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Game Time...For the first time in over a month, Northwestern will play at home as they host Dordt College in a conference match-up on Wednesday night, Jan. 14, at the Bultman Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 6pm. The Red Raiders have won three of their last four games to move up to sixth place in the GPAC with a 4-5 record, 10-7 overall. Dordt is in 10th place in the GPAC with a 1-9 record, 9-10 overall. Watch/listen live to the game via the NWC webcast at the following link: Watch/Listen Now! or listen live to the game via the KSOU broadcast at this link: Listen Now!
All-Time...Northwestern is 63-17 all-time against the Defenders. Last year, the Red Raiders earned a 76-62 road win and then defeated Dordt at home 102-70.
Scouting the Defenders...Dordt earned its first conference win of the season last weekend, rallying from an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Nebraska Wesleyan 73-63 in Lincoln, Neb. The Defenders are in 10th place in the current standings with a 1-9 record, 9-10 overall. They are 3-2 over their last five games, defeating Martin Luther, Buena Vista and NWU while losing to #3 Concordia and #1 Morningside.
Craig Stiemsma is in his eighth season as the Defenders' head coach, beginning his tenure at the start of the 2007-08 season. Stiemsma returns seven players off a 2013-14 squad that finished ninth in the GPAC with a 6-14 record, 13-16 overall.
Dordt averages 69 points per game and shoots 39% from the field, 34% from beyond the arc. Defensively, they are giving up 72 points per game and lead the GPAC with 92 blocks.
Junior Abby Chapman leads the Defenders in scoring, averaging 14 points per game. She also leads the team with 40 three-pointers, shooting 34% from beyond the arc. Freshman Cassidy Vredevoogd scores 9.3 points per game and is sixth in the GPAC with 16 blocks. Kim Kroeze (8.9) and Mycah Hulst (8.3) are the other top scorers. Hulst ranks fifth in the NAIA with 59 blocks and is shooting nearly 50% from the floor.
Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders return home after playing six consecutive road games over the past month, going 4-2 during that stretch. Last time NWC played at home was on Dec. 10 when they lost to Briar Cliff, 76-61. Northwestern has climbed into a tie for sixth place in the GPAC with a 4-5 league record, 10-7 overall. Five of the Red Raiders' seven losses are to teams ranked in the current NAIA D-II coaches' poll.
Northwestern ranks fourth in the GPAC in scoring, averaging 77 points per game. They are the top shooting team in the GPAC (45%) and are fifth in rebounding, owning a +3 edge on the glass. Defensively, the Red Raiders are giving up 72 points per game.
Karen Ettleman is one of two Red Raiders scoring in double figures, averaging a GPAC-leading 22.6 points per game. Ettleman, the reigning GPAC player of the week, is shooting 47% from the field and has scored in double figures in all but one game. The senior also leads the team in rebounding (6.1) and steals (36). Paige O'Neal averages 11.4 points per game and ranks second in the GPAC with 86 assists. Arianne Gesell puts in nine points per game and is shooting 69% from the floor. Morgan VanDerSloot leads the team with 22 three-pointers.
Up Next...Northwestern will host top-ranked Morningside on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 6pm.
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