1993 NCAA Div. III champions
WAVERLY—Wartburg College shot 60 percent from the floor as the Central College women’s basketball team suffered a 77-57 Iowa Conference setback Wednesday night.
Wartburg (10-3 overall, 3-1 conference) hit 69.2 percent in the first half, including 66.7 percent from long range. Forward Maddie Sadecky fueled the Knights behind the arc, going 5-for-5 in the opening period.
“Wartburg really executed from the offensive end in the first half,” coach Mike Jacobsma said. “We lost their shooter.”
Down 43-21 at the break, Central outscored the Knights in the second half, 36-34, and hit 46.7 percent from long range. The Dutch shot 32.7 from the floor overall and had four players reach double digits.
“We had a no-quit attitude in the second half and I was happy with the way we played that half,” Jacobsma said. “You just can’t dig yourself into such a big a hole against a good team.”
Sarah Paulson (guard, senior, Ottumwa), Alyssa Schwartz (guard, junior, Titonka, WCLT HS), AJ Baker (forward, senior, Grinnell) and Kelsey Schuring (forward, senior, Pella) each had 11 points. Schuring was 3-for-4 behind the arc and Schwartz was 3-for-6. Paulson and Nicole Strasko (forward, junior, Roland, Roland-Story HS) had seven rebounds apiece.
“Kelsey broke out of her shooting slump tonight,” Jacobsma said. “She’s been due for quite some time. She and Alyssa both shot the ball well from behind the 3-point line.”
Central outrebounded the Knights 33-31 and forced 28 Wartburg turnovers, but committed 24 of its own.
“Turnovers really hurt us in the first half,” Jacobsma said. “We only had eight in the second half and we had a lot more shot attempts. One of these games we’ll put a full 40 minutes together and capitalize on taking care of the ball.”
The Dutch are home Saturday for a women’s-men’s doubleheader against Crown College (Minn.) starting at 2 p.m. at P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium. Crown is 1-5 overall.
“That game will be about us and what we do offensively and defensively to put ourselves in a position to succeed each half,” Jacobsma said. “We need to go in with the mentality we’re down 10 because that’s when we player harder and more aggressive.”
Both Saturday contests will be broadcast on KRLS-FM (92.1) with live stats and a video webcast accessible at www.central.edu/athletics.