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Big second half carries Southwestern in Texas

Women's basketball | Dec. 28, 2009

Haley BrillhartGEORGETOWN, TEXAS—After taking the halftime lead, the Central College women’s basketball team couldn’t close the deal as Southwestern Univ. (Texas) ran away with the opener of its holiday tournament, 82-62 Monday night.  

That sends Central (2-9) into Tuesday’s third-place game at 5 p.m. against Pitt-Greensburg (Pa.), a 79-70 loser Monday’s against Hardin-Simmons (Texas).

The Dutch were up by as many as seven points in the first half against Southwestern and led 39-37 at intermission. But Southwestern (4-5) opened the second half with a 13-1 flurry and never led by fewer than eight points the rest of the way, outscoring Central 45-23 for the half. Central connected on just 25 percent of its shots from the floor in the second half after hitting 42.4 percent in the opening period and shot 34.4 percent for the night. Southwestern shot 47.7 percent. The Dutch knocked down only 1-of-9 3-point tries.

“We had a real nice first half but in the second half, we couldn’t stop them,” coach Jerry Nikkel said. “They got the momentum and we didn’t do anything to change it, either offensively or defensively.”

Two of Central’s injured players—guard-forward Alyssa Schwartz (freshman, Titonka, WCLT HS) and forward Haley Brillhart (sophomore, Pella)--returned to action. Brillhart appeared for the first time since Dec. 5 and had 17 points, sharing team-high honors with guard/forward Kelsey Schuring (sophomore, Pella). Schuring also had a team-best seven rebounds. Forward AJ Baker (sophomore, Grinnell) added 10 points as did forward Aimee Delpierre (sophomore, Chariton). It was just the second time in 11 games that Central has placed four players in double figures.

“We got decent games out of Haley Brillhart and Kelsey Schuring,” Nikkel said. “I felt both did a really nice job for us. And Aimee Delpierre played quite well for us off the bench again.”

Central outrebounded Southwestern 43-38, but committed 25 turnovers.


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