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Dordt Basketball Opens GPAC Season

November 14, 2013

GAMETIME…The Dordt College Defender women’s and men’s basketball team travels to Fremont, Nebraska to face Midland in the Great Plains Athletic Conference opener for both teams.  The contests will start with the women’s game at 1:00 and the men will get underway at about 3:00.  There will be an audio webcast available at  Scores and details about the contests at their conclusion  can be found online at  ; and you can follow us on Twitter at

SCOUTING REPORT… The Midland women are 3-2 this season and enter this contest with a win over the College of Saint Mary after suffering a loss to Nebraska Kearney on November 10.  The other wins for the Warriors are over Culver Stockton and Bethel (Kansas).  Midland opened the season with a loss to Dakota State by a 63-61 margin.

Midland is averaging 69.6 points per game and allows 58.8 points per outing.  Opponents own a very small average on the boards with a 38.2-37.6 difference.  Midland is converting 39 percent of their field goals while teams make 40 percent of their shots. 

Jamilah Johnson leads the team with a 12.0 points per game average and Taylor Shepard is converting 11.6 points per game with 6.4 rebounds.  Sammi Licari is the third player with a double digit scoring average and dumps in 11.2 points per game with 7.0 rebounds.  Joelle Andersen and Kelli Page each score 8.4 points per game and Shelby Rupprecht is good for 7.4 points per game.

The Midland men are 3-0 overall and played an exhibition game with Missouri Western on Wednesday night which the Griffons won 86-68.  The exhibition game does not count in Midland’s record.   The wins for Todd Eisner’s team are over Benedictine, St. Ambrose and Mount Mercy.  This will be the first of three straight conference games for the Warriors with two of them at home. 

Midland is scoring 69.3 points per game and allows 64.0 points per outing.  The Warriors are getting outrebounded by a slight 38-37.3 margin and convert 40.9 percent of the field goals they try while surrendering 38.9 percent success. 

Ben Imig leads the team with an 18.3 points per game average and Galen Gullie is at 12.0 points per game with two assists per game.  Imig averages a team high six assists per game. Marcus Franklin is good for nine points per game and DJ Vaughn is at eight points per game and has converted 7-22 three-point tries.  Jalen Hueser converts 7.7 points per game and gets 5.3 rebounds per game and shares team honors in that category with Brandon Williams. 

DEFENDER NOTES… Dordt is 4-1 this season in women’s play with wins over York, Valley City State, Grand View and AIB.  The only thing standing between Dordt and an undefeated start to its season is a 80-78 loss on the road to Jamestown. 

Dordt is averaging 77 points per game while allowing opponents to score 65.  The Defenders have a 40-36.4 rebounding advantage and make 41.3 percent of the field goals they try while limiting opponents to 34.9 success.  Dordt is 117-145 from the free throw line while opponents have made 85-106.

Elise Maresh is scoring 18.4 points per game and is converting a team high 54.9 percent of her field goals and is taking down 5.0 rebounds.  Kara Van Dyke is adding 14.4 points per game and takes down a team high 9.2 rebounds per game. Jaimie Kok scores 11.0 points per game while coming off the bench and snags five rebounds per game.  Danelle Boone’s 8.2 points per game rank her fourth on the team and she is 9-27 on three-point shots which is tops on the team in makes and percentage.

The Defender men are 5-1 this season with wins over Valley City State, Jamestown, Grace (Nebraska), Trinity Christian and AIB.  The loss for Dordt was a defeat at the hands of Davenport (Michigan) on November 8 at a classic hosted by Northwestern.  Dordt has scored over 90 points all five wins and have broken the century mark three times.

Dordt is averaging 96.2 points per game while giving up 83.5 points per game.  The Defenders hold a 40.7-28.7 rebounding edge and convert 51.9 percent of their field goal attempts.  Dordt has made 150-207 free throws this season and opponents are 92-132. 

Kyle Lindbergh averages 20.3 points and 11.5 rebounds for the Defenders and hands out just over two assists per game.  Austin Katje’s scoring average is at 14.8 and he is 12-29 on three-point attempts.  Dalton Franken has scored for a 14.0 average and Tyler Wolterstorff’s average is 12.5.  Nathan Rindels adds 10.0 points per game with 4.5 rebounds and Alex Terpstra comes off the bench for an 8.7 points per game average.  David Den Herder is good for 5.8 points per game in a reserve role and he takes in 4.5 rebounds in 15 minutes of playing time.

