DUBUQUE—The fourth quarter has not been kind to the Central College women’s basketball team in recent outings but the Dutch withstood a late University of Dubuque challenge for a 66-59 road victory Saturday.
Forward Kendall Brown swatted away another five shots, giving her 62 blocks in 21 games, breaking the school season mark of 61 set by all-American Tracy Wilson in a 29-game NCAA Division III championship campaign in 1992-93. Brown also had her fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
“Kendall is a really good help defender,” coach Joe Steinkamp said.
Up 30-28 at intermission and 51-45 after three periods, Central (7-14 overall, 3-9 American Rivers) led by as many as eight points in the second half, but Dubuque (3-19 overall, 1-12 conference) closed to within two late in the fourth quarter. But Central, which had opportunities for final-possession wins in losses to Coe Jan. 23 and Nebraska Wesleyan Wednesday, responded.
Steinkamp cited Brown’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter, her first 3-point bucket of the year, as well as an end-of-possession basket by forward Sami Craig and a pivotal three by guard Jenna Clark.
Clark had 11 points, six rebounds and three steals while Kristin Hubert had 10 points. Craig had nine points and four assists.
Steinkamp also cited forward Payton Rogers who had seven points, five rebounds and three blocks in just 13 minutes.
Central held the edge over Dubuque in shooting, 35.2 percent to 31.2, and in rebounds, 49-45.
It was Central’s first league road win in 18 games and marks the first time since 2013-14 that the Dutch have notched three conference victories.