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First-half run lifts Cornell over Central women’s basketball team

Women's basketball | Feb. 4, 2012

PELLA—Central College yielded 15 points at the end of the first half and never recovered, suffering a 62-55 women’s basketball defeat to Cornell College Saturday in Iowa Conference action.

The Dutch (5-16 overall, 0-12 conference) jumped to a 4-0 start with back-to-back buckets from guard Sarah Paulson (senior, Ottumwa) and made a 7-0 run with 7:33 left in the half to go up 17-10. Cornell (8-11 overall, 6-6 conference) replied with a 15-2 surge to take a 25-19 lead at the break.   

Central opened the second half with three straight 3-pointers, including two from guard Alyssa Schwartz (junior, Titonka, WCLT HS), but the Rams pulled away with a 4-0 run and never relinquished the lead.

“We took care of the ball better in the second half, which allowed us to score more, but we’ve got to get two or three key stops in a row and get on a run to overcome our deficits,” coach Mike Jacobsma said.

Paulson and guard Rachel Evans (freshman, Fort Dodge) had 10 points each and Schwartz had nine. Paulson collected six rebounds while Schwartz and center Bry Pierce (freshman, St. Clair, Mo.) had five.

“Rachel put her head down and got to the rim and made her free throws,” Jacobsma said.

Cornell shot 36 percent from the floor and connected for 18-of-22 at the free-throw line. Central hit 32.6 percent and held a 35-32 rebounding edge.

“Their offensive boards killed us,” Jacobsma said. “And they made their free throws in the second half.”

Central travels to Dubuque Wednesday for a women’s-men’s doubleheader against Loras College at 6 p.m. The Duhawks topped the Dutch 56-45 in the teams’ first meeting Jan. 11. Loras is 14-8 overall and 9-4 in the league after a 64-58 overtime loss to Dubuque Saturday.

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