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Monmouth trips Central women’s basketball team

Women's basketball | Jan. 2, 2013

MONMOUTH, ILL.—After winning four straight games, the Central College women’s basketball team couldn’t keep pace with Monmouth College (Ill.), falling 81-48 Wednesday.

Guard Rachel Evans (sophomore, Fort Dodge) had a team-high 10 points and guard Alyssa Henrich (freshman, Newell, Newell-Fonda HS) notched eight points off the bench. Forward Hilary Beaird (junior, Burlington) collected six rebounds.

The Fighting Scots, who are receiving votes in the top 25 poll, raced to a 19-6 lead with 10:07 left in the first half and carried a 47-27 advantage into intermission. Evans knocked down a pair of free throws to open the second half as Central stitched together a six-point run.

“Rachel hit some shots and did a good job of using the dribble drive to get to the free-throw line,” coach Mike Jacobsma said.  

But Monmouth stymied a Dutch comeback quickly, running off 12 unanswered points to go up 72-34 at the 10:08 mark. .

Central (7-4) shot 31.5 percent for the game and just 8.7 percent from behind the arc while committing 28 turnovers. Monmouth held a 41-35 rebounding advantage while shooting 52.7 percent from the field, including 60 percent in the first half. The Fighting Scots (11-1) placed five in double digits.

“As a team we have to shoot the ball better than we did tonight,” Jacobsma said. “We’ll regroup and get after it the next two days in practice and be ready to play at Coe.”

The Dutch open Iowa Conference play Saturday with a women’s-men’s doubleheader against Coe College at Cedar Rapids. The women’s game is set to begin at 2 p.m. with the men tipping off at approximately 4 p.m. Coe, last year’s league tournament champion, is 7-4.

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