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Basketball Hosts Briar Cliff For Pair Saturday

Posted: November 22nd, 2019
Tags: Athletics, Men's Athletics, Varsity Athletics, Women's Athletics, Basketball


The Defender basketball teams will be hosting Briar Cliff on Saturday afternoon, November 23 starting at 2:00 with the women’s game and the men’s game will follow.

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


The Briar Cliff women are 2-4 overall and 1-1 in league play. The Chargers started the season with an 85-73 win over Dakota State and then lost four games in a row before beating Mount Marty in conference play on Wednesday night 79-72. Briar Cliff’s loss in league play is to Concordia 113-59.

The Chargers are averaging 74.3 points per game and allow 92.3 points per game. The Chargers are getting outrebounded 48.7-39 and teams convert 43.7 percent of their field goal attempts against Briar Cliff while making 38.6 percent of its field goal tries and 29 percent of its three-point shots.

Konnor Sudmann scores 16.8 points per game and with 3.2 rebounds and she averages right at three assists per game. Madelyn Deitchler adds 15.5 points per game and is making 54.8 percent of her field goal attempts and she leads the team with 5.8 rebounds per game. Alyssa Carley is scoring 13 points per game with 4.2 rebounds and Payton Slaughter scores 7.8 and leads the team with three assists per game. Carley leads the team in steals with 16.

The Briar Cliff men are 7-1 overall and 1-1 in the league with a buzzer beater to defeat Concordia in league play 70-69 and a 110-96 loss to Mount Marty on Wednesday night.

Briar Cliff is averaging 97.6 points per game while allowing 81.9. Briar Cliff also has a 36.6-35.4 rebounding advantage and convert 52.9 percent of its field goals and teams make 46.6 against the Chargers. Briar Cliff is taking nearly 50 percent of its shots from behind the three-point arc and is making 43 percent of them (108-251).

Jackson Lamb scores 23.9 points per game with a team high 6.4 rebounds and he is making 52.9 percent of his field goal attempts and leads the team with 28 made three-point shots and 45.2 percent success. Ethan Freidel adds 17.6 points per game and leads the team with over three assists per game. Jaden Kleinhesselink has converted 10.8 points per game and 5.3 rebounds and Conner Groves is coming off the bench to score 9.4 points per game with Austin Roetman converting 9.3 with 65.2 percent field goal shooting.


The Defender women are 8-1 this season and average 88.4 points per game while allowing 63.4 points per contest. Dordt outrebounds team 43.8-31.4 and convert 50.3 percent of its field goals while allowing teams to make 38.3 percent of their attempts.

Erika Feenstra is scoring 22.8 points per game and has made 69.9 percent of her field goal attempts. Feenstra also grabs 6.3 rebounds per game and has eight steals. She has attempted a team high 61 free throws and has made 44 for 72.1 percent. Karly Gustafson scores 10.7 points per game with a team high 6.7 rebounds per outing while converting 66.7 percent of her field goals. Rachel Evavold scores 9.8 points per game and she is grabbing five rebounds. Bailey Beckman adds 8.2 points per game with just over two assists per game and Gabby Kreykes averages 7.2 points per outing. Payton Harmsen leads the team with 3.5 assists per game with two steals.

The Defender men are 5-3 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. The Defenders bounced back with an 86-68 win over Northwestern earlier this week.  

Dordt is outscoring teams 85.6-77.0 and is outrebounding teams 41.3-35.9. Dordt converts 46 percent of its field goals and 36.8 percent of its three-point attempts.

Garrett Franken leads the team with a 16.1 points per game average and 8.4 rebounds. Jesse Jansma’s scoring average is 13.8 and Cade Bleeker is at 9.9. Zach Bussard is coming off the bench for 9.9 points per game with 4.8 rebounds and he is making 53.3 percent of his shots. Jansma and Bleeker have made 20 and 17 three-point baskets respectively. Marcus Winterfeld adds 8.5 and Josh Van Lingen 6.9. Chad Barkema is second on the team with a 5.6 rebounds per game average and Ben Gesink leads the team with 17 assists and has lifted his scoring average to seven points per game.


