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Central Women Stifle Luther, Men Fall

Both Central basketball teams broke out of their recent offensive slumps Saturday against Luther. The women prevailed in their contest 81 – 69. It was slow going in the beginning, with each team missing shots from right under the basket, before Central went on a nice little run to take a 12 point lead into the half, and never look back. Offensive rebounds were a problem for the Dutch, getting out-rebounded 20 – 12 on the glass in that category, but fortunately for Central, the Norse could not take advantage of any put-backs. Central’s bench also stepped up big, scoring 38 of their 81 points, led by 18 from Courtney Kelderman who was 6 – 10 from beyond the arc. Nicole Strasko also tallied a double-double with 11 points and ten boards. The Dutch women are now 8 – 6 overall and 1 – 2 in the Iowa Conference. Over on the men’s side, they couldn’t push a ten point first half lead out any further, as Luther prevailed 75 – 66. The Dutch men had no answer for Zach Matos who had 28 points, 20 of which came in the first 20 minutes. Central got as close as three late in the game, but Luther’s offense was too much for the Dutch who are now 7 – 6 overall and remain winless in conference play at 0 – 3. Central stays at home to face Dubuque next on Wednesday.