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Basketball Battles Northwestern Tonight

Posted: November 20th, 2019
Tags: Athletics, Men's Athletics, Varsity Athletics, Women's Athletics, Basketball


The Defender basketball teams will be hosting Northwestern on Wednesday night, November 20, with women’s basketball at 6:00 and the men following at 8:00.

The game can be heard on KDCR 88.5 and there will be video available at

Details about the contest can be found at and by following Dordt University athletics on Twitter at


The Northwestern women are 6-0 this season and 2-0 in the GPAC after wins over Mount Marty and the College of Saint Mary to start the year.

The Raiders are averaging 91.5 points per game and allow 61.2 points per contest. Northwestern also outrebounds teams 39.2-31.8 and are converting 45.8 percent of their shots.  Northwestern relies heavily on the three-point shot where it has made 75-193 attempts for 38.9 percent success. 


Sammy Blum is converting 16 points per game and makes 51.6 percent of her field goals. Alexis Toering is good for 13.0 points per game with 6.2 rebounds and Bre Schuiteman is good for 10.7 points per outing. Devyn Kemble and Emilee Danner score 10.3 and 10.2 points per game.  Taylor VanderVelde is the second leading rebounder with six per game and she leads the team with nearly five assists per game. Blum, Schuiteman and Danner all have 14 made three-point baskets this season through six games played.

The Northwestern men are 5-1 this season with a loss to Mayville State and four wins in a row since then including a tight 69-66 win over Viterbo on November 9.

The Raiders are averaging 95.8 points per game and allow 67.2 points per contest. Dordt has a 41.5-31.7 rebounding edge and is converting 50.5 percent of its field goals while opponents are held to 40.4 percent success.

Trent Hilbrands is leading Northwestern with 20 points per game and he is making 55 percent of his field goal attempts and 55 percent of his three-point attempts (21-38). He is second on the team in assists with 17 through six games played. Craig Sterk is scoring 14.6 points per game and he leads the team with 7.8 rebounds per game. Jay Small is at 10 points per game and Isaac Heyer is averaging nine points per game. Sterk and Small each average between four and five rebounds per game. Grant DeMeulenaere tops the team with 20 assist while coming off the bench.


The Defender women are 7-1 this season and average 88.0 points per game while allowing 60.9 points per contest.  Dordt outrebounds team 44.1-31.8 and convert 50 percent of its field goals while allowing teams to make 36.5 percent of their attempts. 

Erika Feenstra is scoring 22.8 points per game and has made 69.4 percent of her field goal attempts.  Feenstra also grabs 5.9 rebounds per game and has eight steals. She has attempted a team high 57 free throws and has made 43.  Rachel Evavold scores 10 points per game and she is grabbing five rebounds and Karly Gustafson is at 9.1 points per game and is a 65.4 percent field goal shooter and she’s the leading rebounder with a 6.8 average. Gabby Kreykes has 7.9 points per game average with four rebounds.  Bailey Beckman adds 7.8 points per game and  Kreykes leads the team with 18 steals while Payton Harmsen has 17.  Harmsen is the leading three-point threat and has made 16 while converting 31.4 percent of her long tries.

The Defender men are 4-3 this season with a loss to Mayville State on November 2 96-80 and back to back losses to Dakota Wesleyan and Morningside in the GPAC to start the league season.  

Dordt is outscoring teams 85.6-78.3 and is outrebounding teams 41.3-36.3. Dordt converts 46 percent of its field goals and 35.8 percent of its three-point attempts.

Garrett Franken leads the team with a 15.0 points per game average and 8.3 rebounds. Jesse Jansma’s scoring average is 13.6 and Cade Bleeker is at 9.9. Zach Bussard is coming off the bench for 10.4 points per game with 4.9 rebounds and he is making 52.7 percent of his shots. Jansma and Bleeker have made 16 and 15 three-point baskets respectively.  Marcus Winterfeld adds 8.4 and Josh Van Lingen 7.6. Chad Barkema is second on the team with a 5.4 rebounds per game average and Ben Gesink leads the team with 17 assists.


The Red Raiders beat the College of Saint Mary on November 16 in women’s play 83-70. Northwestern was up 23-16 after one quarter and led 42-28 at halftime. The lead was 63-55 after the third quarter before the Raiders put it away with a 20-15 fourth quarter advantage. Kemble had 16 points and five rebounds for Northwestern and Blum added 14 points. VanderVelde contributed 12 and had five assists and Toering added 10 points and nine rebounds. The Flames converted 50 percent of their field goals but were hindered by 24 turnovers and allowed 11 offensive rebounds.

The Defender women lost an 81-78 decision in Sioux City on Saturday to Morningside. Feenstra had 27 while converting 8-12 field goals and 11-14 free throws with 10 rebounds. Evavold had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Gustafson had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Dordt had a 51-33 rebounding edge but was hindered by 26 turnovers.

