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Created: Monday, October 24, 2011 9:37 am

The Spartan women’s basketball program is pleased to announce the following schedule change: Tuesday’s final exhibition game against Graceland University has been moved to the Creston campus. The game will be played at 6 p.m.

Spartan Head Coach Brett Gilcrist commented, “I cannot begin to explain how excited I am for the opportunity to host an exhibition game on our own campus! Although our girls have played five games now, playing at home is something they have not experienced. Our first home game is November 1. This schedule change affords us the opportunity to prepare for that event in a way we otherwise could not have prepped. That being said, we need fans! Our girls need to see what it is like to play in front of a home crowd before November begins. Please come support your Spartan women’s basketball team!”

Created: Thursday, October 20, 2011 1:55 pm

The Southwestern Women's Basketball Team opened its exhibition season last night with two games at Midland University. After making the two-hour drive to Fremont, NE, the Spartans first faced the Storm from Southeast Community College in Nebraska. The game featured two guard-heavy lineups where transition offense was a constant threat. Although shooting was poor for both teams, dribble penetration allowed both sides to get good looks at the rim throughout the game. Undersized and undermanned (Southeast had two post players standing 6'0" or taller and rotated ten girls in the lineup), the ultimate detriment to the Southwestern attack was their inability to win rebounding battles and handle defensive pressure. Down four at halftime (14-18), the Spartans looked to be right in the game. Unfortunately, Southeast opened the second half on a 6-0 run and never looked back (Final score: SWCC 23, SECC 38). The Spartans were led offensively by Jamee Miner, a freshman from Omaha, NE, who scored 11 points (to go along with a team-leading three steals). Brittany Clark, also a freshman from Omaha, did her part by grabbing 11 rebounds to go along with her five points.

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Created: Thursday, October 20, 2011 1:53 pm
After a lot of sweat and heartache, the Spartans Women's Basketball Team found out that they would be losing one of their players for the upcoming season. Kylee Loftus, a freshman from Logan-Magnolia, informed the coaches Tuesday night that she would no longer be with the team. Coach Gilcrist commented, "We are sad that Kylee has decided to leave the program but we understand her decision. Kylee is very close with her family in Logan and that separation has been difficult for her. Also, she has very significant academic aspirations and she felt like the schedule required of a college student-athlete was not in her best interests in the classroom. We will support Kylee throughout her stay here at SWCC and help her continue to provide the best future for herself possible." Kylee's departure leaves the Spartans with nine players for the upcoming season. Asked if he would look to make any additions, Coach Gilcrist added, "Coach Dahlseng and I recognize that we will be short-handed and under-sized at times this season, but we could not be happier with the developing team chemistry of this group. We are excited about the commitment the current roster has shown to us and to Southwestern and we want to give them that support right back."
Created: Thursday, October 20, 2011 1:39 pm
harmsen_ryan_IMG_4089Coach Gilcrist announced the addition of his team manager Tuesday night during the season's opening press day. Ryan Harmsen, a sophomore from Osceola, will join Gilcrist and Dahlseng on the bench throughout this season. Harmsen will not only be responsible for video-taping and stat-keeping, but he will also be asked to assist with practice organization and other administrative duties necessary for the program to succeed. Coach Gilcrist had this to say about the addition, "Ryan is one of the most genuine people I know at SWCC. Having coached him last year in baseball, I know the enthusiasm and energy Ryan exhibits every single day. He will work hard for us no matter what is asked of him, and he will set that example for our girls while still having fun." Harmsen began his duties with the team a few weeks ago and will continue with the program throughout the season.