Dordt College News

Dordt Visits Corn Palace Wednesday

November 28, 2012

GAMETIME...Dordt College will travel to Mitchell, South Dakota to face the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers on Wednesday, November 28.  The women’s game starts at 6:00 with the men getting underway at 8:00.  The games will be broadcast on KDCR 88.5 FM and there will be an audio webstream  available on the internet at  Results will be available at  and at when complete.

SCOUTING REPORT… Dakota Wesleyan is 6-2 this season and 0-1 in GPAC play with a loss to Briar Cliff in conference play on November 17 by a 76-61 score.  The other loss for Wesleyan is to South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in on November 24 by a score of 73-69.  Wesleyan has scored at least 69 points in seven of its games. 

Dakota Wesleyan averages 78.6 points per game and allow 57.6 points per outing while converting 44.5 percent of the field goals they try while opponents are converting 36.1 percent.  Wesleyan has forced 197 turnovers through eight games and have given the ball up 129 times.  The Tigers try nearly 22 three-point shots per game and make 37.4 percent of their tries.  Wesleyan also has a 41.2-37.1 rebounding advantage through eight contests.

Kim Johnson scores 19.3 points per game and has made 57-103 field goals.  Amanda Hart puts in 10.8 points per game and has made 23-61 three-point shots  and is 28-73 overall.  Celeste Beck tosses in 9.6 points per game and is 15-27 on three-point shots and Taylor Piper is the leading rebounder with a 6.0 average and she averages 6.4 points per game.  Piper dishes out nearly four assists per game and Elizabeth Lamb is averaging 3.5 assists per game to go with 8.9 points and 4.4 rebounds.

Dakota Wesleyan’s men are 3-4 overall and 0-1 in the GPAC with a loss to Briar Cliff of 76-71.  All four losses for Dakota Wesleyan are by five points or less.  The Tigers went to the Black Hills for the Thanksgiving Weekend and split with a win over Great Falls 68-63 and a loss to South Dakota School of Mines and Technology 61-58.

The Tigers are averaging 76 points per game and allow 66.3 points per game.  Wesleyan holds a 43.3-32.6 rebounding advantage and have outshot teams 48.5 percent to 40.1.  The Tigers don’t rely on the three-point shot much, attempting 14 per game while opponents have taken nearly 20 per game.

Jalen Voss leads the Tigers with 13.1 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per game and converts 61.9 percent of his field goals.  Aireus Stephenson knocks down 13.0 points per game and Bo LaCroix is averaging 12.7 points per game with 5.6 rebounds.  Stephenson leads the team with 3.5 assists per game and Carde Pennington is the fourth player in double figures for the Tigers with a 10.7 average and he makes 44.8 percent of his three-point shots (13-29).

DEFENDER NOTES… The Dordt College women are 4-5 this season with wins in four of their last six games.  Four of the five losses for Dordt are by eight points or less and three of them are by four points or less.  The Defenders are 3-2 in games played away from the De Witt Gym.

Dordt averages 67.9 points per game and allow 54.1 points per contest and make 39.0 percent of the field goals they try while opponents are making 33.6 percent of the shots they take.  The Defenders have forced 23 turnovers per contest and give the ball up 19 times per game.  Dordt is outrebounding teams 41.2-35.6 and have taken 200 free throws while foes have made 185.

Kara Van Dyke tops the team with 15.4 points per game and leads the team in rebounding with an 8.7average and converts 53.7 percent of her field goals and is 11-23 on three-point shots.  Kayla Broekhuis is scoring 10.5 points per game and is 11-26 on three-point shots.  Brianna Spronk and Elise Maresh average 9.1 and 8.9 points per game respectively and Maresh is taking down 6.7 rebounds per contest.  Spronk leads in assists with a little over two per game and she also averages two steals per contest.

The Defender men are 7-1 this season and 1-1 in GPAC play with a win over Mount Marty and a loss to Doane (86-70).  The Defenders have scored at least 76 points in each of its wins and has allowed more than 66 points twice.  Dordt averages 83.8 points per game and allow 61.0 points per outing and have outrebounded teams by a 41.2-30.1 margin.  Dordt makes 51.3 percent of its field goals and is 62-155 on three-point attempts.  Opponents are making 37.5 percent of the field goals they try and have been forced into 133 turnovers to 128 for Dordt.  The Defenders are 132-203 in free throws and opponents are 86-120 at the charity stripe.