The Northwestern men defeated Mount Marty last Tuesday behind 36 points from Hilbrands on 9-16 shooting and Heyer and Small each had 16 points. Sterk added double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had 32 rebounds and Northwestern had ten turnovers while committing nine.

The Defender men were down 48-43 at halftime and never got closer than two in the second half against Morningside and fell to the Mustangs 96-88 on November 16 in Sioux City. Jansma had 23 points and six rebounds while Franken added 17 and Bussard 14. Morningside had a 34-30 rebounding advantage.  Dordt turned the ball over 13 times to 11 for the Mustangs.


Northwestern swept the women’s series last season. Northwestern won 91-84 on November 28 in spite of a 43 point school record performance by Erika Feenstra. Annie Rhinesmith added 15 and Evavold had 13 in the loss. Northwestern got 28 from Kassidy De Jong and 19 from Blum.  Northwestern had a slight 19-15 offensive rebound edge in the win. On January 23 the Defenders battled from behind to take a brief 59-58 lead with just over seven minutes remaining and managed to be up 70-69 after a Feenstra free throw with 2:39 left in the game.  Northwestern scored four in a row and Dordt’s possession down by three with under :30 remaining ended in a turnover and Northwestern won 77-70. Evavold had 16 points with eight rebounds and Feenstra and Kenzie Bousema each had 12. De Jong scored 22 for Northwestern and Darbi Gustafson had 17.

Northwestern took both games last season in the series with a 74-69 decision in Orange City on November 28 and earned an 89-80 win on January 23. In the first meeting Northwestern led 39-37 at halftime and built a 15 point lead in the second half before holding off a Dordt rally that cut the lead to two. Bussard and Van Lingen each had 14 and Brunsting 11 in the loss. Hillbrands scored 23 for Northwestern and Small and Grant Rohrer each had 11 in the win.  In the January meeting Dordt trailed 45-38 at halftime, cut the lead to two in the second half and won an 89-80 decision. Heyer scored 20 for Northwestern and had 10 rebounds while Steven Kragt added 19 and Hilbrands 18. Bussard came off the bench to score 19 and grabbed seven rebounds with Barkema scoring 17.


Dordt will host Briar Cliff on Saturday.  The Dordt women will host Dakota State on Tuesday night, November 26 while the men will host a classic on Friday and Saturday, November 29 and 30.

GPAC STANDINGS…(November 18)

Women’s Basketball

Concordia 2-0/6-0

Northwestern 2-0/6-0

Hastings 2-0/6-0

Morningside 2-0/5-1

Jamestown 1-0/5-1

Dordt 1-1/7-1

Dakota Wesleyan 1-1/4-1

Briar Cliff 0-1/1-4

Midland 0-2/3-4

Mount Marty 0-2/4-2

Doane 0-2/0-5

College of Saint Mary 0-2/1-5


Men’s Basketball

Dakota Wesleyan 2-0/4-0

Morningside 1-0/5-0

Jamestown 1-0/7-1

Northwestern 1-0/5-1

Briar Cliff 1-0/7-0

Hastings 1-1/5-2

Concordia 1-1/5-1

Mount Marty 1-1/7-2

Dordt 0-2/4-3

Midland 0-2/2-4

Doane 0-2/2-7


November 12

(W) Concordia def. Midland 93-70

(W) Northwestern def. Mount Marty 90-67

(M) Concordia def. Midland 95-71

(M) Northwestern def. Mount Marty  99-84


November 13

(W) Morningside def. College of Saint Mary 80-52

(W) Hastings def. Doane 107-55

(W) Dordt def. Dakota Wesleyan 88-86

(M) Hastings def. Doane 78-66

(M) Dakota Wesleyan def. Dordt 79-78


November 16

(W) Jamestown def. Doane 78-56

(W) Concordia def. Briar Cliff 113-59

(W) Hastings def. Mount Marty 65-49

(W) Morningside def. Dordt 81-78

(W) Dakota Wesleyan def. Midland 71-48

(W) Northwestern def. College of Saint Mary 83-70

(M) Jamestown def. Doane 97-71

(M) Briar Cliff def. Concordia 70-69

(M) Mount Marty def. Hastings 107-105

(M) Morningside def. Dordt 96-88

(M) Dakota Wesleyan def. Midland 85-65


November 20

Morningside @ Doane

Mount Marty @ Briar Cliff

Northwestern @ Dordt

Dakota Wesleyan @ Jamestown

College of Saint Mary @ Concordia


November 23

Briar Cliff @ Dordt

Hastings @ Morningside

Jamestown @ Northwestern

Midland @ College of Saint Mary


November 26

Briar Cliff @ Dakota Wesleyan

Midland @ Hastings

Concordia @ Morningside

Doane @ College of Saint Mary