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Loras defense curbs Central women’s basketball team

Women's basketball | Jan. 11, 2012

PELLA — The Central College women’s basketball squad couldn’t better the Loras College defensive effort, amassing a mere 25.5 shooting percentage as the Duhawks toppled the Dutch 56-45 in Iowa Conference play Wednesday.

The Dutch had an auspicious 11-4 run at the 18-minute mark to jump out to the early lead. With Central holding a 13-6 advantage, the Duhawks redoubled their defensive effort and held the Dutch scoreless for 11 minutes at the 12-minute mark, racking up 18 points of their own in the process. Central went into the locker room down 26-15.

“We’ve got to take care of the basketball,” said coach Mike Jacobsma. “We had 23 turnovers. There were some plays that we ran where we just didn’t get catches. You’ve got to be able to get catch the ball to establish your offense and execute. We just didn’t take care of it well enough.”

Guard Sarah Paulson (senior, Ottumwa) put the Dutch on her back to start the second half. The senior reeled off 11 of her team-high 13 points in first nine minutes of the period, helping the Dutch make it a two-point game, 44-42, at the five-minute mark. Jacobsma credited his own defense for creating the opportunity.

“We played well defensively tonight too,” said Jacobsma. “We held them to 1-6 from the beyond the 3-point line, which we’re happy with.”

Five trips to the charity stripe in the last five minutes helped Loras (8-6, 3-2 conference) claw its way back to a more comfortable lead and the Duhawks kept Central (5-9, 0-5 conference) from realizing the comeback.

Guard Alyssa Schwartz (junior, Titonka, WCLT HS) followed Paulson with 10 points on the night and junior forward Nicole Strasko (Roland, Roland-Story HS) added 6 rebounds to lead the Dutch. Paulson and forward AJ Baker (senior, Grinnell) added 5 more boards each.

The Dutch travel to The University of Dubuque Saturday, where they will meet the Spartans for a 2 p.m. tipoff. Dubuque is 5-9, 1-4 in conference play and beat Wartburg 49-43 Wednesday.  

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