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Game Time...Ninth-ranked Northwestern plays host to Dordt College in a GPAC women's basketball match-up Wednesday night in the Bultman Center. The Red Raiders have lost two straight and is tied with Morningside for third place in the GPAC with a 14-4 record, 24-4 overall. Dordt is tied with Doane for eighth place in the GPAC with a 6-12 league record, 13-14 overall. Watch/listen live to the game via the NWC webcast at the following link: Watch/Listen Now!
Last Time vs Dordt...Northwestern used an early second half run to defeat Dordt 76-62 in a match-up played on Jan. 15 in Sioux Center.
After a back-and-forth first half which ended with the host Defenders holding a one point lead (36-35), Northwestern scored the first two baskets of the second half to take a 39-36 lead and never trailed from that point on. The Red Raiders later went on a 14-3 run, sparked by eight points by Samantha Kleinsasser, to go up by double digits. The Defenders managed to get within seven late but Northwestern held off the rally to record the 14-point win.
Northwestern overcame a cold shooting night from the perimeter, making just 3-of-17 three-pointers (18%). They shot 42% for the game and were led byAlli Engebretson with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Karen Hutson added 22 points and Kleinsasser put in 14 points and grabbed nine boards.
Dordt shot 37% for the game and was led by Kara Van Dyke with 19 points and six boards. Danelle Boone put in 16, going 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.
Dordt College News and Notes...The Defenders are currently tied with Doane for the eighth and final spot for the upcoming eight-team GPAC Tournament beginning next week. They are 6-12 in the conference and have won two of their last three games, defeating Dakota Wesleyan and Nebraska Wesleyan while losing to Morningside. Dordt is 13-14 overall.
Craig Stiemsma 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. Stiemsma'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 71 points per game and is shooting 43% from the field, 35% from beyond the arc. Defensively, they are giving up 71 points per game and rank ninth in the league in rebounding (-1).
Senior Elise Maresh is one of four Defender players scoring in double figures, averaging a team-high 14.9 points per game. The two-year starter is shooting 51% from the field and pulls down four rebounds per game. Senior Kara VanDyke, a 2013 NAIA All-American, averages 13.4 points and ranks fifth in the league at 7.3 rebounds per game. Returning starter Kayla Broekhuis scores 11.1 points per game and ranks second on the team with 40 three-pointers. Broekhuis earned all-conference honors last year. Jaimie Kok averages 11.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and leads the team with 56 assists.
Northwestern College News and Notes...The Red Raiders dropped two road games last week, losing to Dakota Wesleyan on Wednesday and then to Concordia on Saturday in the NAIA D-II women's game of the week. Northwestern fell into a tie for third place in the GPAC, along with Morningside, at 14-4 with two games left before the GPAC Tournament next week. They are 22-4 overall, earning 20+ wins for the ninth straight season, and are ranked ninth in this week's coaches' poll.
Northwestern is the top scoring team in the GPAC, averaging 90 points per game, while leading the conference in field goal percentage (47%) and free throw percentage (75%). Defensively, the Red Raiders are giving up 70 points per game and are among the top rebounding team in the NAIA at +10.
Four Red Raider players score in double figures, three of which rank among the top five in the conference in scoring. Alli Engebretson scores 18.8 points per game, second most in the GPAC, and leads the team in three-pointers (80) and rebounds (7.7). Karen Hutson ranks fourth in the conference in scoring (17ppg), shooting a GPAC-best 56% from the field. Samantha Kleinsasser is fifth in the GPAC in scoring (16.1) and fourth in rebounding (7.5), shooting 52% from the field. Engebretson, Hutson and Kleinsasser all have scored 1,000 points in their respective careers. Mackenzie Small averages 12.7 points per game and is second on the team with 44 three-pointers. Paige O'Neal leads the conference with 138 assists and scores six points per game.
Up Next...Northwestern will host fourth-ranked Hastings College on Saturday, Feb. 22, for senior/parent's day. Tip-off is scheduled for 2pm.
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