1993 NCAA Div. III champions
ST. LOUIS, MO.—After a tight first half, No. 5-ranked DePauw Univ. (Ind.) pulled away for a 75-57 victory over the Central College women’s basketball team Saturday.
Competing in the third-place game of the Washington-St. Louis (Mo.) Tip-Off Tournament, Central (1-2) was up 17-15 with 12 minutes left in the first half. After DePauw (1-1) grabbed a nine-point lead, Central used a 7-0 run to pull within 31-29. DePauw was up 38-33 at intermission but outscored Central 17-5 to start the second half and was not threatened the rest of the way.
Coach Jerry Nikkel said it was a much better showing than Central’s 90-48 loss to No. 4 Washington-St. Louis Univ. (Mo.) Friday night.
“We were much more aggressive,” he said. “We got after it really well.”
Guard Laura Porter (senior, Monroe, PCM HS) again topped Central’s scoring charts with 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting. She also had five rebounds and four assists in another strong showing after a year’s absence from the lineup.
“Laura’s been on her game,” Nikkel said. “She just finds a way to get it done. She’s been leading us. We’ve just got to get some help for her out there.”
Freshman guard Sarah Paulson (Ottumwa) came off the bench to score 12 points while center Andrea Clark (sophomore, Guthrie Center) had nine points and eight rebounds. Forward Emily De Jong (senior, Ankeny) had five points and six boards.
Central outrebounded DePauw 43-41 and held a slight edge in shooting, hitting 40.0 percent to 39.7 percent for the Tigers. But the Dutch committed a season-high 27 turnovers as DePauw came up with 17 steals.
“The first 5 minutes of the second half was the real killer for us,” Nikkel said. “Then we had a real hill to climb. We had way too many turnovers and a lot of them were unforced.”
DePauw’s Katie Aldrich had 20 points, three steals and six rebounds.
“It was still a great tournament,” Nikkel said. “It was great to be out there with three nationally ranked teams and see where we’re at. I think we learned a lot.”
Central, which plays its first seven games of the season on the road, travels to Fayette Tuesday for a 6 p.m. game with Division II Upper Iowa Univ. The former Iowa Conference rivals last met in 2003. Central leads the all-time series 31-12.