Cliff Warner leads the team with a 14.8 points per game average and is making 47.4 percent of his field goals  and is 26-57 on three-point shots.  Warner also has a team high 29 assists and has ten steals.  Jordan Vogel is tossing in 13.9 points per game with 5.6 rebounds per contest and he is making 72.1 percent of his field goals (44-61).  Trevor Wolterstorff concludes the double digit scoring with a 12.4 average to go with 5.9 rebounds and he makes 57.4 percent of his field goals.  Four other players average between eight and nine points per game.  Kyle Lindbergh scores 8.6 with a team high 6.5 rebounds.  Shawn Keizer has an 8.5 average and is 14-27 on three-point shots while Austin Katje averages 8.3 points per contest.  Chris Sievers is putting in 8.4 points per game and nabs 4.1 rebounds.  Keizer is second on the team in assists with 24 and Lindbergh has 19. 

NEXT… Dordt will travel to Fremont, Nebraska to face Midland on Saturday while Dakota Wesleyan is scheduled to face Hastings at the Corn Palace.

LAST TIME… The Dakota Wesleyan women lost a 73-69 decision to South Dakota School of Mines on Saturday after leading 44-33 at halftime.  Hart and Beck had 17 points each and Kim Johnson had 13.  The Tigers were outrebounded 42-39 and turned the ball over 24 ties to 19 times for the Hardrockers. 

The Dordt women beat York 81-39 after outscoring the Panthers 35-15 in the second half and limited the hosts to 25.5 percent shooting in the Saturday game.  Dordt had a 55-26 rebounding advantage and forced 26 turnovers.  Van Dyke had a team high 19 points while making 5-10 field goals and she was 4-5 on three-point attempts.  Jasmin Schelhaas scored 15 and Broekhuis had 10. 

The Tigers lost to South Dakota School of Mines on November 24 in Rapid City 61-58.  Luke Bamberg came off the bench to score 18 points while making 8-8 field goals and 2-2 free throws with eight rebounds.  Pennington and Stephenson had 14 and 13 points respectively.

The Defenders haven’t played since November 20 when they hosted and beat Mount Marty 86-72.  Dordt converted 58.8 percent of its field goals and was led by Cliff Warner’s 21 points with five assists.  Wolterstorff had 20 points and eight rebounds and Chris Sievers and Jordan Vogel each had 12 points.  Kyle Lindbergh added ten points and seven rebounds—six of them offensive.

SERIES…The Dordt women trail the series with Dakota Wesleyan 23-33 and the Tigers swept the 2011-12 meetings 63-56 in Sioux Center in November and 54-50 in Mitchell in February.  The November 30 meeting had Wesleyan in front 28-23 at halftime with Johnson scoring 15 points and Brittany Hills had 14.  Spronk came off the bench to score 15 points and Van Dyke had 12 in the loss.

The February 8 meeting had Dordt down 33-19 at halftime but the Defenders comeback came up just short in the four point loss.  Broekhuis had 14 points and Kok had nine and Jelsema scored nine.  Lamb had 17 for the Tigers and Kim Johnson had ten points.

The Dordt women last won in the Corn Palace on November 20, 2010 with a 69-57 victory led by Brianna Spronk with 15 and Amber Soodsma added 10.

The Defenders and Tigers are dead even in the series with the teams splitting their 60 meetings.  Dordt swept last year’s games 86-68 in Sioux Center and 61-58 in Mitchell.  The game in Sioux Center had the Defenders up 42-20 and they coasted home with the 18 point win.  Warner had 16 and Wolterstorff 17 while Vogel added 15 points with seven rebounds.  Mike Lee scored 25 for the Tigers and Carde Pennington had 17.  Dordt converted 54.4 percent of its shots and Wesleyan was outrebounded 42-29. 

