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Coe escapes Central women’s basketball squad

Women's basketball | Jan. 5, 2013

CEDAR RAPIDS—The Central College women’s basketball team charged back from a nine-point deficit but a late surge in the final minutes carried Iowa Conference preseason favorites Coe College past the Dutch 46-39 Saturday in the league opener for both squads.

Central battled through a tough shooting day and erased a 25-16 halftime margin with a 14-1 run, sparked by a Rachel Evans (guard, sophomore, Fort Dodge) layup, to go up 30-26 with 12:45 left.

“We knocked down some shots and grabbed some offensive rebounds to get us back in the game,” coach Mike Jacobsma said.

The Dutch led 37-35 with 4:40 remaining, but at the 1:44 mark, Coe made an unanswered six-point run to secure the win.

“We weren’t patient enough and had some silly turnovers at the end that got us out of rhythm and cost us the game,” Jacobsma said. “We’ve got to stay loose, play with confidence and keep attacking on offense.”

Evans had a team-high 13 points and six rebounds.

“Rachel played her heart out,” Jacobsma said. “She played with a lot of energy and passion and worked hard to get to the rim.”

Forward Nicole Strasko (senior, Roland, Roland-Story HS) had eight points. Guard Alyssa Schwartz (senior, Titonka, WCLT HS) had eight rebounds.

Central (7-5 overall, 0-1 conference) won the rebound battle, 35-30, and forced 18 Coe turnovers, but shot a chilly 27.1 percent for the game and went 0-of-16 from long range. The Kohawks (8-4 overall, 1-0 conference) shot 36.6 percent.

“We’ve got to score more baskets,” Jacobsma said. “If we hit two or three 3-pointers it’s a totally different game. But I’m still happy with how tough we were tonight.”

The Dutch face Wartburg College in a women’s-men’s doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Waverly. The Knights are 8-4 overall with a 1-0 league mark after a 78-71 victory against the University of Dubuque Saturday.

The Dutch split with Wartburg last year. Central avenged an early loss with an 83-82 overtime victory, won by a 3-pointer at the buzzer, in the final game of the season.


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