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Cold-shooting Central stumbles at Coe

Women's basketball | Feb. 17, 2010

Nicole Strasko CEDAR RAPIDS—Coe College continued to make a run towards its first Iowa Conference women’s basketball title, overwhelming Central College 90-46 Wednesday.

Central’s shooting touch deserted the Dutch as they hit a chilly 28.1 percent from the floor, connecting on 16-of-57 shots, including just 2-of-16 from 3-point range.

Central (2-22 overall, 1-14 conference) was within 20-17with 10:30 left in the opening half but was outscored by the Kohawks 26-7 the rest of the period and trailed 46-24.

“We were right there but the rest of the half, we just did not get anything accomplished,” coach Jerry Nikkel said.

Steadily improving freshman forward Nicole Strasko (Roland, Roland-Story HS) had 16 points while forward AJ Baker (sophomore, Grinnell) added 10 points with five rebounds and three blocks.

“Nicole had a nice ballgame for us,” Nikkel said. “She really took the ball to the basket. I would have liked to see her hit a few more free throws (8-14), but she played hard inside. She’s outsized in there but she’s learning how to handle that.

“And I thought AJ had a pretty nice ballgame, too.”

The Dutch struggled inside and were outrebounded 57-31.

Coe, 17-7 overall, is 12-3 in the league and tied with Simpson for the top spot with one conference game remaining.

Central wraps up its season Saturday, meeting Cornell College in a women’s-men’s doubleheader at P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium, with the women’s game starting at 2 p.m. and the men’s game at 4 p.m. Video Webcasts and live stats for both games will be available through the Central athletics Web site at www.central.edu/athletics. It will be Senior Day for the Dutch men and women and it’s also Think Pink Day as Central joins the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association in its drive for breast cancer awareness.

Cornell is 7-17 overall and 2-13 in the league after getting nipped at Luther Wednesday, 58-56. The Rams edged Central 65-62 at Mount Vernon Jan. 13.

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