HISTORY… The Dordt women lead the series 12-5 with Midland after splitting the two meetings last year.  Oddly, the visitor won the games last year.  Dordt won the game in Fremont on December 1 last year 70-63 after taking a 36-31 halftime lead.  Brianna Spronk had 25 points to lead the Defenders and Mycah Hulst added ten with nine rebounds.  Joelle Anderson had a team high 20 points for Midland. 

Midland won the January 12 meeting 76-65 and was helped by a 44-28 rebounding advantage.  Joelle Anderson had 19 points and Johnson had 16.  Maresh scored 19 points Spronk had 17 the Defenders.  Midland was 22-28 free throw shooting while Dordt was 11-17.  Midland had a 44-28 rebounding advantage.

Dordt holds a 17-3 advantage on Midland in the men’s series with Dordt taking two of three last season.  Midland won on December 1 by a 97-89 margin after leading 48-43 at halftime.  Gullie had 21 and James Parrott 19 and Hueser came off the bench to score 14 while making 4-4 three-point shots and 2-2 free throws. 

The Defenders won the January 12 meeting 78-69 after trailing 37-33 at halftime.  Jordan Vogel scored 15 and Trevor Wolterstorff 14 while Parrott scored 15 for the Warriors and Imig had 13.  Both teams had just seven turnovers as Dordt had a 43-31 rebounding advantage. 

The third meeting between the two was a classic in the semifinal round of the GPAC Tournament with Dordt preserving the win 69-68 in a back and forth affair.  Dordt had a 40-30 halftime lead but the Warriors willed themselves back into the game with Parrott scoring 26 and Vaughn had 21 with 10 rebounds.  Vogel and Wolterstorff each had 17 and Chris Sievers 15.  Both teams had 31 rebounds.

NEXT… Midland will host Morningside on November 20 in conference play while the Defenders are off until Saturday, November 23 when they host Doane at the De Witt Gym.

MILESTONES… Kara Van Dyke is closing in on 1,000 career points and currently has 978 after the AIB game. 

LAST TIME…The Midland women beat the College of Saint Mary Flames on Tuesday night 82-77 after leading 44-34 in a game played in Omaha, Nebraska.  Johnson topped the Warriors with 18 points while Licari and Anderson each had 15.  Johnson converted 10-11 free throws in the win and Licari had eight rebounds and four assists.  The College of Saint Mary held a 44-32 rebounding edge by committed 20 turnovers.

The Defender women beat AIB on Tuesday after trailing by ten points with ten minutes left.  Elise Maresh scored a career high 31 points and Kara Van Dyke had 15 points and ten rebounds. Danelle Boone tossed in 13 points as Dordt converted 31-35 free throws and had a 52-37 rebounding advantage.

The Midland men beat Mount Mercy 73-69 after leading 36-23 at halftime in a game that was played at Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Imig led the Warriors with 26 points and six assists.  Gullie tossed in 17 while converting 4-8 three-point baskets.  Hueser had a team high 12 rebounds and Williams had seven rebounds as Midland was outrebounded 40-36.  Midland made up for the deficit with 44 percent field goal shooting to 39 percent success for the hosts.

The Defender men beat AIB 94-65 in Des Moines on Tuesday, November 12 with Dalton Franken tossing in 24 and Kyle Lindbergh had 23 points with 16 rebounds and five assists.  Dordt made 69 percent of the field goals they tried in the second half while outscoring the hosts 59-34. 

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. 

GPAC STANDINGS…(Thursday, November 14)

Women’s Basketball
Northwestern  1-0/4-0
Morningside  0-0/5-0
Hastings   0-0/5-0
Dakota Wesleyan  0-0/5-1
Dordt College  0-0/4-1
Concordia   0-0/4-1
Doane   0-0/3-2
Midland   0-0/3-2
Mount Marty   0-0/2-1
Nebraska Wesleyan 0-0/0-0
Briar Cliff  0-1/4-1

Men’s Basketball
Midland   0-0/3-0
Dordt College  0-0/5-1
Doane   0-0/4-1
Hastings   0-0/3-1
Dakota Wesleyan  0-0/4-2
Briar Cliff  1-0/4-2
Northwestern  0-1/3-3
Morningside  0-0/2-2
Concordia  0-0/2-3
Nebraska Wesleyan  0-0/0-0
Mount Marty   0-0/0-3

Saturday, November 16

Dordt @ Midland
Northwestern @ Hastings
Briar Cliff @ Doane
Morningside @ Concordia

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