Briar Cliff beat Mount Marty in Sioux City on Wednesday, 79-72. Deitchler scored a team high 26 points and Carley adds 14 points per game. The Chargers made 27-58 field goals and Mount Marty was 25-70. Mount Marty had a 43-42 rebounding edge and the Lancers had 19 offensive rebounds. Briar Cliff had a 16-7 lead after one quarter and a 37-25 halftime edge. Mount Marty made a run back at Briar Cliff to get within four points with 1:24 left but Briar Cliff answered with three made free throws to extend the lead to seven and that was the final margin.

The Defender women built an 11 point lead midway through the fourth quarter and held off a Northwestern charge that got the Raiders within four points. Erika Feenstra and Karly Gustafson each had 23 points and Beckman added 12. Dordt converted 52.8 percent of its field goals and had a 41-29 rebounding average and forced 23 turnovers.

Briar Cliff lost to Mount Marty on Wednesday night in Sioux City 110-96. The Lancers were up 52-49 at halftime and led much of the second half by double figures. Briar Cliff had the lead down to five at 99-94  but seven unanswered by the Lancers put the game out of reach. Lamb ad 22 points and seven rebounds and Freidel added 21 with six rebounds. Kleinhesselink was good for 20 points per game and had seven rebounds with a game high five assists. Briar Cliff allowed Mount Marty to convert 61.5 percent of its field goals and Mount Marty had a 40-27 rebounding average.


The Defender women were 76-55 winners on December 5 in Sioux City last season and then beat the Chargers 83-35 on February 18. The Defenders used a 25-6 advantage in the third quarter of the first meeting with Evavold scoring 18 and Feenstra added 14. Evavold also had a team high 14 rebounds in the win. Taylor Wagner topped Briar Cliff with 12.

In the second meeting the Defenders led 37-12 at halftime and then put the game away with a 29-11 fourth quarter. Feenstra scored 14 in the win and Siennah Stamness added 13. Dordt forced 32 turnovers in the contest.

Briar Cliff and Dordt played three times last season with Briar Cliff winning the regular season games and Dordt won the GPAC quarterfinal round contest. Briar Cliff won an 89-79 decision in Sioux City. Dordt’s Alec Henrickson scored 19 and Chad Barkema had 17. Erich Erdman scored 21 for the Chargers and Jay Wolfe had 17.

Briar Cliff won the February 13 match up 95-92 with Lamb tossing in 30 and Freidel had 24. Jansma scored 22 in the loss and Henrickson scored 13.

One week later the Defenders won an 86-84 decision in Sioux City as Zach Bussard came off the bench to score 30 and Jansma added 21. Lamb and Wolfe had 33 and 26 respectively for the Chargers. Dordt took advantage of a 16-19 free throw shooting night to help secure the win.


Dordt will be off until Friday and Saturday next week when the Defenders host Dickinson State at 7:00 on Friday and Peru State at 4:00 on Saturday. There will be games at 5:0 and 2:00 both days as well with Northwestern playing the opposite foes.

GPAC STANDINGS…(November 22)

Women’s Basketball

Concordia 3-0/7-0

Morningside 3-0/6-1

Hastings 2-0/6-0

Jamestown 2-0/6-1

Dordt 2-1/8-1

Northwestern 2-1/6-1

Dakota Wesleyan 1-2/4-2

Briar Cliff 1-1/2-4

Midland 0-2/3-4

Mount Marty 0-3/4-3

Doane 0-3/0-6

College of Saint Mary 0-3/1-6


Men’s Basketball

Dakota Wesleyan 3-0/5-0

Mount Marty 2-1/8-2

Morningside 2-0/6-0

Jamestown 1-1/7-2

Northwestern 1-1/5-2

Briar Cliff 1-1/7-1

Hastings 1-1/5-2

Concordia 1-1/5-1

Dordt 1-2/5-3

Midland 0-2/2-4

Doane 0-3/2-8



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

(W) Morningside def. Doane 99-45

(W) Briar Cliff def. Mount Marty 79-72

(W) Dordt def. Northwestern 92-84

(W) Jamestown def. Dakota Wesleyan 71-69

(W) Concordia def. College of Saint Mary 127-51

(M) Morningside def. Doane 69-32

(M) Mount Marty def. Briar Cliff 110-96

(M) Dordt def. Northwestern 86-68  

(M) Dakota Wesleyan def. Jamestown 75-65


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