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Southwestern Community College battled with William Penn JV on the road last night in Oskaloosa. In a game that featured poor shooting and offensive execution in the first half, neither team failed to provide drama and excitement in the second half. After falling behind 21-17 in the first half, Southwestern stormed back to score 40 points in the second half on 15 of 26 shooting (58 percent) to put the Spartans on top at the final buzzer, 57-56. While fighting a deficit that reached as high as 11 points, the Spartan backcourt of Freshman Jamee Miner and Sophomore Kristine Smith brought the team back. The duo combined for 49 of the team’s points, led by Smith’s 25 points on 10 of 17 (59 percent) from the field. The real momentum, however, began to sway when the Spartans switched to a box-and-one zone defense that neutralized the hot shooter from William Penn and allowed Southwestern to attack the glass. Southwestern was led in rebounding by Freshman Brittany Clark who had 13 and Sophomore Amber Thomas who collected 12. The Spartans set a season-low with 11 turnovers, while setting season-highs in rebounding (42), assists (eight), and blocks (six).
On Friday night, the Lady Spartans traveled down to North Central Missouri College to face the Pirates. The game was ultimately defined by the first five minutes of play wherein Southwestern was held scoreless as North Central opened up a double-digit advantage. Coach Gilcrist commented, “Coming into the game, we knew they liked to feed the ball inside and really let their post players work. Unfortunately, it took us too long to recognize the urgency with which we needed to start closing out their shooters.”
Saturday afternoon the Southwestern Women’s Basketball team faced its toughest test of this young season. They played preseason #4 (fifth place tournament finisher from a year ago) Johnson County Community College. Knowing the quality of depth and athleticism they would have, Coach Gilcrist said, “We knew for us to be competitive, we had to force them to take outside shots and we had to rebound. We also understood the importance of taking care of the ball.”
On Wednesday evening the Spartan women took the court against William Penn University JV. After taking an early lead, the Spartans fought through the first half to hold that lead and went into the break up by three (30-27). The start of the second half, the Spartans found themselves battling a much more aggressive William Penn team. The Statesmen, who relied heavily on the three-point shot early, started to create mismatch problems for the Spartans by moving the ball in and out the rest of the game. Early foul trouble by the Southwestern point guard, Jamee Miner, forced the Spartans to play much of the game with several players out of position and in unfamiliar roles. The Spartans soon found themselves struggling to hold onto the lead and having little luck in regaining any momentum. Final score for the game was 60-65 in favor of the Statesmen.