William Penn Falls 62-55 to Central

William Penn University Athletics

William Penn University Athletics

Pella–The Statesmen women’s basketball team had a great presence on the offensive glass Wednesday night, but could not overcome poor shooting in a 62-55 non-conference loss to old Iowa Conference rival Central.

William Penn (7-6) hit only 29.0% of its shots (Central was 41.8%), but 18 offensive rebounds led to a 22-2 domination in second-chance points.

The visitors were tied twice early, but failed to ever hold an advantage against the Dutch (7-1), including trailing 35-26 at halftime.

The Statesmen narrowed the deficit to four twice in the latter minutes, including at 59-55 with 1:08 left. Unfortunately, Central sealed the victory with the game’s final three points.

Dani Stahle (Sr., South Weber, Utah, History/Government & Psychology) scored a team-high 13 points and dished out three assists. Brittany May (Sr., Gladstone, Ore., Biology), with 12 points, and Vanessa Kieres (Jr., Chicago, Ill., Exercise Science), with 11, also reached double figures as both players hit three three-pointers.

Alyssa Phillips (Fr., Gurnee, Ill., Communications) fell just short of a double-double with nine points and a squad-best nine rebounds. The navy and gold edged Central 43-35 on the boards. Susan Smith (Sr., Eugene, Ore., Biology) tallied three assists as well.

Both teams were strong at the line (WPU was 12-for-16; CC was 12-for-14) and did well possessing the ball (WPU had ten turnovers; CC had nine).

“They just wanted it more tonight,” Head Coach Mike Brown said.

Next: William Penn travels to Wichita, Kan. next Tuesday to face Friends in non-conference action at 6 p.m.

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