1993 NCAA Div. III champions
PELLA — Guard Courtney Kelderman (senior, Pella) knocked down her first four three-point shots, leading the undefeated Central College women’s basketball team to a 64-50 victory over Nebraska Wesleyan Tuesday night.
Kelderman drained five of seven shots from beyond the arc and two free throws for a team-high 17 points in just 16 minutes of action off the bench.
“Courtney was tremendous,” said interim head coach Chelsea Petersen. “She did an excellent job of getting set when Nebraska Wesleyan was in a zone defense. When she was given the ball, she was ready to score. Courtney helped push our lead so that Nebraska Wesleyan was unable to get back into the game.”
The Dutch (4-0) bolted to a 39-20 halftime lead and shot 50 percent from the field and three-point range in the first half. The Prairie Wolves (1-4) only shot 33.3 percent during the half. Central held a narrow 32-30 rebound advantage, but the Dutch hit eight of 19 three-point shots to secure a win.
“When playing a team like Nebraska Wesleyan, we have to be prepared for zone and man defenses,” Petersen said. “We have to be able to execute in both offensively, and tonight we came out with great energy and intensity. We really attacked the rim.”
Petersen cited Kenzie Vander Molen (junior, Pella) for leading the team in its offensive attack.
“Kenzie did a terrific job at point guard,” she said. “She controlled the pace of the game and slowed down a very fast Nebraska Wesleyan squad.”
Vander Molen contributed 11 points and seven assists, forward Jessy Stika (senior, Cresco, Crestwood HS) had eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds and guard Katie Sunderman (sophomore, Pella) also had eight points.
Guards Kaitlin Stump (sophomore, Lancaster, Mo., Schuyler R-1 HS), Rachel Evans (junior, Fort Dodge) and Emily Neff (guard, freshman, Cedar Falls) each had six points and four rebounds.
“As a group, we need to continue to demonstrate intensity and defensive discipline throughout the 40 minutes,” Petersen said. “To do that, we need to get down in a good stance, move our feet and limit teams to one shot opportunities. We are extremely committed to executing offensively, and I hope to see that for the remainder of the season.”
Central returns to action Saturday against Presentation College (S.D.) at the P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium. Tipoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.