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Simpson pulls away from Central women’s basketball squad

Women's basketball | Jan. 16, 2012

INDIANOLA—Simpson College held a slim two-point lead at halftime but pulled away with a 54-point second half for a 94-71 victory over the Central College women’s basketball team Monday.

Central was clicking on all cylinders in the opening 20 minutes and used a 6-0 run at the 14-minute mark to go up 15-9 and an 8-2 burst around 10 minutes for a 25-16 lead. But Simpson regrouped, ending the half with six straight points and a 40-38 advantage.

“We got off to a great start,” coach Mike Jacobsma said. “We attacked the press, got good looks, finished in transition and had a balanced attack.”

The Storm, shooting 65.5 percent from the floor in the second half, silenced Central with a 10-0 run at 17:05 to widen the margin to 54-42. Simpson maintained a double-digit lead the remainder of the game.

“There was a two-minute stretch at the beginning of the second half where we just didn’t finish shots,” Jacobsma said. “We missed about 10 layups and had a couple turnovers and Simpson just capitalized.”

Central won the rebound battle 47-41 and had 26 offensive boards. Simpson outshot the Dutch for the game, 53.4 percent to 32.9.

“Defensively, we can’t give up 94 points in the Iowa Conference,” Jacobsma said. “When we’re down we’re going to press and we’ll give up a few shots but we have to create more opportunities.”

Guard Sarah Paulson (senior, Ottumwa) notched her third season double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds, scoring 11 in the first half. Guard Alyssa Schwartz (junior, Titonka, WCLT HS) added nine points while AJ Baker (forward, senior, Grinnell), Bry Pierce (center, freshman, St. Clair, Mo.) and Kalli Richardson (guard, freshman, Blairsburg, Northeast Hamilton HS) each had eight. Baker also added four steals.

Jacobsma highlighted guard Rachel Evans (freshman, Fort Dodge).

“I thought Evans really played her tail off tonight,” Jacobsma said. “She was flying around, grabbing loose balls and was just a fun player to watch.”

Central falls to 5-11 overall and 0-7 in the league while Simpson improves to 12-4 overall and 5-2 in the league.

The Dutch return home Wednesday for a women’s-men’s doubleheader against Luther College. The Norse sport a 4-12 overall mark with a 1-6 league record after a 75-61 loss to Dubuque Monday. The women’s game tips off at 6 p.m. at P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium.

“We need to get to the point where we’re playing with confidence for 40 minutes,” Jacobsma said. “Then good things will happen to us.”

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