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Game Time...Top-ranked Northwestern is set to play Dordt College on Wednesday, Jan. 15 in a GPAC women's basketball match-up between the two rivals. Tip-off is set for 6pm. Northwestern is in first place in the GPAC with a 9-0 record. 17-0 overall. Dordt is in eighth place in the GPAC with a 3-7 mark, 9-9 overall. Listen live to the game via the KSOU broadcast at the following link: Listen Now! or watch the game live via the Dordt College webcast: Watch Now!
All-Time...Northwestern holds a 63-17 all-time advantage in the season series and has not lost since the 1997-98 season.
Scouting Dordt...The Defenders snapped its three-game losing streak last time out, earning an impressive 115-66 win over Nebraska Wesleyan last Saturday in Sioux Center. Dordt shot nearly 60% from beyond the arc for the game and had seven players score in double figures, led by Kara Van Dyke with 25 points.
Dordt is in eighth place in the GPAC with a 3-7 record, 9-9 overall. They opened the season with a 6-2 record but are just 3-7 since the beginning of December.
Craig Steimsma is in his seventh season as the Defenders head coach and returns four starters and nine players off a 2012-13 team that tied for sixth in the GPAC with a 10-10 record, 16-15 overall. They lost to Concordia in the GPAC quarterfinals. Steimsma's 2009-10 squad set a school record with 19 wins and has directed Dordt to the conference tournament in three of the last four years.
Dordt scores 72 points per game while shooting 42% from the field and 33% from the three-point line. Defensively, they are giving up 72 points per game and rank ninth in the league in rebounding (-1).
Senior Elise Maresh is one of four Dordt players scoring in double figures, averaging 16.2 points per game. Maresh, however, has missed the last few games due to injury, but is shooting 53% this season. Another senior, Kara Van Dyke, returns in the starting line-up, averaging 12.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Van Dyke, a 2013 NAIA All-American and two-time all-conference pick, is shooting 45% from the field. Senior guard Kayla Broekhuis scores 12.1 points per game and is second on the team with 21 three-pointers, shooting 57% from beyond the arc. Jaimie Kok scores 11.1 points per game and is second on the team in rebounding (5.9).
Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders are in first place in the GPAC with a 9-0 record, 17-0 overall. They moved into a share of the top spot in this week's NAIA coaches' poll (Jan. 14), along with Saint Francis (Ind.), the only unbeaten teams left in the D-II ranks. Northwestern held down the second spot in the previous two polls. They own nine wins over teams either ranked or earning votes in the NAIA D-I or D-II polls.
Northwestern leads the GPAC in scoring, pouring in over 93 points per game. They are the top shooting teams in the NAIA, ranking fourth in field goal percentage (47%) and fifth in three-point percentage (37%). Also one of the top defensive teams, Northwestern gives up 68 points per game and ranks second in the NAIA in rebound margin (+13). Teams are shooting just 37% from the field and 28% from the three-point arc.
Alli Engebretson, the reigning GPAC player of the week, leads the GPAC in scoring (19.4ppg) and three-pointers (57). The senior is shooting 41% from the three-point line and is second on the team in rebounding (6.9). Junior Karen Hutson ranks second in the GPAC in scoring (17.4ppg), shooting a league-best 56% from the field. Samantha Kleinsasser averages 15.8 points and a team-best 7.5 rebounds per game, shooting 54% from the field. Mackenzie Small puts in nearly 13 points per game and ranks eighth in the GPAC with 33 three-pointers. Paige O'Neal ranks fifth in the NAIA with 101 assists.
Up Next...Northwestern has the rest of the week off and will play at #9 Morningside on Wednesday, Jan. 22 in Sioux City, Iowa.
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