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Second-half drought costs Central women’s basketball squad

Women's basketball | Jan. 21, 2012

PELLA—After a tight first half, the Central College women’s basketball team endured a five-minute scoring drought and suffered a 60-45 Iowa Conference loss to the Univ. of Dubuque Saturday.

Dubuque (10-8 overall, 5-4 conference) held a 31-30 lead at the half and made a 10-0 run near the 16-minute mark to go up 43-34 with 11:24 remaining. The Spartans added a 6-0 run with 4:29 left to extend the margin to 17. Central (5-13 overall, 0-9 conference) shot an artic 14.3 percent from the floor after the break.

“We struggled to get open looks and when we did get them we weren’t knocking the shots down,” coach Mike Jacobsma said. “Credit Dubuque’s defense.”

Forward Kelsey Schuring (senior, Pella) led the Dutch offense with 10 points. Guard Cory Bacon (senior, Garwin, GMG HS) and forward Nicole Strasko (junior, Roland, Roland-Story HS) had six points each and Strasko had seven rebounds. Guard Sarah Paulson (senior, Ottumwa) collected five rebounds.

Central outrebounded the Spartans 40-27 and had 24 offensive boards. The Dutch reached the free-throw line 25 times but committed 29 turnovers.

“Our rebounding was a huge positive,” Jacobsma said. “That’s something we really wanted to emphasize today, to try and get back to where we were.”

Jacobsma was also encouraged by the defensive effort.

“Our entire team bought into the defensive system of pressing and falling back into the zone,” he said. “It’s the first zone we’ve ran all year. But once Dubuque hit a couple 3’s in the second half we had to go back to our man-to-man principles.”

Central travels to Cedar Rapids Wednesday for a women’s-men’s doubleheader against Coe College starting at 6 p.m. Coe, 13-5 overall with a 7-2 league record, defeated the Dutch 74-60 earlier this season.

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