The Spartans headed to Boone on Wednesday, January 8 to take on the DMACC Bears for a tough conference matchup. A strong half court press from DMACC forced early turnovers which lead to some easy transition points for the Bears.
Head Coach Addae Houston commented, “We did our best to prepare for their pressure but trying to simulate what a team does best is difficult to practice and we struggled with it throughout the game.”
Despite playing better in the second half, the Bears lead was too much for the Spartans to overcome. Kristin Klocksiem led scoring for the Spartans with 10 points.
Nationally-ranked Des Moines Area jumped out to a 17-0 start against Southwestern Wednesday and then held the line on the way to a 70-54 win in Boone. After the nightmare beginning, the Spartans made an 18-10 run to get within 9 by halftime on plays by Elliott Hamdeed and Tanner Kellogg. Another slow beginning to a half in the second frame put Southwestern down 13 early on. The Spartans began to connect offensively, but post play by the Bears was too much for Southwestern’s size inside. DMACC pounded the glass for 13 offensive rebounds, and the Spartans were uncharacteristically shaky with the ball, turning it over 24 times.
The Spartans will play again Saturday at home against Ellsworth. Tip will follow the women’s game at approximately 3 p.m.
The Spartan women have continued their season progress by picking up their first conference win. This win on the road against Southeastern CC in Keokuk on Saturday, January 4 snapped a 22 game conference losing streak. A solid defensive effort and good shooting in the first half allowed the Spartans to control the game early on.
Head coach Addae Houston commented, “We moved the ball well in that half and did a good job of finding the gaps in their zone defense for some easy open looks. The lead at the end of the first half was 32-17 behind good shooting and solid defense.”
Southeastern rallied in the second half to keep the game close, led by Blackhawk Brittany Bryan with 13 points on the game. The nearly caught the Spartans with 15 second on the clock, 52-50. Southeastern would foul quickly after scoring and sent Jordan Williamson to the line. Williamson hit two critical free-throws to extend the Spartan lead to four. The Blackhawks attempted a quick three-pointer but missed and Peyton Russell grabbed the rebound to secure the win as time ran out.
The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Athletic Department is hosting a ceremony and reception to honor SWCC's volleyball team, 2013 regional champions and national championship participants, during the Sat., February 1, 2014, home basketball match-ups featuring the SWCC Spartans vs. Iowa Lakes.
The afternoon kicks off with the women's basketball game at 1 p.m. in the Student Center gymnasium. The men's game follows at 3 p.m. The volleyball recognition ceremony will be held during half-time of the men's game at approximately 3:45 p.m. The reception will be held immediately following the men's game on the upper level of the SWCC Student Center.
Online classes begin on January 21. If you are interested in learning more about online classes, please visit the Distance Education/Online pages or contact Doug Greene, director of distance education.
The spring 2014 class schedule is available on the Class Schedules page on the Web site. Take a look at the class schedule prior to your appointment to get an idea of the classes you'd like to take.
Melisa Crook, SWCC head drill team coach, has announced Jennifer Brandt of Osceola will be joining the Dazzlers drill team in January with the start of the spring 2014 semester.
Brandt is a May 2013 Clarke High School graduate. She attended Des Moines Area Community College for the fall 2013 semester.
The Southwestern Community College Dazzlers drill team received a “I” rating, placing third in the state in the pom category, at the 2014 Iowa State Dance Championships, held December 5-6, at Wells Fargo arena in Des Moines.
It was a tall order for Southwestern, facing #6 Division I Iowa Western on the road. The task proved too great as the Spartans were overwhelmed, 93-49. Cold shooting out of the gate and offensive rebound chances for Iowa Western put the Spartans in an early hole. Mataika Koyamainavure connected on several field goals to give Southwestern some offensive output, but the young Spartans could never get things going in the first half.
The second frame was much better for Southwestern, as they received a spark on both ends of the floor from Nick Lenhard (pictured). The Spartans also were more aggressive on their finishes at the basket, playing much more competitively after half.
The Spartans had a strong start to the visiting DI Iowa Western CC on Saturday, December 14. The Spartans started the game with hot shooting led by Morgan Knorr who had seven early first half points. Their early lead, however, was diminished behind poor transition defense and the Reiver’s Abigail Asoro 16 first half points.
The Spartans headed to the locker room down but with the game still in reach, 22-36. The second half the Spartans struggled to keep pace with their DI opponents, getting outscored 47-21. Darian Polson scored 12 second half points and finished the game with 18 points to lead all scorers. The Reivers took home the victory, 83-43.
Head Coach Addae Houston commented, “I was really proud of the way the team came out focused and playing hard against a really good Iowa Western team. Although we could not pull the game close again, It was really encouraging to see the way the team continued to battle and fight for 40 minutes.”
Good news keeps rolling in for the 2013 Spartan volleyball team. After their fifth place finish at the national tournament this past November, one of their members entered into an elite class of players. Cassidy Yong, the 5'5" freshman setter from Bellevue, NE, was named to the 2013 NJCAA Division II Volleyball All-Americans Second Team.
Yong’s solid ball placement from the middle and quick tips at the net contributed to the Spartans making their first trip back to the national tournament in 13 years. She is the first Spartan volleyball player to reach the All-American teams since 2007. Congratulations to Yong for this honor and the whole team on a memorable season.
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