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Women fight tough competitors

By Mike Byker

The Dordt College Lady Defenders completed a 15-13 season recently, advancing to the Great Plains Athletic Conference quarterfinals before seeing their season come to an end.

The Lady Defenders, under fifth-year head coach Glenn Bouma, posted a 9-9 record in the ultra-competitive Great Plains Athletic Conference and tied for fifth place in the final standings. The conference, considered by many as the premier league in the country at the NAIA level, has again qualified four teams for the NAIA Division II national tournament.

Playing a schedule loaded with top-20 opponents, nine of Dordt College’s thirteen losses came at the hands of teams that qualified for the NAIA national tournament and ended the season rated in the top 20.

A senior group of seven players concluded their careers by helping the Lady Defenders to their second highest win total since the 1991-1992 season. Jill Haan (senior; Orange City, Iowa) headlined the group by earning All-GPAC second-team honors and was the leading scorer for this year’s team with a 10.5 points-per-game average along with 6.1 rebounds per game. Shawna Flikkema (senior; Manhattan, Montana), a four-year regular for the Lady Defenders, also concluded her Lady Defender career, appearing in over 100 games during her career and garnering all-GPAC honorable mention honors after averaging 7.3 points per game. Flikkema leaves Dordt College as the 16th leading scorer all-time and Haan left her mark as the 19th leading scorer and 15th leading rebounder.

Rachel Van Beek (senior; Inwood, Iowa) joined the elite 600-600 club at Dordt College, becoming just the seventh player all-time to score at least 600 points and grab 600 rebounds during her career. Van Beek averaged 7.0 rebounds per game this year and leaves the program as the seventh leading rebounder all-time.

Lindsey Van Wyk (junior; Sully, Iowa) garnered all-conference honorable mention this season after putting up 9.3 points per game. The junior hit 40 percent of her shots from the floor.