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Created: Monday, December 19, 2011 8:46 am

The Spartan Women’s Basketball Program closed out their non-conference schedule Friday night, traveling to Austin, Minnesota to face Riverland Community College. After jumping out to an early lead, the Spartans maintained control of the game through much of the first half. Behind strong defense and efficient transition offense, Southwestern appeared to have corrected many of their woes thus far in the season. However, a lineup adjustment by Riverland allowed them to close out the first half on a big run. Offensive rebounds and strong post play allowed the home team to take a 6-point lead into the break. Although the Spartans made a run to open the second half and again in the final minutes, they simply could not match up with the size of Riverland and failed to rebound the basketball well enough on their defensive end.

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Created: Friday, December 16, 2011 9:16 am

Thursday night, the Spartan Women’s Basketball Program hosted the Iowa Western Reivers in a game dedicated to raising awareness and research funds for Alzheimer’s. After an opening address by a representative from the Alzheimer’s Association (the organization for whom all funds were raised), the action began. Iowa Western jumped out to a 7-0 lead. An early timeout by Coach Gilcrist appeared to calm his team as they fought to get back into the game at 7-6. Unfortunately, his next timeout would come with the game at 17-7 (IWCC) and the Reivers never looked back from there. After dominating the glass early, Iowa Western was able to extend their lead late in the first half as they began to get hot from the outside.

The Spartans spent the halftime break attempting to solve their offensive and defensive woes, while Coach Gilcrist also addressed the crowd concerning his personal experiences with the Alzheimer’s disease. The second half saw Southwestern play much better on both ends of the floor, especially in terms of rebounding the basketball where they allowed only a handful of second-chance points. Every time the Spartans made a run, however, Iowa Western had an answer as they continued to extend their lead and won the game 76-44.

Read more: Alzheimer’s Game Goes Against Spartans

Created: Friday, December 9, 2011 1:30 pm

The Southwestern Women’s Basketball Team traveled to Kansas City Kansas Community College last night in a rematch from the Spartans victory earlier in the season. Playing without their leading scorer, the Spartans managed to stay close throughout the first half until a late run by KCK put their lead to double-digits. At halftime, the Spartans discussed the need to keep KCK off the offensive glass and work the basketball into the paint on a more consistent basis. Unfortunately, Southwestern continued to get beat on the boards and also started to turn the ball over against ever-increasing pressure. Kansas City used their defense and translated it into transition three-point baskets and easy layups. Although Southwestern played a better offensive game in the second half, it was not enough as they fell 62-36.

Read more: Spartans Lose Chance at Sweep

Created: Thursday, December 1, 2011 11:58 am

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The Spartans took on the North Central Missouri Pirates in a battle on Wednesday evening. At the end of the first half the Spartans trailed 21-27. Despite trailing going into the half, the Spartans were far from giving up.

Six minutes into the second half, the Spartans took the lead, 31-29. After that, both teams had a long back and forth scoring, keeping the game close. With just seven minutes left, the Spartans went on a run taking a six point lead, 43-37. The Pirates upped their offense, and brought it back to being a two point game with just two minutes left.

The second half ended at 48-48, sending the girls into overtime. Going back and forth with free throws and three pointers, the Pirates managed to find the lead one last time and end the game with a final score of 52-54.

Read more: Spartans Fall Short in OT