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Iowa Central’s 17 triples bury Spartan women

Published: Monday, March 4, 2013 11:16 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 4, 2013 11:31 a.m. CDT
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(CNA photo by LARRY PETERSON)
Southwestern's Darian Polson (24) splits the Iowa Central defense of Rebecca Easton (40) and Babaye Oja (20) during Saturday's game. Polson had four points, three rebounds and two assists in the Spartans' season finale. Iowa Central, second in the region, improved to 21-8 with an 88-55 victory.

Southwestern’s winless women’s basketball season ended Saturday under a school-record barrage of 3-pointers by visiting Iowa Central.

The Tritons (21-8 overall, 12-4 ICCAC) tied a school record for 3-pointers in an 88-55 victory over Southwestern (0-30, 0-16).

Iowa Central made 17 triples from nine different players. That tied a school record for 3-pointers in a game set by the 2007-08 Iowa Central team.

In the first half alone, eight different Tritons made a total of 12 3-pointers in taking a 52-29 lead over the Spartans.

“We had 36 out of our 52 points from three in the first half,” said Iowa Central coach Craig Carlson. “They packed in a zone and we took what was available. That was the first time I’ve had nine different players hit three.”

Southwestern interim coach Steve Tussey said his team didn’t perform badly on offense in the opening half, but it became difficult to keep pace with a team hitting so many from behind the arc.

“We actually had a pretty good offensive half,” Tussey said. “When we’re playing eight people and they’re playing 12, we tend to get worn out in the second half.”

Carlson was impressed with SWCC’s effort so late in a winless campaign.

“Southwestern girls played hard,” Carlson said. “They were a step quicker than us in the first half. Thank God we shot the three like we thought we could all year.”

Freshman guard Morgan Knorr led three Spartans in double figures with 16 points, five assists and six rebounds. Sophomore post player Brittany Clark ended her SWCC career with 13 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Kaley Folkerts of Bedford chipped in 10 points and three assists.

The third sophomore, Jamee Miner, missed several games at the end of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Only eight of the region’s 10 teams qualify for the postseason tournament, so Saturday’s defeat was the season-ender. Tussey, former Orient-Macksburg coach, took over during the holiday break after the sudden resignation of Brett Gilcrist.

Two of his former O-M players, Nick Ray and Adam Pool, served as assistant coach and student assistant, respectively. His son, Thad, former SWCC men’s assistant coach and player, assisted when he could, including Saturday’s game. Thad is a counselor at Woodward Academy.

“I’m glad I did it,” said Tussey. “I’m proud of the girls. They never gave up. They worked hard, they were coachable. Obviously there were no wins, but it’s a successful season when you think about the change in coaches, change in system. They could have given up, and they didn’t.”

After 17th-ranked DMACC upset No. 2 Kirkwood on Saturday night, the Tritons settled for a three seed in the regional tournament. Iowa Central hosts Marshalltown (11-19) on Tuesday night.

IOWA CENTRAL (88) — Jasmine Binion 5 1-1 13, Katie Dentlinger 4 3-4 12, Babaye Ojay 4 1-1 11, Lydia Harvey 3 2-5 11, Jade Gregory 3 0-0 9, Carly McRae 2 0-0 6, Theresa Doyle 2 0-0 6, Rebecca Easton 3 0-0 6, Allison Seibert 2 0-0 5, Miliakere Koyamainavure 1 3-4 5, Lauren Bengen 1 1-1 4. Totals — 30 11-16 88. 3-point goals — 17 (Gregory 3, Harvey 3, McRae 2, Doyle 2, Ojay 2, Binion 2, Seibert 1, Dentlinger 1, Bengen 1). Team fouls — 18. Fouled out  — None.

SOUTHWESTERN (55) — Morgan Knorr 5 3-5 16, Brittany Clark 5 2-2 13, Kaley Folkerts 4 0-1 10, Taylor Zimmerman 1 3-6 6, Darian Polson 2 0-1 4, Miranda Williams 2 0-1 4, Kourtni Stumpf 0 2-3 2. Totals — 19 10-17 55. FG shooting — 19-47 (40.4 percent). 3-point goals — 7-12 (Knorr 3, Folkerts 2, Zimmerman 1, Clark 1). Rebounds — 38 (Williams 9, Clark 7, Stumpf 6, Knorr 6).  Assists — 13 (Knorr 5, Folkerts 3, Stumpf 3, Polson 2). Steals — 2 (Maddie Wagler 1, Zimmerman 1). Blocked shots — 1 (Stumpf 1). Turnovers — 19. Team fouls — 15. Fouled out  — None.

Iowa Central — 52 88

SWCC — 29 55

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