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Big second half lifts Simpson JV women

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 1:19 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 1:37 a.m. CDT
Katelyn Sowers of Southwestern (32) releases the only made 3-pointer by the Spartans in a 76-62 loss to Simpson College JV here Monday night.

Southwestern women appeared to be on track to contending for their third victory of the season here Monday night, but a second-half defensive lapse led to a 76-62 loss to Simpson College JV.

The game was tied 22-22 late in the first half before the Storm closed it out on a 5-2 run to hold a 27-24 advantage. Sophomore post player Darian Polson had 11 points at the break for Southwestern, and finished with 17. Guard Morgan Knorr had 12 of her team-high 18 points in the second half.

Simpson was still in front by only two points midway through the second half at 41-39. But the Storm was in position to shoot foul shots much earlier in the bonus with a 5-0 difference in fouls at the time. Free throws and 3-pointers keyed a 16-6 run to push Simpson to a 57-45 lead.

The margin stayed between seven and 10 points the next six minutes until the Storm pushed it to 15 in the final two minutes. Simpson ended up scoring 47 points in the second half after netting only 27 in the first half. Trading baskets wasn’t doing much to cut into the deficit.

“That’s something we have to correct,” coach Addae Houston said. “They were passing into the middle against our 3-2 zone, and we had too many people collapsing and leaving their shooters. We’ve worked on it, but we kept collapsing and leaving them open for the kickout.”

Twelve turnovers prevented the Spartans from pulling ahead in an otherwise well-played first half against a Simpson program whose varsity is ranked nationally. The Storm JV rotation included 5-9 sophomore post player Jessica Hawkins of Atlantic.

“We shouldn’t have 12 turnovers in a half against that team,” Houston said. “They really weren’t pressuring us much at all. We had a chance to put ourselves in a much better position there in the first half.”

The team has eight available players now, as freshmen J’myrehea Douglas and Rhecie Lee of Port Allen, La., are under suspension for violation of team rules. They are not currently on the team bench at games or practicing.

“I’m not ready to use that as an excuse,” Houston said. “There are a LOT of teams that run an eight-person rotation. The thing is, we need all five players out there to all be playing at the level we need, at the same time.”

Southwestern (2-8) gets some much needed rest for a few days now, not scheduled in competition until Dec. 11 at Iowa Lakes Community College.

SIMPSON JV (76) — Kristin Riley 6 1-2 16, T. Barz 5 2-2 12, Hali VanVelzen 3 5-6 11, Abbey Knowlton 3 1-2 7, Kelsey Townsend 2 0-0 6, Alyse Messa 1 2-3 5, Taylor Crawford 2 1-2 5, Jessica Hawkins 2 1-3 5, Emily Secrist 2 0-0 4, Lexi Spellhaug 1 0-0 3, Jessica Graef 0 2-2 2. Totals — 27 15-22 76. 3-point goals — 7 (Riley 3, Townsend 2, Spellhaug 1, Messa 1). Team fouls — 15. Fouled out  — None.

SOUTHWESTERN (62) — Morgan Knorr 8 2-2 18, Darian Polson 8 1-1 17, Jill Vanderhoof 5 1-2 11, Jordan Williamson 2 2-3 6, Kristin Klocksiem 1 3-6 5, Katelynn Sowers 2 0-0 5. Totals — 26 9-14 62. 3-point goals — 1 (Sowers 1). Rebounds — Polson 7, Knorr 6.  Assists — Peyton Russell 5, Knorr 3, Polson 3. Steals — Polson 3, Knorr 2. Turnovers — 13. Team fouls — 17. Fouled out  — None.

Simpson JV — 27 76

SWCC — 24 62

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