Dordt College News

Dordt Basketball Travels To North Dakota

October 30, 2013

GAMETIME…The Dordt College Defender women’s and men’s basketball teams travel to North Dakota for a pair of doubleheaders.  Friday, November 1, the Defenders will face Valley City State with the women’s game starting at 5:30 followed by the men’s contest. The Saturday, November 2 games are against Jamestown and will start at 3:00 with the women’s game followed by the men’s contest.  The Friday contests can be heard on KDCR and live on the internet at    The Saturday games will not be available on KDCR.  Results and details about the contest can be found online at  ; and you can follow us on Twitter at

SCOUTING REPORT… The Valley City State women are playing in their season opener on Friday night after posting a 24-8 overall record last season and a 9-4 record against other Independents.  The Vikings will be a part of the newly formed North Star Conference beginning with this season.  The 2012-13 Valley City State women qualified for the NAIA Division II National Tournament.

Brittany Lehner, the top scorer from last year’s team, returns after scoring 13.4 points per game last season to go with 5.0 rebounds.  Lehner made 54.1 percent of her shots last season and heads a list of eight players who return for Jill De Vries’s team.  Kelsey Hunter scored 5.5 points per game and Sadiqah Jihad had a 5.3 points per game average.  The Vikings made 43.1 percent of their field goal attempts last season and allowed opponents to make 38 percent of their shots.  The Vikings also held a 36.4-32.2 rebounding edge.  

Jamestown has played in three games already and stand 3-0 heading into the weekend’s matchups with Northwestern and Dordt.  Carly Jensen averages 12.3 points per game and is the team’s top three-point shooter with a 7-17 year so far.  Jordan Bridges adds 12.0 points per contest and is making nearly 62 percent of her field goals. Hannah Steele and Jessica Buck have an 11.0 and10.0 points per game average respectively. 

The Jimmies are averaging 95.3 points per game through three games and allow an average of 47.7 points per game.  Jamestown is outrebounding teams 53-36 and convert 43.5 percent of its field goals while opponents are making 28.6 percent of their field goals.  The Jimmies have beaten Winnipeg (90-59), Canadian Mennonite (114-22) and Brandon (82-62).  All three games were home contests.

The Valley City men are playing in their season opener after posting a 23-7 mark last season and they advanced to the NAIA National Tournament where they lost in the first round of the tournament to Indiana Southeast 75-72.  The Vikings return four players who saw significant time last season and is led by Aaron Duske.  Duske averaged 10.7 points per game last season and took in 3.7 rebounds per contest.  AJ McDonald scored 7.8 points per game while Anthony Saavedra and Ty Pratt each scored 2.1 and 1.4 points per game while appearing in 28 and 30 games respectively.  The Vikings converted 45 percent of the field goals last season and held a slight 35.6-34.1 rebounding advantage.

The Jamestown men are 2-0 after a pair of wins over Crossroads (Minnesota) and Canadian Mennonite by scores of 112-91 and 117-59 respectively. Jamestown was officially 8-26 last season and 0-10 against other Independents in their region.  The Jimmies qualified for the NAIA National Tournament but had to forfeit seven of their second semester wins after it was found they had used an ineligible player. 

Three of the top four scorers from the 2012-13 season return for the Jimmies.  Mark Hoge averaged 18.5 points per game and Breshion Tucker added 8.6 points with Taylor Newton scoring 7.5 points per game.  This year Hoge is averaging 18 points per game while making 57.1 percent of his shots from the floor.  Brequan Tucker adds 15.5 points per game and Breshion Tucker is good for 12.0 points per game.  The Jimmies are converting 59.1 percent of their field goals while opponents make 40.1 percent of their shots.  The Jimmies also hold a 47-28.5 rebounding edge.

DEFENDER NOTES… Dordt College was 16-15 last season and finished 10-10 in the GPAC.  Dordt never won more than two games in a row and never lost more than three in a row in a season where they lost seven games by single digits and lost the first three games of the season by a combined 14 points.

Dordt averaged 68.6 points per outing and allowed 65.0 points per game while making 41.5 percent shooting and they allowed opponents to convert 39.6 percent.  The Defenders had a 37-36 rebounding edge and got to the free throw line three more times per game than their oponents on average.  Dordt converted 198 three-point shots and made 35.2 percent of their long shots attempted.

Kara Van Dyke led the team with a 12.8 points per game average and she took down a team high 7.5 rebounds per outing and earned all-GPAC first team honors.  Kayla Broekhuis averaged 12.0 points per game but will not be joining the team until the conclusion of the volleyball campaign.  Elise Maresh had a 9.7 points per game average and took down 4.9 rebounds.  Jasmin Schelhaas tossed in seven points per game during her freshman season and made 35.7 percent of her three-pointers.  Danelle Boone, Jaimie Kok and Jessica Jelsema all appeared in at least 28 games with Boone and Kok each averaging 5.7 points per game.

The Dordt College men are playing in their season opener and are coming off a 28-7 season where they advanced to the NAIA Division II Quarterfinal Round.

Dordt outscored teams 80.4-68.9 last season and outrebounded teams 38.5-30.5.  The Defenders converted 50.6 percent of their field goals and held teams to 42.8 percent shooting and they took a total of 807 free throws, making 554 and opponents were 411-597 from the free throw line. 

