1993 NCAA Div. III champions
PELLA— The Central College women’s basketball squad struggled to find the bottom of the net against Loras College Saturday, dropping its seventh straight game 58-42.
Central (9-10 overall, 1-7 conference) and Loras (13-6 overall, 8-0 conference) mirrored stats in many categories: Loras had 10 assists to Central’s 12, the Dutch forced 17 turnovers while committing 16 and each team had eight steals. But a strong Duhawk defense prevented Central from coming up big offensively. The Dutch fell short from the field, hitting just 29.3 percent for the game. Loras banked 40.8 percent of its field shots and 38.5 percent from behind the arc.
“Loras is a very skilled team, currently holding first place in the Iowa Conference,” said coach Chelsea Petersen. “Loras is playing incredibly well together, and in order to beat a team like Loras, your execution has to be near perfect.
“We executed well offensively and created a lot of open looks,” she said. “But, ultimately we failed to convert.”
Guard Rachel Evans (junior, Fort Dodge) led the Dutch offensively and defensively with 14 points and eight rebounds. She also had four assists.
“Rachel had a solid game,” said Petersen. “She attacked the basket, finished shots and played with a lot of defensive intensity.”
Guard Kenzie Vander Molen (junior, Pella), despite a tough double-team defense, scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds.
“Loras did a good job containing Kenzie’s dribble drive and making her take outside shots,” Petersen said. “They often double teamed Kenzie, and when teams do that, other players need to step up.”
No other Dutch player scored more than four points. On the defensive end, forwards Cori Uitermarkt (freshman, Pella, Pella Christian HS) and Jessy Stika (senior, Cresco, Crestwood) brought down seven and six rebounds, respectively.
“Cori did a great job rebounding, finishing the game with three offensive rebounds,” Petersen said. “She also made strong, aggressive moves to the basket.”
Central jumps back into action Wednesday against Simpson College (11-7 overall, 6-1 conference) at Indianola. Simpson came away with the 58-35 win when the Dutch and Storm met Jan. 22. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
"Every member of the team knows what they need to do individually to impact the team and position ourselves for wins in a tough Iowa Conference," said Petersen.