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Central women’s basketball stumbles at Wartburg

Women's basketball | Jan. 9, 2013

WAVERLY—Wartburg College hit 51 percent from the floor as the Central College women’s basketball squad dropped its second Iowa Conference match-up 69-38 Wednesday.

Wartburg (9-4 overall, 12-0 conference) led 33-18 at the half. Central (7-6 overall, 0-2 conference) hit just 21.1 percent from the field in the opening half and finished at 19 percent for the game. The cold-shooting Dutch were never able to take the lead.

“We have to shoot better,” coach Mike Jacobsma. “We can’t shoot 19 percent in a college game and expect to come out with a win.”

Central outrebounded Wartburg 39-34, but 29 turnovers doomed the Dutch offense.

“Wartburg flat out outdefended us, they took care of the ball and they made more shots than us,” said Jacobsma. “They wanted it more.”

Guard Jessy Stika (junior, Cresco, Crestwood HS) tallied a team-high eight points while guard Rachel Evans (sophomore, Fort Dodge) had seven points. Evans also racked up five rebounds. Guard Kenzie Vander Molen (sophomore, Pella) scored six points.

“We got on the free throw line a lot and we had quite a few offensive rebounds,” Jacobsma said. “We had more layups, but we need to make them.”

The team takes on Luther College (9-4 overall, 1-1 conference) with a men and women’s doubleheader in a 2 p.m. contest at P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium.

“When we go into the Luther game we have to play basketball as a team and with pride,” Jacobsma said.

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