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Coe escapes Central women’s basketball squad

Women's basketball | Feb. 8, 2014

CEDAR RAPIDS—The Central College women’s basketball team charged back from a 19-point deficit in the final minutes of the game, but a late push carried Coe College past the Dutch 62-47 Saturday.

Central (9-12 overall, 1-9 conference) maintained just a 31.3 percent shooting percentage, but the Dutch went on a 10-0 run, cutting Coe’s (12-9 overall, 7-3 conference) lead to just nine points with 2:40 remaining.

“Coming out in the second half, we were extremely aggressive and did a nice job of attacking the rim, knocking down shots and getting second chance opportunities off of offensive rebounds,” said coach Chelsea Petersen.  “I thought there were noticeable improvements and adjustments made from Wednesday’s loss.”

Although Central lost the rebound battle, 34-23, the team forced 18 Kohawk turnovers. The Dutch were hard pressed to recover from Coe’s first half shooting percentage of 63.6 percent. Overall, Coe shot 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from long range.

“Coe came out and shot very well,” Petersen said. “When a team shoots over 60 percent for a half, it is very difficult to take the lead.”

The Dutch were led by offensive and defensive threat Rachel Evans (guard, junior, Fort Dodge). Evans scored 12 points, had a game-high eight rebounds, one assist and five steals.

“Rachel had a phenomenal game,” Petersen said. “Her defensive intensity really energized her teammates.”

Guard Kenzie Vander Molen (junior, Pella) took the game-high scoring title with 16 points. Guard Courtney Kelderman (senior, Pella) had 11 points and four rebounds. Guard Emily Neff (freshman, Cedar Falls) contributed six points.

“Kenzie did a great job of controlling the pace of the game, getting to the rim and knocking down free throws,” said Petersen. “Courtney worked really hard and did well hitting her shots and Emily attached and got to the rim for some great drives.”

The Dutch face Buena Vista in a women’s-men’s doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium. Buena Vista (10-11 overall, 4-6 conference) defeated Central in their Jan. 25 matchup, 83-79.

“We have a great opportunity for a home win on Wednesday night,” Petersen said. “The team looks forward to improving in practice on Monday and Tuesday.”

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