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Central 3-pointers can't topple Dubuque

Women's basketball | Feb. 3, 2010

Katie McKim DUBUQUE—Central College warmed up from long range in the second half but the Univ. of Dubuque had three players combine for 60 points in outdistancing the Dutch women’s basketball team 82-61 Wednesday.

After hitting just 1-of-11 from beyond the 3-point arc in the first half, Central (2-19 overall, 1-11 Iowa Conference) knocked down 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) in the second half. The Dutch trailed 35-25 at intermission and clawed to within 38-34 on a 3-pointer by forward Katie McKim (junior, Creston), only to have Dubuque (12-8 overall, 6-5 conference) reel off 12 unanswered points. Central was no closer than eight the rest of the way.

McKim was the only Central player to crack double figures, scoring 11 with seven rebounds. Guard/forward Kelsey Schuring (sophomore, Pella) had a game-high eight rebounds. Central shot 35 percent for the night to Dubuque’s 45.1 percent but outrebounded the Spartans, 44-39.

Dubuque guard Krystal Parr had 22 points, Mollie Whiting had 21 and Jennifer Nichols scored 17.

“At times we played well,” coach Jerry Nikkel said. “But three players were really a handful for us. Whiting drove hard with the left hand, Nichols is always tough to defend when she drives or posts up and Barr had a really good game shooting 3’s.

“Katie McKim played pretty well for us and I thought (forward) Nicole Strasko (freshman, Roland, Roland-Story HS) had a fairly good game again. Our younger kids are doing a good job and are continuing to improve and get better.”

Central seeks to rebound Saturday at Decorah against Luther College in a 2 p.m. game that’s part of a women’s-men’s doubleheader, with the men’s game starting at 4 p.m. Luther outscored the Dutch 81-68 at Pella Jan. 16. The Norse are 7-13 overall and 2-9 in the conference after bowing to Simpson 74-58 Wednesday. Saturday’s games will be broadcast on KRLS-FM (92.1) and can be heard through the Central athletics Web site at www.central.edu/athletics.

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