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Spartan women gain second win

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 12:58 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 1:03 a.m. CDT
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(CNA photo by LARRY PETERSON)
Southwestern guard Morgan Knorr (13) drives past Kiara Cain of Graceland (15) during Monday's 74-63 Spartan victory. Knorr scored 23 points as Southwestern improved to 2-3 for the season.

One year after going 0-30, the Southwestern women already gained victory number two on Nov. 18.

The Spartans avenged a loss in the season-opener by holding off Graceland JV 74-63 to improve to 2-3 for the season.

Southwestern built a 15-point lead at halftime (32-17).

“They came out in a zone, which I expected from the first time we played them,” SWCC coach Addae Houston said. “I thought we did a great job of executing our offense and getting good shots in the first half.”

Graceland started heating up from 3-point range in the second half and cut a 20-point bulge (67-47) in half at 67-57 with 1:44 remaining.

“We’re not great against (defensive) pressure right now,” Houston said. “We know what we want to do against it, how we want to attack it, but sometimes we get a little frustrated and aren’t strong with the ball. That’s something we’ll continue to work on.”

Peyton Russell made five free throws in the final 1:20 to keep the Yellowjackets at bay for the final 11-point margin.

Southwestern’s two returnees led the victory as guard Morgan Knorr scored 23 points — including 10-of-11 free throws — and center Darian Polson tossed in 14 points.

The Spartans did a good job of attacking the basket and finished 27-of-37 at the free throw line to Graceland’s 11-of-27. That helped offset Graceland’s 14 3-pointers.

The busy week continues with a home game against North Central Missouri College at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a trip to Highland, Kan., on Saturday in a rematch of Saturday’s home loss.

“It’s a long week and you have to balance the practice times with the games,” Houston said. “But if you can manage three games a week, then when you get in the conference, playing two is a little easier.”

GRACELAND JV (63) — Bre Claytor 4 0-0 12, Brittany Atkin 3 5-8 11, Ashley Lipson 3 0-0 9, Shelby Murtha 2 4-4 8, Kiara Cain 4 0-6 8, Phillisha McFadden 3 0-0 7, Yevette Bennett 1 0-0 2, Jessica Robertson 1 0-2 2, Elizabeth Sieleman 1 0-2 2, Kelsey Edwards 0 2-5 2. Totals — 22 11-27 63. 3-point goals — 14 (Claytor 4, Cain 4, Lipson 3, Murtha 2, McFadden 1). Team fouls — 26. Fouled out  — Bennett, Atkin.

SOUTHWESTERN (74) — Morgan Knorr 6 10-11 23, Darian Polson 5 4-6 14, Peyton Russell 1-7-12 9, Jordan Williamson 2 3-4 7, Rhecie Lee 3 0-0 6, Jill Vanderhoof 2 0-0 5, Kristin Klocksiem 1 2-2 4, J’myrehea Douglas 0 1-2 1. Totals — 20 27-37 74. 3-point goals — 2 (Vanderhoof 1, Sowers 1). Team fouls — 23. Fouled out  — Knorr.

Graceland JV — 17 63

SWCC — 32 74

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