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Coe holds off Central 76-60

Women's basketball | Jan. 24, 2009

Jordan WaddellCEDAR RAPIDS—The location changed but a week later the result was the same as the Central College women’s basketball team was stymied by Coe College for the second time in eight days, 76-60.

Dutch guard Laura Porter (senior, Monroe, PCM HS) pumped in a game-high 20 points but Coe strengthened its hold on a potential berth in the six-team Iowa Conference tournament at 5-4. The Kohawks are 11-7 overall. Central (6-12 overall, 2-7 conference), finds itself two games out of sixth place.

However coach Jerry Nikkel said Central’s performance was significantly better than it was in Pella last week when Coe rolled to a 90-66 victory.

“We played a lot harder,” Nikkel said. “We have some stretches offensively where we don’t accomplish anything. We’re not quite there yet. But we played the style we wanted to play. We were aggressive and physical.”

The undersized Dutch got hurt inside as Coe’s three post players combined for 46 points, led by Brittany Norris, who scored 18 and had a game-high nine rebounds.

The game was tight throughout the first half with Central holding its final lead, 24-23, with 6:50 left. Coe was up 37-32 at the break. The Kohawks stretched their lead to 49-37 early in the second half before Central battled back to within 49-46 with 13:03 remaining. But Coe went on a 12-0 run to take command.

“In the second half we didn’t board that well,” Nikkel said. “They owned the boards on us.”

Coe held an 18-14 rebounding edge at halfitme but outboarded Central 24-6 the rest of the way.

Porter knocked down nine of 15 shots and also had five assists and two blocks with just two turnovers. She’s topped the 900-point mark for her career, reaching 921 with seven regular-season games remaining.

“Laura shot the ball well,” Nikkel said. “She got us off to a good start.”

Guard Jordan Waddell (sophomore, Guthrie Center) was hot from the perimeter for the second straight game. She hit four of five shots, including three 3-pointers, and scored 14 points.

“Jordan had a good shooting game again,” Nikkel said. “She continues to get better and better. When she’s hitting shots, that’s a plus, because her defense has been very good.”

Center Andrea Clark (sophomore, Guthrie Center) added 10 points while Pella freshman Haley Brillhart had a team-high five rebounds.

After playing four games in eight days, Central doesn’t return to action until next Saturday when the Dutch play host to Buena Vista Univ. in a women’s-men’s doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. at P.H. Kuyper Gym.  Central surprised BV 82-78 at Storm Lake Jan. 10. The games will be broadcast on KRLS-FM (92.1) with a video Webcast and live stats available at www.central.edu/athletics.

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