1993 NCAA Div. III champions
INDIANOLA—Freshman forward Nicole Strasko (Roland, Roland-Story HS) posted her second consecutive double-double but the Central College women’s basketball team was doomed by turnovers again in a 93-60 loss to Iowa Conference leader Simpson College Saturday.
Strasko came off the bench and to provide 11 points and 10 boards for the Dutch. Guard/forward Kelsey Schuring (sophomore, Pella) had 13 points and six rebounds while guard Jordan Waddell (junior, Guthrie Center) had 12 points, five rebounds and three steals.
“Nicole’s the kind of player who thrives on physical play like it was today,” coach Jerry Nikkel said. “She’s a strong player and takes it hard to the basket. You make things happen when you attack the basket with the ball. She’s continuing to grow in her understanding of the college game. It’s a big step from high school.”
Central committed 37 turnovers, three shy of the school’s all-time high as Simpson (15-3 overall, 8-1 conference) raced to a 44-27 halftime lead. The Dutch (2-16 overall, 1-8 conference) shot just 25.9 percent in the first half and 30.9 percent for the game.
Central did outrebound Simpson 44-43 and made 10 steals.
“We had way too many turnovers,” Nikkel said. “That really hurts. There were times that we handled the press pretty well, but then we’d get in the half-court setting and couldn’t get the ball into the post.”
Yet Nikkel found reason to be encouraged about his young club.
“The energy was there the entire game,” he said. “They never let up. They continued to play hard. And when the game got physical, they didn’t back off.”
Central is home Wednesday for a league doubleheader with Buena Vista Univ. The women’s game starts at 6 p.m. at P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium, with the men’s game at 8 p.m. Live stats and video Webcasts of both games will be available through www.central.edu/athletics.
Buena Vista was topped on its home court Saturday by Wartburg, 83-71, dropping the Beavers to 10-8 overall and 4-5 in the league. In the teams’ first meeting at Storm Lake Dec. 9, Buena Vista was a 99-60 runaway winner.