January 25, 2014
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa – Dordt (Iowa) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference stormed to a 20-point halftime lead Saturday afternoon over Dakota State (S.D.) in women's basketball non-conference game at DeWitt Gymnasium. The Defenders never trailed in the game as they defeated the Lady T's by the score of 97-70.
Dakota State slipped to 9-14 overall record. Dordt moved back to .500 with an overall record of 11-11.
The Defenders kicked off the game by scoring four straight points by Kara Van Dyke to earn a 4-0 lead with eighteen minutes and 34 seconds left.
DC outscored DSU 35-15 in the final 18:02 of the first-half to earn a 39-19 halftime advantage.
Dordt shot 50 percent from the field (15-for-30) in the first twenty minutes. The Lady T's struggled from the field, shooting 24.1 percent (7-for-29).
Dakota State could get no closer than 19 points at 41-22 with 19:23 remaining as the Defenders secured the victory by maintaining double-digit lead.
The second-half featured a high scorning affair as DC outscored the Lady T's 58-51.
Dordt was 59.5 percent from the field in the second-half, making 22 baskets in 37 attempts (including 6-for-9 from the 3-point arc). DSU was 46.9 percent (15-for-32) from the field and made 17 free-throws in 22 attempts (77.3 percent).
Drooger and Hamblin each produced three assists for the Lady T's. Drooger had two blocked shots. Kylie Westover recorded two steals.
Van Dyke led the Defenders with 24 points on her 10-for-17 shooting from the field. Jaimie Kok added a double-double of 14 points and earned 10 rebounds. Jasmie Schelhaas had 13 points. Danelle Boone scored 11 points.
Van Dyke grabbed nine rebounds for DC.
Kok dished out seven assists and stole the ball four times for Dordt.
The Defenders shot 55.2 percent overall from the field (37-for-67) and 8-for-19 from the 3-point line (42.1 percent). The Lady T's were 36.1 percent from the field (22-for-61) and 5-for-18 from the 3-point arc (27.8 percent).
Dakota State went to the free-throw line 28 times, making 21 free-throws (75 percent). Dordt was 15-for-26 from the free-throw line (57.7 percent).
The Lady T's bench outscored DC's bench 34-30.
The Defenders outrebounded DSU 43-36.
Dakota State returns back to North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) conference action on Wednesday evening. The Lady T's welcome the nationally-ranked Mayville State (N.D.), who is No. 16 in the latest NAIA Division II Women's Basketball national poll. The battle of NSAA undefeated teams is set for 5:30 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse in Madison, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director