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3-point attack shoots down Spartan strategy

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 1:21 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 1:31 a.m. CDT
Na Keyia Harris (1) of Southwestern gets a shot off aginst DMACC 6-foot-4 center Danielle Rohrbah during Wednesday's game here. Harris had six points in the 74-41 loss to the Bears.

Des Moines Area Community College women had an answer for Southwestern’s strategy here Wednesday night.

With the Spartan defense collapsing early on 6-foot-2 sophomore center Carlee Schumacher, the Bears fired in seven 3-pointers in the first half in taking a 41-20 lead into intermission.

It was more difficult for DMACC to extend that lead in the second half, but the Bears still cruised to a 74-41 victory.

“It was kind of a case of picking our poison,” SWCC coach Addae Houston said. “We were trying to contain their inside game. Schumacher averages 23 points a game, and we did a good job on her. She had only two points in the first half. But they hit seven threes. If they miss some of those shots, it’s a different ballgame. We executed some things, but they just played well.”

DMACC improved to 15-11 overall and 7-5 in fifth place in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Division II standings under coach Steve Krafcisin, former Final Four player for the University of Iowa and coach Lute Olson.

“If they were going to sag on Schumacher like that, we needed people to step up and make shots,” Krafcisin said.

His 1-2-2 pressure defense also gave the Spartans fits at times, getting quick baskets off of steals or errant Spartan passes.

“We’re better in transition than in the halfcourt, so we try to get some offense from our pressure,” Krafcisin said. “We got some things from our traps just before or just after the halfcourt.”

Houston said his team had prepared for the DMACC defense, having played once already this season.

“We handled it better this time, actually,” Houston said. “But we were still a little tentative in attacking it after we beat the top of it.”

Jalissa Felici made four of DMACC’s nine 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 16 points. Three other Bears scored in double figures, including Schumacher with 12.

Guard Morgan Knorr had 12 points for Southwestern, now 5-18 overall and 2-9 in league play. On Saturday the Spartans travel to Ellsworth (8-16, 3-8).

DMACC (74) — Jalissa Felici 5 2-2 16, Taryn Wicks 5 2-2 12, Carlee Schumacher 3 6-6 12, Katie Clarke 3 2-2 11, Chelsea Anderson 3 2-2 8, Alex Bunting 2 0-0 6, Danielle Rohrbach 2 0-0 4, Chansea Nelson 1 0-0 2, Kate Ray 1 0-0 2, Rachael Enabnit 0 1-2 1. Totals — 25 15-16 74. 3-point goals — 9 (Felici 4, Clarke 3, Bunting 2). Team fouls — 14. Fouled out  — None.

SOUTHWESTERN (41) — Morgan Knorr 5 2-2 12, Darian Polson 3 2-2 8, Na Keyia Harris 3 0-2 6, Jill Vanderhoof 2 0-0 5, Peyton Russell 1 2-4 4, Jordan Williamson 1 0-0 2, Kristin Klocksiem 1 0-0 2, Katelynn Sowers 1 0-0 2. Totals — 17 6-10 41. 3-point goals — 1 (Vanderhoof 1). Team fouls — 11. Fouled out  — None.

DMACC — 41 74

SWCC — 20 41

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