1993 NCAA Div. III champions
PELLA— Guard Courtney Kelderman (junior, Pella) erupted for a career-high 18 points as the Central College women’s basketball team claimed an 81-69 victory over Luther College Saturday.
“Courtney had some huge momentum builders for us in the first half which really helped us play as a team. We were together,” said coach Mike Jacobsma. “At every moment we had someone that could pick someone else up.”
With eight wins on the books, the Dutch have surpassed last year’s win total, making it the winningest season since 2003-04. Central (8-6 overall, 1-2 Iowa Conference) outshot the Norse (9-5 overall, 1-2 conference), shooting 43.9 percent from the floor and 45 percent from 3-point range.
“We executed our offense very well,” Jacobsma said. “We set screens and we knocked down our shots, which is a much different story than the past few games.”
Up eight points at the half, Central continued to execute its offense placing four players in double digits. Kelderman drained six 3-pointers, shooting 60 percent on the game. Guard Kenzie Vander Molen (sophomore, Pella) had a career-high 14 points. Guard Rachel Evans (sophomore, Fort Dodge) added 12 points. Senior forward Nicole Strasko (Roland, Roland-Story HS) recorded her sixth career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
“Kenzie came off the bench and handled the ball really well,” said Jacobsma. “She got us into our offense and was defending the ball well.”
Guard Jessy Stika (junior, Cresco, Crestwood HS) had nine points and five rebounds and guard Alyssa Schwartz (senior, Titonka, WCLT HS) scored seven points and racked up five rebounds.
“Jessy is studying abroad in Wales this semester, so this was her last game of the year,” Jacobsma said. “She has had a great year and will be deeply missed. But this creates an opportunity for another player to step up and get a shot.”
The Dutch match-up against the University of Dubuque (11-3 overall, 1-2 conference) on Wednesday at the P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium at 6 p.m. The Dutch are looking for redemption after losing to the Spartans twice last season, 62-60 and 60-45.