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No. 4 Washington overpowers Central

Women's basketball | Nov. 21, 2008

Andrea ClarkST. LOUIS, MO.—No. 4-rated Washington-St. Louis Univ. (Mo.) opened up a 21-point halftime lead after trailing early and overwhelmed the Central College women’s basketball team 90-48 Friday night.

The contest was part of the Washington-St. Louis Invitational. Central is the only team in the field absent from the NCAA Division III rankings. The Dutch will next have to tackle No. 5 DePauw Univ. (Ind.) at 2 p.m. Saturday. DePauw was a 77-76 loser in Friday’s first game to No. 12 Illinois Wesleyan.

Central grabbed a brief 9-8 lead on a layup by center Andrea Clark (sophomore, Guthrie Center) with 15:58 left in the first half but Washington-St. Louis quickly responded with 5 unanswered points and never trailed again. The Bears were up 46-25 at intermission.

Washington-St. Louis (2-0) hit 50 percent from the field and outrebounded Central 50-33. The Dutch (1-1) shot just 31.7 percent and committed 21 turnovers. Central could connect on only 2 of 13 shots from 3-point range.

Guard Laura Porter (senior, Monroe, PCM HS) had 16 points and four rebounds for Central. Freshman guard Sarah Paulson (Ottumwa) had 12 points along with three steals and a block while Clark had six points and nine rebounds.


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