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Dubuque second half trips Central women’s basketball squad

Women's basketball | Jan. 16, 2013

PELLA—Unable to slow down the University of Dubuque in the second half, the Central College women’s basketball team suffered a 77-71 Iowa Conference setback Wednesday evening.

With the score tied 27-27 at the break, Dubuque opened the second half knocking down three straight 3-pointers to go up 27-36. The Spartans extended their lead to 16 at the 6:25 mark before Central made a 9-1 run and whittled the margin to eight points. The Dutch were within four with 57 seconds remaining, but Dubuque swished 6-of-7 free throws to secure the win.

The Spartans (12-3 overall, 2-2 conference) racked up 50 points in the second half, shooting 68 percent while sinking 5-of-9 shots from long range. Dubuque hit 48.1 percent for the game compared to Central’s 36.4.

“We started really slow in the second half, got down and had to crawl back,” coach Mike Jacobsma said. “Give Dubuque credit, they made shots and had two kids go off, but we’ve got to play with more urgency, especially at home. Those last three minutes we flat-out competed and we need to be able to play like that for 40 minutes.”

Guard Courtney Kelderman (junior, Pella) had a team-high 15 points while guard Alyssa Schwartz (senior, Titonka, WCLT HS) had 14, guard Annie Sarcone (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) had 12 and guard Kenzie Vander Molen (sophomore, Pella) had 11. Forward Hilary Beaird (junior, Burlington) notched seven rebounds and Schwartz had six.

Central (8-7 overall, 1-3 conference) shot a season-best 50 percent behind the arc, knocking down 8-of-15 in the second half. The Dutch forced 21 Dubuque turnovers while tallying 17 steals, but were outrebounded 44-36. Spartans guard Molly Whiting posted a game-high 29 points.

“She’s one of the best guards in Division III,” Jacobsma said.

The Dutch tackle Loras College Saturday at Dubuque. The Duhawks, who are receiving votes in the top 25 poll, are 12-3 overall with a 2-2 conference mark coming off a 74-54 loss to No. 11 Simpson College Saturday.

“Loras has a good record and has knocked off some good teams, but they’re beatable,” Jacobsma said.

The women’s-men’s doubleheader is slated to begin at 2 p.m. Cory Houser of KRLS-FM (92.1) will provide the broadcast of both contests, which can also be heard at www.kniakrls.com or accessed through Central’s athletics website at www.central.edu/athletics.

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