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With 15 of their 28 games scheduled against opponents rated in the NAIA's top 25 during the 2003-2004 season, the Lady Defenders knew that matching last year's nine-win total would be an accomplishment in itself. A nineteen point win over Briar Ciff on the last day of the season allowed the Lady Defenders to do just that, improving to 9-19 for the season and finishing 4-14 in the best NAIA Division II women's basketball conference in the country.

The year included a season opening win over Grand View and also included three sets of back-to-back wins. The Lady Defenders were 5-5 in non-conference games, including a pair of wins over Northwestern (Minnesota) and Viterbo, teams expecting to challenge for the title in their respective conferences. The Lady Defenders also had the opportunity to travel to Central California, playing a pair of games in front of Dordt College alumni and supporters at Fresno Pacific. They nearly pulled off an upset of the highly-regarded host school before falling in overtime.

Three senior players and a student assistant will leave the Defender program.

The players, Jacque Scoby, Rachel Schutte, and Colleen De Groot filled a variety of roles through out their careers. Scoby appeared in seventeen games this season, starting three and averaging just over two points per game. Schutte and De Groot appeared in all 28 games for the Lady Defenders, with Schutte contributing 5.4 points per game and De Groot 8.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.

De Groot leaves in twenty-first place in high scoring in Dordt history, with 640 points and fifteenth all time in rebounding with 369. Schutte ends her four-year Dordt career with 610 points and is twenty-second in scoring all time.

Schutte, Angie Katsma and Katie Bleeker were all named NAIA Scholar Athletes at the conclusion of the season.