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Wildcats sweep Sodexo Tip-Off Classic

Sarah Ruiz, Staff Reporter - November 14, 12

The women’s basketball team kicked off their season with a matchup against Western State on Nov. 9. The Wildcats won their season opener by 30 points, with a final score of 71-41.

“We felt really good as a team,” redshirt freshman guard Hannah Shine said. “We were really united and had good chemistry. It was a really good team effort and everyone got to play.”

During the first half, the Wildcats put up 38 points, shooting 42.9 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free throw line.

By the end of the second half, the team had added another 33 points to the board. Junior guard Ally Schmitt led Central with a total of seven baskets made.

“They scouted our offense really well,” Schmitt said. “We had to change up our offense. We did a good job of adjusting. We changed it up and adapted and still got through it.”

The Wildcats’ next game was against the University of Illinois-Springfield.

The teams seemingly went shot-for-shot in the first half. The half ended with a score of 32-31, favoring Central.

“In the second half we really focused on our turnovers and
rebounds and I think our focusing really helped us when our game,” Shine said. “I think that helped us get more shots and helped us win overall.”

Springfield opened the half with a jumper from Meredith Marti pushing Springfield into the lead. Central wouldn’t regain the lead until a junior guard Jessica VanDyke three-pointer brought the score to 41-39 with 15 minutes and 28 seconds left in the game.

The Wildcats worked hard to get to the free throw line, attempting 28 shots in all. Central capitalized on the numerous opportunities shooting 71.4 percent for free throws for the game. In comparison, Illinois Springfield only attempted 19 free throws.

“I think at the end of the game we had Daisy make a very critical basket to seal the deal,” Schmitt said. “Jasmine sparked us at the end, had some really great takes. Jessica had a lot of hustle plays at the end of the game. Basically everyone out there did their part to make sure we won.”

Winning the first two games of their season helps set the Wildcats on their way to a season they hope leads them to the top of the GNAC conference. While the team plans to take the season game by game, they are happy to already have two wins under their belts.

“I feel like this weekend was a great start for a game,” assistant coach Carly VanDyke said. Saturday was a close game and we made adjustments and our team responded well. I think those adjustments helped us win the game. I think the sky’s the limit for them. It’s a good start; it gives us a positive vibe going into next weekend.”

After their home opener on Saturday, the Wildcats will travel to Nampa, ID. for the Hampton Inn Classic. The Wildcats face Metro State and the Academy of Art.

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