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47-point second half powers Dubuque

Women's basketball | Dec. 6, 2008

Andrea Clark PELLA—The Univ. of Dubuque unleashed a 3-point shooting barrage at the start of a 47-point second half en route to a 70-51 Iowa Conference win over the Central College women’s basketball team.  

Down 24-23 at intermission, Dubuque (3-4 overall, 1-1 conference) hit four straight 3-pointers to open the second half for a 35-24 lead. Central (3-5 overall, 0-2 conference) never got closer than nine points the rest of the way. Dubuque hit 13-of-28 from 3-point range (46.4 percent) for the game.

Central shot a frigid 20 percent from the floor (13-65) and was 4-of-23 from 3-point range but sank 21 of 22 free throws.

The Dutch got off to a rocky start, missing their first five shots and falling behind 12-4 in the first 4:20. But after trailing 23-14 with less than 4 minutes remaining in the half, Central reeled off 10 unanswered points for a 24-23 halftime lead. It was a remarkable comeback given that the Dutch shot a frigid 13.8 percent from the floor, connecting on just four of 29 shots. But Central knocked down 15 of 16 free throws, including six by center Andrea Clark (sophomore, Guthrie Center).

Clark had 14 points and nine rebounds while guard Sarah Paulson (freshman, Ottumwa) had 10 points. Forward Emily De Jong (senior, Ankeny) had a game-high 10 rebounds. Central was outrebounded 49-43.

Central, which opened the year with seven straight road games, remains at home for the rest of December. The five-game homestand continues with a non-conference game against Grand View Univ. Friday at 5:30 p.m. at P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium. The Central men follow with a 7:30 p.m. contest against Martin Luther College (Minn.) at 7:30 p.m. Video Webcasts and live stats for both games will be available on the Central athletics Web site at www.central.edu/athletics.


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