Dordt’s top returning scorer is Austin Katje with a 10.4 points per game average and he grabbed 3.7 rebounds and he converted 58-164 three-point shots.  Kyle Lindbergh scored 7.4 points per game last season and took down 6.0 rebounds per game while converting nearly 50 percent of his field goals.  Nathan Rindels scored 1.6 points per game and appeared in all 35 games last season.  Tyler Wolterstorff played in 18 games and averaged 3.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

HISTORY… Valley City State scored a comeback win in this meeting last year as they overcame a 34-29 deficit to win 71-63.  Kara Van Dyke had 17 points and seven rebounds while Briana Spronk and Elise Maresh both had ten points.  Lehner topped the Vikings with 20 points as the Vikings made 52 percent of their field goals.  Dordt had a 28-24 rebounding advantage but Valley City State made 16-24 free throws while Dordt was converting 6-10.  The Valley City women lead the series 4-2.

Jamestown nipped Dordt 66-62 last season in Sioux Center after leading 34-23 at halftime.  Dordt was led by Spronk with 16 points while Kara Van Dyke had 12 points and 11 rebounds.  Carly Jensen had 17 points and Bridget Schuneman tossed in 14 as Jamestown had a 42-35 rebounding advantage.  The Jamestown women lead the series 7-1.

Dordt beat Valley City State last season by an 83-59 margin after leading 46-20 at halftime.  Dordt made 56 percent of its field goals and was 20-33 from the free throw line while limiting Valley City State to 18-52 shooting.  Dordt had a 38-30 rebounding advantage and was led in scoring by Trevor Wolterstorff’s 16 points and six rebounds and Kyle Lindbergh had 13 points and four rebounds. Nathan Rindels and Chris Sievers each had eight points off the bench.  Sekane Milligen and AJ McDonald had 12 points each and Duske had ten.  The Defender men lead the series 7-2.

The Defenders and Jimmies played in men’s basketball on November 2 with Dordt prevailing 95-64.  Dordt converted 54.2 percent of its field goals and had a 47-27 rebounding advantage.  Dordt led 40-21 at halftime before outscoring the visitors 55-43. Shawn Keizer and Lindbergh each had 15 points and Jordan Vogel added 12 while Austin Katje dumped in 11.  Hoge had 24 points and two assists with four steals  and Davon Thomas had 15 points in the loss.  The Defender men lead the series 6-2.

NEXT… The Dordt women will travel to face Grand View on Tuesday, November 5 at 6:00 while the Defender men will face Grace in Omaha, Nebraska that same night at 7:00. 

The Valley City women travel to a classic hosted by Concordia and will face the Bulldogs and Doane on November 8 and 9.    The Valley City men will host Viterbo (Wisconsin) on November 7.

The Jamestown women will go to the same classic as Valley City to play Concordia and Doane.  The Jamestown men are scheduled to face Oklahoma Wesleyan and Culver Stockton on November 8 and 9.

MILESTONES… Entering the season Kara Van Dyke has 906 points which puts the Leota, Minnesota native 18th overall and she has 571 career rebounds which ranks 13th in Dordt College basketball history.

Kyle Lindbergh enters the season with 813 career points and has 596 career rebounds which is 12th all-time.  Lindbergh also ranks 12th all-time in steals with 116. 

Austin Katje enters the season with 987 career points and ranks 3rd all-time in career three-point shots made with 183.

PREVIOUSLY…As previously noted this is the season opener for both Valley City State teams and the Defender men.

Jamestown beat Brandon on October 25 by an 82-62 margin after trailing 35-34 at halftime.  Steele had a tean hgh 21 points and got to the free throw line 13 times and made eight.  Jensen added 15 and Megan Pold had 11 rebounds.  Jamestown out rebounded the visitors 63-48.

The Jamestown men had no trouble with Canadian Mennonite on October 19, winning by a score of 117-59 after getting up 68-24 at halftime.  Hoge and Brequan Tucker each had 15 points while Logan Brown came off the bench to score 14 points.   Jamestown made 55.6 percent of their field goals and had a 58-32 rebounding advantage.

The Dordt women beat York 80-50 on Friday, October 25.  The Defenders used an early 16 point run to get up 21-7 and were never challenged the rest of the way.  Elise Maresh had 15 points and six rebounds while Kara Van Dyke had 12 points and ten rebounds.  Danelle Boone added 12 points on 4-9 three-point shooting.  Abby Chapman scored nine and Mycah Hulst, Jaimie Kok and Kim Kroeze all had eight points.  Dordt had a 47-46 rebounding advantage and forced 34 turnovers.

RANKINGS…. The first NAIA Division II basketball polls were released on October 29.  The women’s poll is dominated by GPAC teams with Morningside no. 3; Concordia no. 5, Northwestern no. 7; Briar Cliff no. 12 and Dakota Wesleyan is receiving votes.  Jamestown is no. 10 and Valley City State is receiving votes. 

The men’s poll features Midland at no. 8, Northwestern at no. 15 and Hastings at no. 23.  Morningside is in the receiving votes category of the poll.  Jamestown is in the receiving votes category of the rankings. 

Morningside 17-3/
Concordia  16-4
Northwestern  15-5
Briar Cliff 13-7
Dakota Wesleyan 11-9
Mount Marty  10-10
Dordt College 10-10
Hastings  10-10
Midland   6-14
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-19
Doane   1-19

Northwestern 17-3
Dordt   15-5
Midland  12-8
Doane  11-9
Hastings  11-9
Morningside 11-9
Briar Cliff 10-10
Dakota Wesleyan 9-11
Nebraska Wesleyan 8-12
Mount Marty  4-16
Concordia  2-18

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