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Late free throws cost Central women’s basketball squad

Women's basketball | Dec. 1, 2012

PELLA—After leading by 14 points in the first half, the Central College women’s basketball team fell to Waldorf College Saturday on a pair of free throws with less than a second left, 65-64.

Two free throws from forward Nicole Strasko (senior, Roland, Roland-Story HS) gave Central a 64-63 lead with 35 seconds remaining. But with under a second left, the Dutch fouled Waldorf guard Goli Tavassoli. Tavassoli made both shots for the lead and Central wasn’t able to carry out the game-winning attempt.

“We played man defense to contain the dribble drive but their point guard got to the rim,” coach Mike Jacobsma said. “We didn’t execute our last-second shot like we needed to and were unable to get off a good shot.”

The Dutch (3-3) opened the game with a 5-0 lead. With 5:35 left in the first half, Central rattled off 11 unanswered points to go up 36-22. Waldorf (7-4) battled back to make it 36-27 at intermission, but didn’t tie the score until 2:19 remained in the game.

“When we have a big lead like we did we have to finish every possession and finish the game,” Jacobsma said.

Guard Kalli Richardson (sophomore, Blairsburg, Northeast Hamilton HS) had a team-high 16 points. Guard Rachel Evans (sophomore, Fort Dodge) had 14 points and Strasko posted her third career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Alyssa Schwartz (senior, Titonka, WCLT HS) had 11 points and six rebounds.

Waldorf shot 44.6 percent from the floor to Central’s 30.4 percent and outrebounded the Dutch 40-35. The Dutch were 25-of-29 from the free-throw line.

“We did a good job of getting to the line tonight but we need to play with a sense of urgency and learn how to defend our court,” Jacobsma said. “We need everybody to give a little more than what they’re giving now.”

The Dutch continue a five game home stand Wednesday, facing the American Institute of Business (AIB) at 5:30 p.m. at P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium. The Eagles are 1-5 heading into Saturday’s contest against Briar Cliff University.

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