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Game Time...Northwestern College travels to Sioux Center, Iowa, to play Dordt in a conference match-up on Wednesday night, Feb. 18. Tip-off is scheduled for 6pm. Earning votes in this week's NAIA coaches' poll, Northwestern is in fifth place in the GPAC with a 10-8 record, 16-10 overall. Dordt is in 10th place in the conference with a 2-16 record, 11-17 overall. Watch/listen live to the game via the Dordt webcast at this link: Watch/Listen Now! or listen to the game via the KSOU broadcast at this link: Listen Now!
All-Time...Northwestern leads the all-time series 64-17 against the Defenders.
Last Time vs Dordt...Karen Ettleman scored a game-high 23 points in leading Northwestern to a 61-53 win over Dordt in a GPAC match-up played Jan. 14 in the Bultman Center.
Ettleman converted 10-of-her-21 field goal attempts en route to a 23-point effort. The senior pulled down four rebounds and dished out two assists. Paige O'Neal added 17 points, 15 in the second half, and five rebounds.
Northwestern started the game on a 14-6 run, capped by a lay-up by Katie Kuiper, to force the Defenders to take a timeout. Dordt rallied behind the perimeter shooting of Abby Chapman, who drained a pair of three-pointers to spark an 11-2 run to take its first lead 20-18 with four minutes left in the first half. Northwestern grabbed the lead back, closing the half on a 6-2 run, all scored by Ettleman, to put the hosts in front 24-22.
Another three-pointer by Chapman gave Dordt an early three-point lead (27-24) in the second half but Northwestern gradually pulled away, opening up an 11-point lead both at the eight-minute mark (46-35) and later again with 5:48 left to go, 52-41. The Defenders made one last push, getting back-to-back three-pointers by Chapman to make it a five-point game but Northwestern iced the game at the foul line, going 7-for-8 from the charity stripe over the final minute to get the win.
The Red Raiders shot 40% for the game but struggled from the perimeter (1-11), shooting 9% from the three-point arc. Claudia Larsen and Renee Maneman pulled down six rebounds for the Red Raiders, who forced Dordt into 22 turnovers.
Dordt shot 35% for the game, 46% (5-for-11) from the three-point arc. Chapman led the Defenders with 17 points and Cassidy Vredevoogd chipped in 12. Mycah Hulst added six points and 12 rebounds.
Scouting the Defenders...Dordt is currently in 10th place in the GPAC with a 2-16 league record, 11-17 overall, with two games left in the regular season. The Defenders are 3-7 over their last 10 games, owning two wins over Nebraska Wesleyan and one non-conference win over Grace.
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.
The Defenders are scoring 65 points per game, shooting 39% from the field and 33% from beyond the arc. They are one of the top defensive teams in the GPAC, giving up 69 points per game and holding opponents to just 38% from the floor and 29% from beyond the arc. Dordt leads the GPAC with 141 blocked shots and is second in rebounding (+5).
Abby Chapman leads the Defenders' in scoring, averaging 12.5 points per game. The junior ranks seventh in the GPAC with a team-high 54 three-pointers, shooting 32% from beyond the arc. Sophomore Kim Kroeze scores 9.5 points per game and leads the team with 56 assists. Cassidy Vredevoogd (9.4) and Mycah Hulst (8.2) are the other top scorers. Hulst leads the GPAC in both rebounds (10.3) and blocked shots (97).
Northwestern News and Notes...Earning votes in the NAIA coaches' poll for the third straight week, Northwestern is currently in fifth place in the GPAC with a 10-8 record, 16-10 overall. They hold a two-game lead over Doane with two games left play. Northwestern is 2-2 in February, defeating Dakota Wesleyan and Mount Marty while losing to Briar Cliff and Concordia.
Northwestern scores 74.5 points per game while leading the GPAC in field goal percentage (44%). They are 11th in the GPAC in three-point percentage (29%) and are fourth in rebounding (+4).
Karen Ettleman leads the GPAC in scoring, averaging 21.5 points per game. The senior leads the team in rebounding (5.9) and steals (49). She has scored in double figures in 25 games this season and 79 times during her career. Paige O'Neal is ninth in the league in scoring (12.4) and ranks second in the GPAC with 127 assists. Arianne Gesell averages 8.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
Up Next...Northwestern will close the regular season on the road at Hastings on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 2pm.
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