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Sharp-shooting Central holds off Augustana

Women's basketball | Dec. 10, 2011

ROCK ISLAND, ILL..—Central College turned in a sizzling offensive performance and curbed a late comeback attempt from Augustana (Ill.) College to roll up an 84-76 women’s basketball victory over the Vikings Saturday.

The Dutch shot a season-best 51 percent from the floor, including 62.5 percent in the second half, and hit 46.2 percent from long range. Although Augustana (6-3) outshot Central at 52.7 percent for the game, the Dutch won the rebound battle, 34-20, and limited the Vikings to five offensive boards.

“Our players did a great job executing the offensive sets and getting to the rim,” coach Mike Jacobsma said. “And we owned the glass, especially in the second half.”

Central battled back from an early 9-0 first-half deficit and was within one, 34-33, at the break. The Dutch made a 15-5 run at the nine-minute mark in the second half to take an 11-point lead, 72-61, but the Vikings cut the margin to three with 1:32 remaining. Central sunk 11 straight free throws, shooting 92.9 percent from the line, to secure the win.

“We did a good job switching defenses at the end and contesting the shot and recovering rebounds,” Jacobsma said. “And we did well making shots at the free-throw line.”

Guard Sarah Paulson (senior, Ottumwa) made six free throws in the last 70 seconds and led the Dutch with 23 points, shooting 58.3 percent. Guard Alyssa Schwartz (junior, Titonka, WCLT HS) had 21 points and seven rebounds and forward AJ Baker (senior, Grinnell) had 12 points, 10 in the first half, and six rebounds.

Jacobsma also recognized guard Hilary Beaird (sophomore, Burlington). She had six points, going 3-for-3, and had three rebounds.

“Hilary was phenomenal tonight,” he said. “She made her shots, passed well and defended. She did everything we asked her to.”

A total team effort was key to the squad’s success.

“We had some foul trouble but we picked each other up in the first half,” Jacobsma said. “Our emphasis for the game was to give more, give more to the program and to each other, and the players did that tonight.”

The Dutch, snapping a three game losing streak, improve to 4-4 overall. Central takes a break for final fall semester exams before meeting AIB next Saturday at 2 p.m. in Des Moines.                         



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