1993 NCAA Div. III champions
CEDAR RAPIDS — The Central College women’s basketball team was down just 7 points with 6:46 remaining against Iowa Conference leader Coe College Wednesday, but the Dutch couldn’t keep pace in the final minutes and the Kohawks cruised to a 64-50 victory.
Central (5-14, 0-10 conference) started the game in a hole when Coe (14-5, 8-2 conference) reeled off an 11-0 run to open the contest, forcing the Dutch to play catch-up early on.
“You can’t start 11 points down,” said coach Mike Jacobsma. “Teams have been putting those runs together on us all year. Our players fought back, they played hard, but we couldn’t put together a run to match it.”
Down 36-25 at halftime, the Dutch clawed back into contention. A Kelsey Schuring (forward, senior, Pella) jumper helped close the gap to 49-42 with less than seven minutes remaining.
“We just had a more aggressive attitude on offense during that stretch,” said Jacobsma. “It helped us get back into the game.”
The Kohawks responded with a 15-5 run and didn’t look back, holding Central at bay to close out the game.
“We needed to do a better job of taking care of the ball tonight; we allowed too many turnovers,” said Jacobsma. “And we needed to make more free throws.”
Central had 15 turnovers for the game and shot 54.5 percent from the charity stripe.
Coe won the shooting battle, racking up a 45.6 field goal percentage while the Dutch shot just 27.4 percent from the field.
Center Bry Pierce (St. Clair Mo.) came off the bench to lead the team in scoring. The 6-foot freshman notched 12 points in 22 minutes.
“We’re happy to have Bry in the lineup this semester after she sat out with an injury,” said Jacobsma. “It’s an advantage to have a post presence with some size. She’s done a good job.”
Senior guard Sarah Paulson (Ottumwa) added 10 points and Schuring had seven boards to lead the Dutch rebounding effort.
Central is back on the court Saturday when it travels to Storm Lake for a 6 p.m. tip with conference foe Buena Vista University (8-10, 3-6 conference). The Beavers slipped past the Dutch 69-63 in the teams’ first meeting Nov. 30 in Pella.
“They’re going to pack it in, pressure us and try to force turnovers,” said Jacobsma. “To get the win we’re going to need to be comfortable shooting from the perimeter.”