Shea Rasmussen hit four 3-pointers and scored a team-high 16 points, but it was too little as Dordt College handed Nebraska Wesleyan their fifth straight loss with a 80-51 victory in Great Plains Athletic Conference women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 13) in Sioux Center, Iowa.
McKinzie Schmidt and Julie DeKoekkoek combined to score 42 points as the Defenders were too much on the inside for the Prairie Wolves. Dordt dominated the offensive glass as they outrebounded NWU, 44-30, with 17 offensive rebounds.
NWU (7-16, 4-12 GPAC) trailed by 14 at halftime, 42-28, as they committed 12 first half turnovers. They did have the lead down to five points at 27-22 with 4:20 before half, but Dordt went on a 15-6 run to end the half.
In the second half, NWU shot only 34.6 percent from the field while Dordt was red hot hitting 57.1 percent from the floor. NWU never pulled within single digits in the second half.
Rasmussen was a bright spot for NWU going 4-7 from 3-point range and 6-12 from the field for her 16 points. She was the lone player to reach double figures for the Prairie Wolves. Katy Golden had eight points and pulled down double figures in rebounds for the second straight game with 13.
NWU played without starting center Sadie Struebing who missed the game without injury.
For Dordt (16-12, 8-8) Schmidt scored 22 points with seven rebounds while GPAC Player of the Week DeKoekkoek had 20 points on 8-11 shooting. Amber Soodsma added 13 with Kate Du Mez scoring 12.
Nebraska Wesleyan now heads into their final week of action for the 2009-10 season. The Prairie Wolves travel to Concordia on Wednesday, then host Morningside on Feb. 20 in the season finale in Lincoln.