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Turnovers doom Central women’s basketball team

Women's basketball | Nov. 29, 2012

OSKALOOSA—Three players reached double digits and the Dutch dominated the glass, but the Central College women’s basketball team struggled to handle William Penn University’s defense, falling 83-65 Thursday.

Guard Alyssa Schwartz (senior, Titonka, WCLT HS) had a team-high 15 points and eight rebounds. Forward Nicole Strasko (senior, Roland, Roland-Story HS) and guard Kalli Richardson (sophomore, Blairsburg, Northeast Hamilton HS) each notched 12 points and forward Hilary Beaird (junior, Burlington) collected seven rebounds.

Central (3-2) shot a fiery 54.2 percent from the floor in the first half but trailed 39-34 at intermission. The Dutch took a 43-42 lead at the 16:24 mark before William Penn (5-4) went on a 15-3 run to take command, 57-46. Central narrowed the gap to six points with 5:35 remaining but it was too late as the Statesmen held on with an 8-2 burst.

The Dutch won the rebound battle 45-27 and shot 47.9 percent from the floor for the game. William Penn shot 43.2 percent, including 36.4 percent from long range, and scored 32 points off 34 Central turnovers.

“Turnovers killed us tonight,” coach Mike Jacobsma said. “Give William Penn credit. They got after us in the half court and we weren’t able to execute what we wanted to do.

“We still shot well and outrebounded them by quite a bit but when you turn over the ball that many times it’s tough to win.”

The Dutch continue non-Iowa Conference action Saturday, taking on Waldorf College (6-4) in a 1 p.m. contest at P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium.

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