1993 NCAA Div. III champions
MONMOUTH, ILL.—Forward Emily De Jong (senior, Ankeny) recorded a double-double as the Central College women’s basketball team played spoiler in the Monmouth College (Ill.) Thanksgiving Tournament Saturday night, handing the host school its first loss.
Guard Ashley Gerst (junior, Columbus Junction, Wapello HS) hit 8 of 12 shots for a game-high 22 points while De Jong had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Laura Porter (Monroe, PCM HS) nearly notched a double-double as well with 18 points and nine boards and freshman guard Sarah Paulson (Ottumwa) hit double figures for the fifth straight time with 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Central (2-3) advances to the tournament title game, taking on Robert Morris-Springfield (Ill.) (6-1) at 3 p.m. Robert Morris-Springfield routed Rockford College (Ill.) 79-59 in Saturday’s first game. Monmouth (3-1) meets Rockford at 1 p.m.
The Dutch (2-3) hit 54.3 percent from the field in racing to a 52-34 halftime lead. But Monmouth dominated the first 17 minutes of the second half and grabbed a 73-72 lead with 2:58 left. The lead was short-lived, however. A Megan Carman (senior, Newton) jumper with 2:12 left put Central back on top 74-73 and Paulson followed with a 3-point basket. Porter’s layup and free throw with 55 seconds remaining stretched Central’s lead to 80-73. Porter scored seven points in the final minute, hitting five straight free throws.
Coach Jerry Nikkel also cited sophomore guard Jordan Waddell (Guthrie Center).
“Jordan had two big steals when the game was on the line,” he said.
Waddell had seven points and three steals in 10 minutes of action.
Nikkel was expecting Monmouth’s second-half comeback.
“We were on fire in the first half,” he said. “You can’t keep that going all night. But we did a lot of good things tonight.”
Central shot 45.5 percent for the game to Monmouth’s 35.9 percent but was outrebounded 51-45. The Dutch hit 18 of 24 free throws, committing 17 turnovers but making nine steals.