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Created: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 8:26 am

Tuesday November 23, the Southwestern Spartan Women's Basketball Program traveled to Highland Community College in Kansas for a game against the Lady Scotties. From the tip-off, Southwestern was pushed around and bullied by a more aggressive Highland team. Using a variety of full and half-court presses, Highland forced the Spartans into 28 turnovers and less than 20% shooting from the field. On their offensive end, the Scotties used constant ball movement and dribble penetration to attack Southwestern's zone in the middle. When all was said and done, the Spartans lost 99-37.

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Created: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 9:00 am


The Spartans took on the Kansas City Kansas Community College Lady Blue Devils Monday evening in a home match-up.  At the end of the first half the Spartans were trailing by two, but with a last second shot by Jamee Miner, the Spartans pulled ahead by one point, 36-35, going into half time. After the half, both teams were going back and forth with scoring.

With 10 minutes left in the second half, the game was tied, 40-40. Again, with just under five minutes on the clock the Spartans tied the score at 51. This trend continued until the end of the half, sending the game into overtime. With both teams shooting and making three pointers, it stayed close.  With 20 seconds left on the clock, the Spartans were behind by one point though they had the possession.

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Created: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 11:50 am

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).

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Created: Monday, November 14, 2011 8:44 am

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.”

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