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Created: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 8:16 am

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.”

Created: Monday, October 24, 2011 1:44 pm

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.

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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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