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Published February 23, 2012 8:22 am

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Wednesday night’s game against Marshalltown Community College was the tale of two halves for the Southwestern Women’s Basketball team. After being plagued by sloppy defense and rebounding, as well as 14 turnovers and 29 percent shooting in the first half, the Spartans were able to regroup in the final 20 minutes. Down 40-20 going into the break, Coach Gilcrist urged his players to show some pride and courage in the second half. Coach commented, “That first half was absolutely terrible. We played bad in all aspects of the game and really beat ourselves. I told the girls at halftime that we had to show that we actually wanted to be at the gym today because we definitely hadn’t done that in the first 20 minutes.”

In the second half, the Spartans jumped out on a 14-3 run to open play. Southwestern would cut the lead to as few as five points twice in the second half, finding themselves down 58-54 with five minutes left in the game. After hitting a jump shot with 3:51 left and the score 64-58, the Spartans would get outscored 17-6 over the remainder of the contest.

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Published February 20, 2012 9:07 am

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A relentless attack on offensive rebounds from visiting Ellsworth doomed Southwestern 73-63 Saturday in a home ICCAC tilt.  The opening half was a see-saw affair, and the Spartans were able to fend off several Panther surges to lead 32-31 at intermission behind some mid-range field goals from Devin Kastrup and Delby Halcomb.  Ellsworth continued to use their athleticism on the glass, however, and finally got a lead for good with just over five minutes to play in the second half.  Southwestern made a few runs at the lead, but when they were forced to foul, Ellsworth was able to convert from the line for the eventual outcome. 

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Published February 20, 2012 8:53 am

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Saturday afternoon, the Southwestern Community College women’s basketball team found itself in a similar situation against Ellsworth Community College as when the two teams met back in January. The Spartans held a halftime lead in both contests, but once again failed to put the game away. Southwestern, up 30-27 at half, shot just 27% from the field after the break in falling to the Panthers 54-47. After shooting 50 percent in the first half, Southwestern could not capitalize on open looks as the Panthers continued to win the rebounding battle. Credit to the Panthers, they also took control of the game at the free throw line down the stretch. Shooting just 42% from the line on the season, freshman Annaka Olson made 5-8 while the Panthers scored 16 of their 27 second-half points at the line.

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Published February 17, 2012 3:01 pm

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CRESTON, IA—The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) women’s basketball team is joining in the fight against breast cancer on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at 5:30 p.m., in the Student Center gymnasium.  The Spartans will host Southeastern Community College in a 2012 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Pink Zone® event.  The team will be raising funds for the Greater Regional Cancer Center, in partnership with Mercy Medical Center, through the 2012 Pink Zone® initiative.

Sponsors for the SWCC Pink Zone® event include Curves, First National Bank, Great Western Bank, Greater Regional Cancer Center in partnership with Mercy Medical Center, Iowa State Savings Bank, State Savings Bank, and Wal-Mart.  Three’s Company of Creston will be donating pink headbands for the event.

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Published February 16, 2012 9:09 am

Feb15 SWCCweeklyRead this week's SWCC Weekly online student newsletter!  Articles include Pink Zone Event information, transfer day prize winners, softball raffle wrap-up, auto club apparel on sale, National TRIO Day, and transfer opportunities to the University of Iowa.

Published February 16, 2012 8:06 am

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In a rematch between the two teams, the Southwestern Spartans women’s basketball team faced the Iowa Central Tritons last night, Feb. 15, 2012, on their home floor. Although they were able to cut the margin of victory down by 15 points, the Spartans still fell to the Tritons by a final score of 82-40. The Spartans were able to score the ball more efficiently in this second matchup, but still only made 27 percent of their attempted shots. Combine that poor shooting with the 27 turnovers the Tritons forced and it is difficult to see how the Spartans managed to stay as close as they did. The recipe for success was the same for Iowa Central in game two as it was earlier this year; the Tritons two post players (Rodewald and Nagel) combined to score 44 points while also getting a double-digit effort from their shooting guard (Rolling).

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Published February 15, 2012 2:55 pm

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Southwestern women's basketball player Jamie Miner was named athlete of the week, for the week of February 13, 2012, by the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC). Miner averaged 22 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals per game. Her statistics are particularly impressive since two out of the week's three games were played against the fourth and ninth rated DII NJCAA teams in the country, Kirkwood CC and DMACC, respectively.

Head Women's Basketball Coach Brett Gilcrist commented, "Last week was a great week for SWCC basketball. Jamie receiving this award is further proof of our growth as a team and as a program."

Read the announcement on the ICCAC Web site.

Published February 14, 2012 2:10 pm

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Creston, IOWA—Two great artists, The Four Freshmen, the legendary vocal jazz/instrumental ensemble, and Nancy King, a Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist, will headline the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) 15th annual vocal jazz festival, now titled Fox Fest. Both artists will perform in concert on Friday, February 24, and Saturday, February 25, at 7:30 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center.  Limited tickets will be available to the public each night at a cost of $25 per ticket.  

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Published February 13, 2012 11:41 am

AutomotiveShirts 2012The Automotive Club is selling hats, hoodies, stocking caps, and T-shirts with the SWCC automotive logo (see photos at right).  Costs follow: beanie (black), $14; hat (black with flame), $15; hoodie (black), $30; T-shirt (black, orange, pink, or purple), $16; stocking cap (orange), $14. Pink T-shirts will include the breast cancer symbol (ribbon) and for each T-shirt purchased, $2 will be donated to the breast cancer fund.

To order, please contact Sue Claiser, automotive parts clerk, at 641.782.1306 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Orders are due by February 29, 2012.

Published February 13, 2012 10:09 am

CRESTON—Are you a high school senior looking for help completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms for college this fall?  If so, plan to attend the TRiO Educational Talent Search (ETS) program’s ninth annual Dinner & a FAFSA Night.  

ETS student participants and their parents may set individual appointments at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) in Creston on Wednesday, February 22, 2012.  Appointments will be scheduled between 4 and 7 p.m. and last approximately 30 minutes.  Students are not required to attend SWCC to register for the event.

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