The February 8 battle was much more tense with Dordt winning 61-58 after trailing much of the game.  Dordt got 15 points from Sievers and 14 by Wolterstorff.  Jake Kneeland and Mike Lee each had ten points for the Tigers.  Dordt had a 46-33 rebounding advantage.  The Tigers gave up just eight turnovers and Dordt committed 13.

The win in Mitchell snapped a nine game losing skid for the Defenders in the Corn Palace.

MILESTONES…Brianna Spronk has 758 career points and ranks 24th all-time and is poised to pass Kelsie De Nooywith 770 points.  Kara Van Dyke has 630 points and she ranks 34th.  Both are in the top-25 in rebounding as well.  Van Dyke has 408 caroms and is 23rd and Spronk has 508 rebounds and ranks 15th.

Trevor Wolterstorff has 1,558 points and ranks sixth.  He is right behind Dave Van Essen with 1,560 and Logan Kingma with 1,561.  Wolterstorff also has 566 rebounds and ranks 14th all-time and he has 94 steals which is 21st.  Jordan Vogel has 1.040 points and is 25th all-time and he has 576 rebounds and is ready to pass Rog Walstra with 577.  Cliff Warner has 256 assists and ranks 10th, nudging past Galen Van Roekel with 255 and Jay Schelhaas is 9th with 258.  Kyle Lindbergh is 17th all-time in steals with 101 and Warner has 98 which is tied for 18th with Michael Ribbens.

RANKINGS…. The Dordt men are no. 3 in the poll released on November 27 by the NAIA.  Northwestern is no. 6, Doane is no. 14 and Briar Cliff is receiving votes.  The women's poll features five GPAC schools.  Concordia is no. 1, Morningside is no. 4, Briar Cliff no. 5, Northwestern no. 8 and Hastings is no. 25.

GPAC STANDINGS…(Wednesday, November 28)
Briar Cliff 3-0/7-0
Concordia  3-0/9-0
Morningside 2-0/6-0
Dordt College 1-1/4-5
Northwestern  1-2/5-3
Hastings  1-1/5-4
Mount Marty  1-1/3-3
Dakota Wesleyan 0-1/6-2
Nebraska Wesleyan 0-1/1-4
Doane   0-2/5-4
Midland   0-3/3-5

Northwestern 3-0/7-1
Doane  2-0/9-0
Concordia  2-0/5-1
Dordt   1-1/7-1
Morningside 1-1/3-4
Hastings  1-1/8-1
Briar Cliff 1-2/6-3
Nebraska Wesleyan 0-1/4-1
Dakota Wesleyan 0-1/3-4
Mount Marty  0-2/3-4
Midland  0-2/2-4


Wednesday, November 28
Midland @ Concordia
Nebraska Wesleyan @ Briar Cliff
Dordt @ Dakota Wesleyan
Northwestern @ Mount Marty
Doane @ Hastings

Saturday, December 1
Dordt @ Midland
Hastings @ Dakota Wesleyan
Nebraska Wesleyan @ Northwestern
Doane @ Mount Marty
Concordia @ Morningside

Men's Basketball
Tuesday, November 20
Doane College 83, Briar Cliff University 73
Dordt College 86, Mount Marty College 72
Hastings College 77, Midland University 70
Concordia University 68, Nebraska Wesleyan University 65
Northwestern College 109, Morningside College 98

Saturday, November 17
Doane College 86, Dordt College 70
Briar Cliff University 76, Dakota Wesleyan University 71
Northwestern College 88, Midland University 85
Concordia University 66, Mount Marty College 63
Morningside College 88, Hastings College 75

Wednesday, November 14
Northwestern 94, Briar Cliff 93 ot

Women's Basketball
Tuesday, November 20

Briar Cliff University 73, Doane College 67
Mount Marty College 55, Dordt College 51
Hastings College 55, Midland University 51
Concordia University 91, Nebraska Wesleyan University 61
Morningside College 72, Northwestern College 70

Saturday, November 17
Dordt College 55, Doane College 46
Briar Cliff University 76, Dakota Wesleyan University 61
Concordia University 91, Mount Marty College 61
Northwestern College 86, Midland University 68
Morningside College 74, Hastings College 66

Wednesday, November 17
Briar Cliff 91, Northwestern 79

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