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Loras outdistances Central women’s basketball squad

Women's basketball | Jan. 19, 2013

DUBUQUE—Loras College used a hot-shooting first half to roll up a 65-49 Iowa Conference victory over the Central College women’s basketball team Saturday.

The Duhawks (13-3 overall, 3-2 conference) drained 12 of 22 first-half shots for 54.5 percent and sprinted to a 26-11 lead at the 8:56 mark. Central (8-8 overall, 1-4 conference) clawed back within eight but went into the break trailing 32-22.

“Defensively we played a zone and Loras, give them credit, shot the ball really well and knocked down the open shots,” coach Mike Jacobsma said.

Loras led by as many as 24 points in the second half before the Dutch made an 8-0 and cut the margin to 11 with just under five minutes left. But Central was forced to foul and Loras hit 7-of-8 free throws to preserve the win.

“We fought back in the second half but had to foul and put them on the line,” Jacobsma said. “We’ve got to stop digging ourselves in a hole and play better team basketball on both ends of the floor.”  

Central guard Kalli Richardson (sophomore, Blairsburg, Northeast Hamilton HS) matched her career-best with a game-high 17 points, hitting 5-of-8 from the floor. Center Bry Pierce (sophomore, St. Clair, Mo.) had 10 points and four rebounds while guard Rachel Evans (sophomore, Fort Dodge) had seven points and a team-best six rebounds.

“Kalli broke out of her shooting slump today,” Jacobsma said. “We just need to have the entire team on the same page.”

Loras shot 47.7 percent for the game while Central hit 34.1 percent. The Duhawks committed 25 turnovers but won the rebound battle 38-23.

The road doesn’t get any easier for the Dutch, who play three games over the next seven days, beginning with Buena Vista University Monday at P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium in Pella. The Beavers (7-9 overall, 0-5 conference) fell to Wartburg College Saturday, 74-59. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.

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