Dordt College News

GPAC Basketball Opens Saturday

November 16, 2012

GAMETIME...The Dordt College basketball teams travel to Crete, Nebraska on Saturday, November 17 to face the Doane Tigers.  Start time for the game is 1:00 for the women’s game with the men to follow at 3:00.  The games will be broadcast on KDCR 88.5 FM and will also be available on the internet at  Results will be available at  and at when complete.

SCOUTING REPORT… The Doane women are a perfect 5-0 this season, outscoring teams 67.4-53.2 along the way.  The Tigers outrebound teams 43.6-31.8 and are making 40.3 percent of the field goals they try while allowing opponents to make 34.7 percent of their field goals.  Doane forces 23.4 turnovers per game and gives the ball up 19.0 times per outing.

The Tigers have enjoyed their success despite no player averaging double figures.  The top scorer is Cali Bellar with a 9.2 average and she is the leading three-point shooting threat with 10-20 success.  Hannah Dostal and Brittany Luettel each average nine points per game with Dostal taking down a team high 6.2 rebounds per game.  Erin De Vries is scoring 8.0 points per game and Alyssa Willicott convert 6.2 points per game.  Savannah Lohmeier tops the team with 4.4 assists epr game and averages over a steal per game. 

The Doane men are 5-0 this season and 4-0 at home.  The Tigers have outscored teams 82.2-69.0 and are making 50 percent of the shots they have taken while allowing opponents to make 40.9 percent of their field goals.  Doane is outrebounding teams 41.2-30 and have committed 101 turnovers while forcing 79.

Connor Beranek is averaging 22.2 points per game in his freshman campaign and leads the team in rebounding with a 7.8 average and is making 58.1 percent of the field goals he tries.  Nick Reed is scoring 19.4 points per game and gets to 6.0 rebounds.  Domonique Smith averages 9.3 points per game and Jens Scholl is knocking down 9.2 points per game and is nabbing 5.6 rebounds.  Shovantae Samuels, a transfer from Mayville State, averages 9.2 points per game and gets 4.6 rebounds and is averaging 6.0 assists per game.

DEFENDER NOTES… The Defender women are 2-4 this season with wins over Moody Bible Institute and AIB. Three losses have come by single digits to Jamestown, Valley City State and Grand View and the fourth is to NCAA Division II member Roberts Wesleyan.

Dordt is averaging 70.7 points per game and allow 57.8 points per outing.  The Defenders are dead even in rebounding differential 38-38 and have forced 144 turnovers over six games while committing 104.  Dordt makes 40.9 percent of the field goals it attempts and opponents are making 35.9 percent.

Kayla Broekhuis averages 19.0 points per game after making her 2012-13 debut on Wednesday against AIB.  Kara Van Dyke adds 15.8 points per game and averages a team high 8.8 rebounds per outing.  Brianna Spronk chips in with 10.5 points per outing and Elis Maresh has lifted her average to 9.7 points per game.  Jasmin Schelhaas knocks down 6.3 points per game and is 7-16 on three-point attempts for far this season.  Schelhaas also has 12 assists and is second on the team in that category with Spronk leading the team with 14. 

The Defender men are 6-0 this season and rank no. 3 in NAIA Division II basketball.  Dordt averages 85.7 points per game and allow 55.0 points per outing.  The Defenders own a 43-31.7 rebounding advantage and have forced 98 turnovers while giving the ball up 87 times.  Dordt is converting 52.6 percent of the field goals they attempt while allowing opponents to make 33.5 percent of their shots.  Teams are making 26.9 percent of their three-pointers against the Defenders while Dordt has made 51-118 three-point attempts. 

Austin Katje was averaging 14.0 points per game when he went down with an ankle injury in a win over Jamestown two weeks ago.  Jordan Vogel has converted 13.0 points per game on 71.1 percent shooting and he is averaging 6.0 rebounds per game.  Cliff Warner knocks down 12.3 points per outing with 3.3 rebounds and he is making 44.7 percent of his three-point field goal tries.  Warner is averaging nearly four assists per game and has nine steals.  Trevor Wolterstorff scores 11.3 points per game with 5.2 rebounds and he is making 55.6 percent of his shots.  Shawn Keizer is adding 10.2 points per game and Kyle Lindbergh is at 9.0 points per game with 6.5 rebounds.  Chris Sievers has come off the bench for an 8.6 points per game average and he is taking down 4.2 rebounds.

NEXT… The Defenders will host Mount Marty on Tuesday, November 20 with the women’s game starting at 6:00 and the men’s game will follow at 8:00.  Doane is scheduled to host Briar Cliff on Tuesday night as well.

LAST TIME… The Doane women beat York on Tuesday night by a final of 65-56 after leading 27-20 at halftime.  Cali Bellar topped the Tigers with 18 points and three assists with three steals.  Jackie Allgood came off the bench to score 11 and Alyssa WIllicott also had eight points in a reserve role to go with six rebounds.   Lohmeier dished five assists in 20 minutes of action.  Doane had a 48-31 rebounding advantage and managed ten more field goals attempted than York with 17 offensive rebounds.

