Dordt College News

Women's Basketball Opens Season Friday

October 24, 2013

GAMETIME…The Dordt College Defender women’s basketball team opens the 2013-14 season with a home game against York College (Nebraska) on Friday, October 25.  The game will tip off at 6:00 and can be heard on KDCR 88.5 FM and there will be a live video stream with play by play available at  Results and details about the contest can be found online at ; and you can follow us on Twitter at

SCOUTING REPORT… This will be the season opener for York after the Panthers went 5-25 last season and closed the year with a 4-12 record in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Last year’s team averaged 57.2 points per game on offense and allowed 78.3 points while converting 33.4 percent of the shots it took from the field.  Opponents converted 41.9 percent of the field goals they took and also made over 33 percent of their three-point attempts.  York was outrebounded by a 44.5-36.4 margin and turned the ball over 23 times per game.

Sara Lincoln scored 14.4 points per game and averaged 4.7 rebounds per game and was the only player to average double figures.  Lincoln was 74-218 on three-point attempts.  Marisa Maher scored 9.2 points per game and took down a team high 6.6 rebounds per game.  Courtney Swope added 8.2 points per game with Alyssa Becker dishing out a team high 3.3 assists per game.  Lincoln was the only senior on the 2012-13 roster.

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.

HISTORY… Dordt and York played in York, Nebraska on November 24, 2012 and Dordt won 81-39 after leading 46-24 at halftime.  Dordt had a 55-26 rebounding advantage and took down 26 offensive rebounds and made 32.4 percent of its field goals.  Van Dyke had 19 points and ten rebounds with Schelhaas adding 15 on 5-10 shooting from the field.  Kayla Broekhuis was good for 10 points and five rebounds.  Lincoln had 15 for the Panthers and no one else had more than eight as the hosts were plagued by 26 turnovers.  Dordt leads the series 6-0.

NEXT… Dordt will travel to North Dakota for a pair of games at Valley City State and Jamestown on Friday and Saturday, November 1 and 2.

York will play at Grace College in Omaha, Nebraska on October 29.

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.

HOW THEY FINISHED THE SEASON…Dordt saw its season end in Seward, Nebraska with a GPAC Post-Season Tournament loss to Concordia 75-63 after trailing 38-28 at halftime.  Dordt was led by Briana Spronk with 18 while Danelle Boon had 12 with Kok chipping in with ten.  Kara Van Dyke had ten rebounds before fouling out.

York played and lost to the College of Saint Mary in the MCAC post-season tournament by a 108-50 difference.  Lincoln had 22 in the loss and Swope added nine as the Panthers lost the rebounding battle 56-30.

RANKINGS…. The first NAIA Division II basketball polls are set to be released on October 29.

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

KEEPING UP WITH THE DEFENDERS…Keep up with the progress of the Defenders via their website at  You can also receive athletic updates via e mail by subscribing on the Dordt College athletics website; follow Dordt College athletics on Twitter at or Defender athletics is on Facebook at

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