Dordt College News

Dordt Hosts Valley City State Basketball Saturday

October 31, 2012

SCOUTING REPORT… The Valley City State women open the 2012-13 season this weekend when they face Northwestern on Friday night in Orange City and travel to Sioux Center to meet Dordt on Saturday.  The Vikings were 19-15 last season and return nine players from that team.  Last year’s squad outscored teams 64-58.2 and made 41.3 percent of its field goals while outrebounding teams 35.2-32.9.    Valley City State was receiving votes in the pre-season coaches’ poll.

Brittany Lehner scored 11.2 points per game last season and averaged 5.9 rebounds per outing.  Katelyn Ralston was good for 9.8 points per game and made 50 percent of her field goal tries.  Courtney Titus had an 8.1 average and Alyssa Hummel 8.0. 

The Vikings qualified for the NAIA Division II National Touranment and were eliminated by the College of the Ozarks.  At one point Valley City State won nine games in a row in 2011-12.

The Viking men were 20-10 last season, finishing the season with four straight losses to Jamestown, Dickinson State, Mayville State and Dakota State.  At one point the Vikings won 12 of 13 games from November 18 to January 4.  The Vikings are rated no. 24 in the NAIA Division II Coaches’ Pre-Season poll.

Valley City State outscored teams 74.0-66.1 last season and managed to hold nearly even on the boards 31.1-31.3.  Sekani Milligen averaged 18.9 points per game while converting 85-200 three-point tries.  Aaron Duske returns after averaging 11.7 points per game with 3.9 rebounds and Jon Raquel scored 11.5 points per game.  Other returners with experience include AJ McDonald at 6.0 points per game and Malcom McDonald with a 3.2 average. 

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 Valley City women lead the series 3-2 with the Vikings winning last year’s game in North Dakota by a final of 64-53.  Valley City State led that game 31-28 at halftime.  Dordt was led by Kayla Adamson with 15 points and Brianna Spronk converted 11 points and had six rebounds.  Kara Van Dyke hauled down ten rebounds in the loss.  Valley City State was led by Kristin Bearstail with 14 points and Brittany Lehner added 12 with seven rebounds. 

The Defender men were 83-68 winners after trailing 39-32 at halftime.  Dordt outscored the Vikings 51-29 in the second half.  Dordt outrebouned the hosts 43-27 and made 53.8 percent of its field goals.  Trevor Wolterstorff had 20 points in the win while Jordan Vogel was 7-12 from the floor and had eight rebounds with 17 points.  Cliff Warner scored 14 and had five assists with Kyle Lindbergh leading the team in rebounds with 15 to go with nine points.  Joe Bateman, Sekani Milliegen and John Raquel all had 12 points in the loss and Jason Perkins added 11.

NEXT… The Valley City women will host Minnesota-Moorhead on November 9 while the men will host Minnesota Crookston on November 6.  The Defender women host Grand View on Tuesday, November 6 at 3:30 and the men host Grace that same day at 5:30.

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

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