The Doane men beat Kansas Wesleyan 100-68 on Tuesday night.  The Tigers got up on the Coyotes early and led 41-27 at halftime.  The Tigers were 35-70 from the floor and outrebounded Kansas Wesleyan 60-35.  Connor Beranek scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds with six assists and two blocked shots.  Nick Reed added 15 points and Domonique Smith had 18 points in a reserve role.  The Tigers limited Kansas Wesleyan to 25-77 shooting and forced 11 turnovers.

The Dordt women beat AIB 87-34 after leading 56-12at halftime.  Dordt was topped by Kara Van Dyke’s 22 points and 15 rebounds.  Elise Maresh knocked down 16 points and had nine rebounds and Kayla Broekhuis scored 19 in her season debut after joining the team at the conclusion of the volleyball season.  The Defenders pulled down a whopping 66 rebounds  and held AIB to 11-76 shooting and 2-17 on three-pointers.

The Dordt men last played on Saturday, November 10 in a win over AIB by an 87-44 margin.  Dordt was up 43-20 after a sluggish start.  Dordt got a team high 14 points by Chris Sievers and Trevor Wolterstorff and Shawn Keizer each knocked down 13 points.  Cliff Warner scored nine and had five assists with five rebounds and four steals while Jordan Vogel had 11 points and six rebounds. 

SERIES…The Doane women lead the series 9-7 after the two teams split their games last year.  Dordt won the game 74-62 in Sioux Center on November 19 after trailing 38-31 at halftime.  Dordt overcame 30 turnovers by forcing 27 and had a 37-29 rebounding advantage.  The Defenders were topped by Kara Van Dyke and Jaimie Kok with 12 points each and Brianna Spronk knocked down ten.  Cheryl Braithwait scored 19 points and Ashley Dailey 12 in the loss for Doane.

The Tigers bounced back to take a 58-55 win on February 18 to end the Defender season.  Dordt led 28-22 at halftime but couldn’t overcome 27 turnovers and a 36-33 rebounding disadvantage.  The Defenders got 14 points from Kok and 10 by Spronk and both grabbed seven rebounds.  Morgan Dubas scored 13 and Ashley Daily added ten in the win for Doane.

The Defender men swept the season series last year with an 88-68 win on November 19 and an 86-73 decision in Crete on February 18.  Dordt led the first meeting 47-37 at halftime and steadily pulled away in the second half with Jordan Vogel leading the way with 22 points and Trevor Wolterstorff added 16.  Chris Sievers came off the bench to score 15 and Austin Katje added 10.  Austin Benson led the Tigers with 15 points and Ty Headly scored 11.  Dordt outrebounded the Tigers 48-27 in the game and made 30-58 field goals.

Dordt led 42-36 at halftime in the second meeting with Dordt pulling away late in the game for a 13 point win.  Chris Sievers scored 34 points on 12-13 shooting and he was 10-12 on free throws.  Trevor Wolterstorff added 20 points on 9-9 field goal shooting and Austin Katje hit for 16.  Nick Reed scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds with Joshua Riser scoring 16.  Dordt held a 36-32 rebounding advantage and made 60 percent of the field goals they took while Doane made 41.3 percent.

MILESTONES…Brianna Spronk has 747 career points and ranks 24th all-time and trails Kelsie De Nooy’s career total of 770.  Spronk also ranks 15th in rebounding with 489 with Caryl De Vries at 514.

Jordan Vogel reached the 1,000 point plateau last weekend and has 1,007 points for his career and ranks 27th all-time.  Trevor Wolterstorff went over 1,500 points last weekend and stands 6th all-time with 1,527 with Dave Van Essen at 1,561 for his career in 5th.  Vogel’s rebounding total is at 567 and he is 13th all-time and trails Rog Walstra with 577.  Wotlerstorff is at 550 and is 16th all-time behind Kevin Wolterstoff’s 559.

GPAC STANDINGS…(Friday, November 16)
Briar Cliff 1-0/5-0
Concordia  0-0/6-0
Dakota Wesleyan 0-0/4-0
Doane   0-0/5-0
Midland   0-0/3-2
Morningside 0-0/3-0
Dordt College 0-0/2-4
Hastings  0-0/2-3
Mount Marty  0-0/2-2
Nebraska Wesleyan 0-0/0-0
Northwestern  0-1/4-2

Northwestern 1-0/5-1
Dordt   0-0/6-0
Dakota Wesleyan 0-0/2-2
Doane  0-0/5-0
Concordia  0-0/3-1
Morningside 0-0/2-3
Mount Marty  0-0/3-2
Hastings  0-0/5-0
Midland  0-0/1-1
Nebraska Wesleyan 0-0/0-0
Briar Cliff 0-1/4-2

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