1993 NCAA Div. III champions
STORM LAKE—Three players reached double digits but the Central College women’s basketball team couldn’t find an answer for Buena Vista Univ. in a 66-56 Iowa Conference defeat Saturday.
The Beavers grabbed an early 13-7 lead before Central jumped to a 20-15 advantage with a 13-2 run. Buena Vista responded with an 11-2 spree and held a 36-29 lead after the opening half. Central sparked a 7-0 run to open the second half and cut the margin to three, but the Beavers replied with a 9-2 run and maintained the lead the rest of the game.
Guard Alyssa Schwartz (junior, Titonka, WCLT HS) posted a game-high 16 points and career-best nine rebounds. Guard Kelsey Schuring (senior, Pella) had 12 points and guard Sarah Paulson (senior, Ottumwa) added 11 points and seven rebounds.
Buena Vista (9-10 overall, 4-6 conference) shot 38.5 percent, including 43.3 in the first half, while Central hit 35.1. The Beavers held a 40-39 rebounding edge and forced 23 Dutch turnovers.
Central, falling to 5-15 overall and 0-11 in the league, has lost seven games this season by 10 points or less. The Dutch look avenge one of those defeats, a 77-72 overtime loss to Cornell College, next Saturday in a women’s-men’s doubleheader at P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium. Cornell (7-10 overall, 5-5 conference) suffered a 58-44 setback to Loras College Saturday. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.
Live stats and a video webstream will be available for both games through Central’s website at www.central.edu/athletics and Eric Gotschall will call the play-by-play on KRLS-FM (92.1). The broadcast can also be accessed at www.kniakrls.com.