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Published March 1, 2012 4:12 pm

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In an intense battle in which the Spartans did not let the fourth-ranked team nationally out of their sights, Kirkwood eventually prevailed, 60-54. Southwestern used long offensive possessions, multiple screens, and key rebounds from Trevor Kayser to get a late first-half push, going into intermission trailing 31-28.  In the second half, the Eagles pushed the lead to 9 with just more than 10 minutes to play when a Southwestern turnover led to a run-out opportunity for Kirkwood.  Marquealis Edwards then followed a three-point goal with a dribble attack and feed to Kayser to trim the lead back down.

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Published February 27, 2012 1:21 pm

Be sure to check out the Art Quilt Display by the local Arts and Fibers Club in the Southwestern Community College LRC (library) in the Instructional Center on the SWCC Creston campus.  More than 30 quilt and craft items are on display throughout the library.  The items will be available for viewing at SWCC until Wednesday, February 29.  To view photos of all items in the show, please visit the "SWCC Library" page on Facebook.

Published February 27, 2012 8:46 am

The Southwestern Community College Women’s Basketball Team traveled to Estherville, IA Saturday Feb. 25 in attempt to sweep the season series with the Iowa Lakes Community College Lakers. After scoring the opening basket of the game, however, it looked as if the Spartans might be in trouble. Both teams sat scoreless until the Lakers basket with 16:28 to go in the first half. From there, Iowa Lakes controlled much of the first half. With their largest lead sitting at 9-3 Iowa Lakes at the 13 minute mark, the two teams traded leads for the rest of the first half but the Spartans never possessed the momentum. The Lakers answered every Spartan stop with a stop of their own or answered every Spartan make with one of their own. The Spartans entered the break leading 24-23.

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Published February 27, 2012 8:26 am

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The lead changed hands several times, but in the end Southwestern seemed to run out of gas late in the second half on the road at Iowa Lakes, dropping the contest 77-65.  Southwestern led 27-26 at half, and the game stayed close for the first ten minutes of the second half.  Marquealis Edwards (pictured) paced the Spartans throughout the game on his way to a game-high 28 points, but offensive rebounding by the Lakers again spelled the demise for the Spartans, as Iowa Lakes was able to grad 13 misses, often leading to put-back scores. 

Head Coach Mike Holmes said, "Offensively, we did the things necessary to win.  Our turnovers were low, we were great at the free throw line, and 65 points should be enough for us to win at the pace in which we play.  We just went through a four-minute stretch of defensive mental mistakes, which kill you in this league." 

Southwestern hosts conference-leader Kirkwood at home Wednesday, Feb. 29.  Tip-off is 7:30 p.m.

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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