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Game Time...No. 22 Northwestern College looks to extend its win streak Wednesday night as they face Dordt College for a GPAC match-up on Wednesday night, Jan. 25. Tip-off at the DeWitt Gymnasium is scheduled for 6pm.
Northwestern has won four straight and seven of its last eight games to climb up to fifth place in the current GPAC standings with an 8-6 record, 16-6 overall. Dordt is 10th in the GPAC with a 1-12 record, 9-14 overall.
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All-Time...Northwestern holds a 66-19 edge all-time against the Defenders and is 8-2 over the last 10 match-ups, including a 79-63 home win over Dordt on Nov. 30.
Last Five Games vs Dordt:
2016-17: 79-63 Win (Home)
2015-16: 64-53 loss @ Dordt
2015-16: 66-64 loss (Home)
2014-15: 61-53 Win (Home)
2014-15: 73-58 Win @ Dordt
Earlier This Season...Darbi Gustafson scored a game-high 22 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in leading Northwestern to a 79-63 home win over Dordt on Nov. 30. Paige Danner netted 17 and both Renee Maneman and Haley Birks both scored 15, giving the Red Raiders four players in double figures.
Dordt held a slight lead early (7-5) but Northwestern went ahead for good with a 10-2 run,capped by two free throws by Gustafson with 3:20 left in the first quarter. The Red Raiders extended their lead to 11 (22-11) after a jumper by Maneman and led 22-13 by the time the quarter ended.
The teams played even in the second quarter as the Northwestern lead ranged from 6-13 points, ending with a 44-34 halftime score.
Consecutive baskets by Maneman capped a 10-3 Northwestern run to give the hosts its largest lead, 56-41, midway in the third quarter. The Red Raiders maintained their double-digit lead for the final 13 minutes as Dordt never got closer than 11.
By the Numbers...
Northwestern shot 48% for the game, 29% (2-for-7) from the 3pt line; Dordt went 45% from the field, 24% (4-for-17) from the 3pt line
Red Raiders held a 39-27 edge on the boards, including 14 on the offensive glass.
Dordt was led by Kim Kroeze with 18 points, going 7-for-11 from the field; Kroeze was the only Defenders' player in double figures
Dordt College Defenders: 1-12 (10th), 9-14 Head Coach: Katie DeWitt-Severson (2nd year)
The Defenders earned their first GPAC win last time out, defeating Midland 78-58 last Saturday, Jan. 21 in Fremont, Neb. The win was Dordt's first since its 64-40 home victory over Viterbo over Christmas break, ending a six-game losing skid. They are in 10th place in the current standings, 3.5 games in back of ninth place Doane and a half game ahead of College of Saint Mary.
Dordt returns one starter and seven players from a 2015-16 squad that tied Midland for 10th place in the GPAC with a 5-17 record, 9-20 overall. The Defenders were picked 10th in the GPAC preseason poll.
By the Numbers:
PPG-62.8 (11th in GPAC)
Opp PPG-69 (8th in GPAC)
FG %-39% (T10th)
Opp FG%-41% (9th)
3pt %-31% (T8th)
Reb. Margin +4 (7th)
Kim Kroeze-returning starter, 9.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 56 assists
Shae Pollema-7.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 13 blocks
Kenzie Bousema-7.7ppg, 48% FG
Paige Engbers-7.7ppg, 50 3pters, 36% 3pt
Jamie Gesink-7.6ppg, 4.7rpg
No.22 Northwestern College: 8-6 (5th), 16-6 Head Coach-Chris Yaw (6th year)
Since losing back-to-back GPAC games to Hastings and Concordia in December, Northwestern has won eight of its last nine games and brings a four-game win streak into Wednesday night. The Red Raiders have defeated Mount Marty, College of Saint Mary, Briar Cliff and No.7 Hastings during their streak. They moved up to 22nd in the latest coaches' poll and are 8-6 in the GPAC, 16-6 overall.
By the Numbers:
PPG-77.8 (3rd in GPAC)
Opp PPG-67 (7th in GPAC)
FG %-46% (1st in GPAC/5th in NAIA)
Opp FG%-39% (4th)
3pt %-33% (T3rd)
Reb. Margin +7 (2nd)
Kassidy De Jong-20.8ppg (1st in GPAC, 6th in NAIA), 7.9rpg
Haley Birks-14.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 30 blocks (1st in GPAC)
Darbi Gustafson-12.8ppg, 8.8rpg (2nd in GPAC), 8 double-doubles
Anna Kiel-11.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 61% FG
Paige Danner-10.2ppg, 31 3pters
Renee Maneman-8.9ppg, 170 assists (1st in NAIA)
De Jong moved into a tie for 34th place all-time in career scoring with 908 points; she ties Heather Grafing (1999-2003); She has five double-doubles this season
Maneman ranks sixth all-time at NWC with 440 assists; has five games this season of 10+ assists, nine for her career
Gustafson leads the GPAC with eight double-doubles; had her 13-game streak of 10+ points snapped last Saturday vs Hastings
Birks is tied for 13th all-time with 51 blocked shots, one shy of tying for 11th place with Deb Remmerde-Leusink and Jen Taylor (52)
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