Defenders with 22 points on 11-12 shooting.  Austin Katje added 17 poitns and made 4-7 three-point shots.  Katje also had three assists.  Chris Sievers added 13 points with seven rebounds and Shawn Keizer knocked down 12 points with three assists.  Kyle Lindbergh added seven points, had eight rebounds, dished seven assists and had two blocked shots with three steals.  Cliff Warner had seven points, five rebounds and five assists.

HISTORY… The Jamestown women lead the series 6-1 with Dordt losing last year’s contest at the Jamestown Civic Center 85-56.  Jessica Jelsema led the Defenders in the season opener with 12 points and Kara Van Dyke had 11 before fouling out.  Dordt was outrebounded in the loss 40-25.  Hannah Steele topped the Jimmies with 15 points and Bridget Schuneman had 11 points in the win.

The Defender men pulled away early to hold a 45-31 lead at halftime and went on to beat the Jimmies 79-64.  Dordt was 27-48 from the floor  and held a 32-26 rebounding advantage.  Chris Sievers came off the bench to score a team high 17 points while Jordan Vogel had 13 points along with Cliff Warner.  Shawn Keizer and Trevor Wolterstorff added 11 each and Kyle Lindbergh grabbed ten rebounds.  Travis Burley topped the Jimmies with 16 points and Byron Jones added 12.

LAST TIME OUT… Jamestown took a pair from the University of Brandon and the University of Winnipeg on October 26 and 27 to open its season in women’s play.  The win over Winnipeg was by a 79-59 margin with Schuneman and Steele each going for 21 points.  Ramlo grabbed 14 rebounds and had four blocked shots.

The Jamestown men held on for a 58-54 win over Brandon on October 13 while converting 32.8 percent of their field goals and they were outrebounded 48-44.  Hoge and Sutherland each had 12 points with eight and nine rebounds each.  Thomas scored 11 poitns and had six rebounds and Taylor Newton came off the bench to score nine points withfour rebounds.

NEXT… The Jamestown teams will face Northwestern on Saturday, November 3 in Orange City while the Defenders will host Valley City State on Saturday with the women’s game at 4:00 and the men at 6:00.

OUT OF THE ORDINARY START…Dordt will have an odd start time on Tuesday, November 6 to accommodate the the home volleyball match in GPAC Tournament play.  The women will play Grand View at 3:30 and the men face Grace (Nebraska)  at 5:30.

RANKINGS…. The GPAC is well-represented in both the women’s and men’s basketball polls.
The Defender me are no. 3 in the national poll while Northwestern is no. 7.  Midland and Morningside are receiving votes in the polling. 

The GPAC has five teams in the top-18 in the women’s poll.  Concordia is no. 1, Northestern no. 2, Morningside no. 3, Briar Cliff no. 8 and Hastings no. 18.

GPAC STANDINGS…(2011-12 Final)
Concordia 18-2/34-3
Morningside  16-4/26-9
Northwestern 16-4/28-7
Briar Cliff 13-7/25-10
Hastings 12-8/22-11
Mount Marty 9-11/15-15
Doane  10-10/14-12
Dakota Wesleyan 7-13/16-15
Dordt  5-15/10-18
Midland 2-18/9-20
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-18/5-20

Dordt  17-3/30-5
Northwestern 15-5/26-7
Briar Cliff 14-6/22-11
Midland 12-8/19-12
Morningside 12-8/18-13
Nebraska Wesleyan 8-12/12-14
Dakota Wesleyan 7-13/15-15
Concordia 7-13/13-17
Mount Marty 7-13/11-18
Hastings 6-14/12-18
Doane 5-15/10-19

KEEPING UP WITH THE DEFENDERS…Keep up with the progress of the Defenders via their website at  You can also receive athletic updates via e mail by subscribing on the Dordt College athletics website; follow Dordt College athletics on Twitter at or Defender athletics is on Facebook at 

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