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Slow-starting Central stumbles

Women's basketball | Nov. 28, 2009

Kelsey SchuringPLATTEVILLE, WIS.—A disastrous start settled the outcome early as the Central College women’s basketball team suffered through an 85-56 defeat at Wis.-Platteville Saturday.

Wis.-Platteville (4-1) jumped to a 15-0 lead as Central misfired on its first 13 shots before a Kelsey Schuring (sophomore, Pella) bucket got the Dutch on the board with 13:16 left in the first half.

“We got behind due to missed layups, shots from point-blank range and turnovers,” coach Jerry Nikkel said. “We never got ourselves established after that. In the second half we came out and played a little better but the game was never really in doubt.”

Freshman forward Alyssa Schwartz (Titonka, WCLT HS) had a game-high 18 points and seven rebounds for Central. Schuring had 13 points and guard-forward Sarah Paulson (sophomore, Ottumwa) had seven points with a career-high 12 rebounds and five assists. The Dutch did hold a 29-20 first-half rebounding advantage but were outboarded 45-42 for the game.

Central (1-4) shot just 23.1 percent in the first half and 30.3 percent for the game. Wis.-Platteville shot 41.3 percent.

“We were just slow on everything we tried to do,” Nikkel said. “It’s disappointing when you work so hard for six weeks and play like this in your last game before the start of the conference schedule.”

It won’t be an easy kickoff to the league slate. Central plays host to No. 19-ranked Simpson College Wednesday. Simpson is rated No. 15 by D3hoops.com. The contest is part of a women’s-men’s doubleheader at P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium, starting at 6 p.m. with the men’s game tipping at 8 p.m. Simpson took a 3-0 record into a Saturday game with Wis.-Whitewater. Live stats and a video Webcast will be available Wednesday for both games through the Central athletics Web site at www.central.edu/athletics.                                       

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