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The Spartan Women’s Basketball Team began the season this weekend with two contests. Friday night, the squad faced off against Fort Scott Community College in game two of the inaugural Gladbach Greyhound Classic (named for Jim Gladbach, longtime supporter of women’s basketball). The contest between the two teams was close throughout, although Fort Scott pulled away late in the second half for a 56-45 victory. Both teams struggled offensively to find their shots and take care of the ball (both shot less than 40 percent from the floor and turned the ball over a combined 45 times), but neither group ever stopped competing. Down four at halftime, the Spartans knew Fort Scott would make a run to begin the second half. They were initially able to stay in the game, but increased defensive pressure from the Greyhounds forced the Spartans out of their offensive rhythm. Southwestern was able to get back within five points with about six minutes remaining but Fort Scott took control from there. Southwestern was led for the night by freshman Jamee Miner who scored a team-high 14 points, grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, had a team-high four assists and finished second on the team with three steals. Sophomore transfer Kristine Smith did her part to help the Spartans' cause by chipping in 12 points and snatching a team-high four steals.
The Spartans Women’s Basketball Program played its final exhibition game before the start of the regular season last night against Graceland University. Southwestern fell behind quickly at the start of the game behind full-court pressure from Graceland and some hot early shooting. A timeout with 15 minutes left in the half calmed the ladies down as they quickly cut into the deficit and spent the rest of the half battling from behind. Coach Gilcrist commented, “I realize we were down 15 at halftime, but I could not have been happier with how we competed in the first half. We staked them to an early lead with our lack of execution and inability to handle pressure. We fought back and we did a great job of running our offense and playing team defense. We had seven straight stops on the defensive end in the first half, a team high for us this season!” Much like the second-halves in their previous games, this one found Southwestern slow of foot and unable to provide any sort of threat on either end of the floor early on. However, the ladies overcame the adversity and really started to find a rhythm again in the second half. Graceland got their post players more involved early on, but Southwestern slowly forced them to work the ball back outside the three-point line. In the end, the Spartans did not have the depth or fire-power to keep up with Graceland. Coach Gilcrist added, “We did not execute perfectly, handing the ball over 21 times while only forcing seven steals, but we rebounded better (26 on the night) and really showed that we could play man-to-man defense for 40 minutes. Our offensive execution was not perfect, but we finally becoming more consistent in our looks. Overall, Coach Dahlseng and I were very pleased with our effort and continued improvement.” The Spartans were led offensively by freshman Jamee Miner (of Omaha, NE) and sophomore Kristine Smith (of Webster City, IA) who scored 16 points apiece. Sophomore Heylee Horn led Southwestern with seven rebounds while Miner chipped in with three steals. The Spartans will now break until opening up the regular season on Tuesday, November 1, at home against Kansas City Kansas Community College.
Saturday morning, the Spartans suffered a loss they weren’t prepared to deal with. Freshman Hannah Sneed, from Council Bluffs St. Albert, intercepted a pass against College of Saint Mary only to feel her foot “pop” while attempting to turn up-court. After seeing the doctor yesterday, it was discovered that Sneed had broken her foot. The doctors have set a six-week recovery period before she can return to action. Coach Gilcrist commented, “Hannah is one of the most intense competitors we have on this team. We will miss her skill level certainly, but her on-court communication may be even more important to our team. These next six weeks will challenge our depth, but it will also provide opportunities for other players to step into new roles. Furthermore, when Hannah does come back it will just before our conference season begins so it will be a nice mid-season addition. We will support Hannah through this difficult recovery and look forward to having her join the team again as soon as possible.”
After opening up the exhibition season with two games Wednesday night, the long jaunt continued for the Spartans Women's Basketball Program this weekend. Three games in two days (in three different cities) tested the determination and courage of all the players. The ladies opened up play Friday night at Doane College in Crete, NE. Facing a senior-laden lineup, the Spartans struggled to maintain their composure against the stifling press Doane played most of the game. Missed layups and free throws kept Southwestern from staying in the game as well. Offensively, however, Coaches Brett Gilcrist and Amanda Dahlseng were encouraged by the number of open shot opportunities the ladies created for themselves. Defensively, the Spartans were forced to play a 2-3 zone much of the game due to mismatch problems inside; the coaches were excited about how well the girls played considering how little the team has practiced the zone. The game was defined by the following box score: the Spartans turned the ball over 28 times and only managed to collect 16 rebounds. The Spartans were balanced offensively, led by sophomore Kristine Smith (transfer from Ellsworth CC) who scored 12 points, followed by freshman Alyssa Lockhart with 10 points and sophomore Heylee Horn with nine points. Smith and freshman Brittany Clark led the Spartans with four rebounds apiece, while freshman Jamee Miner collected nine steals on the night.