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Spartans sputter early in conference loss

Published: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 5:03 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 7:25 a.m. CDT

ESTHERVILLE — The Southwestern Community College women opened conference play with a 67-50 loss at Iowa Lakes Wednesday night.

Coach Addae Houston said the 36-20 halftime deficit proved too much to overcome, although the Spartans were still within striking distance down 13 with 3:00 to play. Iowa Lakes owned just a 31-30 edge over the final 20 minutes.

“The game started slow for us. We were not shooting well early,” Houston said. “We gave up too many easy buckets, but we managed to hang around and play better in the second half. Second-chance points got us. We were outrebounded 43-18, and it’s tough to win when you have that margin against you.”

Houston said the Lakers utilized a strong post presence with four players 6 feet or taller.

“We did a good job of guarding the perimeter, but their inside game was killing us,” Houston said.

Morgan Knorr scored 13 points for Southwestern and Jill Vanderhoof provided 12 points and seven rebounds.

Iowa Lakes improved to 4-10 overall in winning its conference opener. Southwestern (2-9) faces an even stiffer challenge at home Saturday afternoon. Division I Iowa Western (12-1), which beat Iowa Lakes 71-52 on Nov. 19, is the opponent in the 1 p.m. tipoff.

“They have a girl signed with West Virginia who was national player of the week last week,” Houston said. “We’ll have our hands full.”

IOWA LAKES (67).

SOUTHWESTERN (50) — Morgan Knorr 5 3-4 13, Jill Vanderhoof 3 4-4 12, Darian Polson 4 2-2 10, Kristin Klocksiem 2 0-0 5, Katelynn Sowers 2 0-0 5, Peyton Russell 0 3-6 3, Na Keyia Harris 1 0-0 2. Totals — 17 12-16 50. FG shooting — 17-51 (33 percent). 3-point goals — 4-17 (Vanderhoof 2, Sowers 1, Klocksiem 1). Rebounds — 22 (Vanderhoof 7, Klocksiem 4).  Assists — 10 (Russell 4). Steals — 8 (Knorr 4). Blocked shots — 2 (Polson 2). Turnovers — 15.

Iowa Lakes — 36 67

SWCC — 20 50

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