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Central falls in 3rd-place game in Texas

Women's basketball | Dec. 29, 2009

AJ BakerGEORGETOWN, TEXAS—The effort was better but the result the same for the Central College women’s basketball team Tuesday, suffering an 86-69 defeat against sharpshooting Pitt-Greensburg (Pa.) in the third-place game of the Southwestern (Texas) Inv.

Pitt-Greensburg (5-5) placed five players in double figures and hit 50.9 percent from the floor, including a sizzling 63.6 percent in the second half. Central (2-11) connected on 39.4 percent and was outrebounded 40-38.

But the Dutch got a career-first double-double from forward AJ Baker (sophomore, Grinnell), with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Central also had some encouraging contributions from its bench. Forward Aimee Delpierre (sophomore, Chariton) continued her recent surge with 15 points in 21 minutes of action while guard Jordan Waddell (junior, Guthrie Center) added 10 points with two assists and two steals. Waddell had started the previous five games.

“Jordan played much better coming off the bench,” coach Jerry Nikkel said.

Nikkel gave senior guard Ashley Feldman (Alleman, North Polk HS) her first start and she delivered nine points on 4-of-5 shooting.

“We started Ashley and she responded very well,” Nikkel said. “She brought so much energy defensively. I thought Cory Bacon (sophomore, Garwin, GMG HS) also brought a lot of energy.

“We did a lot of things better than we did last night and had more intensity. Overall, we did a pretty nice job. We’re starting to get there, more and more.”

Still, Central’s injury woes persist. Forward Alyssa Schwartz (freshman, Titonka, WCLT HS) played less than a minute before reinjuring her foot and had to leave the game.

The Dutch return to Iowa Conference play next Wednesday, Jan. 6, playing host to the Univ. of Dubuque in a women’s-men’s doubleheader tipping off at 6 p.m. at P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium. The Spartans are 1-2 in the league and carry a 6-4 overall record into the Wis.-La Crosse Inv. Wednesday.

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