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Created: Monday, January 9, 2012 8:23 am

The Southwestern Community College Women’s Basketball team traveled to Mason City this Saturday to face the Trojans of North Iowa Area Community College. At 10-5 entering the contest, the Trojans posed an interesting matchup for the Spartans in their first taste of conference action on the road. Determined to play with much more consistency on both ends of the floor, the Spartan Women came out with tons of energy and explosiveness. Jumping out to a 9-2 lead in the first five minutes of action, the Spartans failed to capitalize of several more scoring opportunities that might have widened that gap and dampened the NIACC spirits. Instead, with 14:58 left in the first half, NIACC seized control of the game and never looked back. With pressure defense and sharp shooting, the Trojans went on a 15-0 run at one point, forcing five straight turnovers on their defensive end of the floor. They took a commanding 38-19 lead into the halftime break.

Read more: Spartans Fall to 0-2 in Conference

Created: Thursday, January 5, 2012 8:23 am

Last night marked the first conference game for Coach Gilcrist and the 2011-2012 Southwestern Women’s Basketball Team. Facing 14th-ranked Kirkwood Community College, the Spartans were outgunned from the tip. After trading three point baskets to open the game, the Eagles from Kirkwood continued to have great success from beyond the arc while Southwestern struggled to find any easy shots. Kirkwood used a 2-2-1 three-quarter court press to stymie the Spartan transition game and jumped out to a quick 24-3 lead with almost 15 minutes still left in the first half.

Read more: Spartans Open Conference Play With Loss

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.

Read more: Spartans Fall In Non-Conference Finale

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