By: Brady Behrend
The Coe College Kohawks hosted the Central Dutch for on Saturday afternoon for a women’s and men’s basketball game.
The Kohawk women got on the board first in the first quarter with a three-point shot. However, the Dutch took over from there, ending the first quarter up 22-12 while shooting 53 percent from the field. The Kohawk women tried to battle back in the second quarter, but could not make up the ground. The Dutch never looked back, winning the game 67-53.
The Kohawk women shot 32.2 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from the three-point line while the Dutch shot 46.3 percent from the field and 30 percent from the three-point line.
Sophomore guard Katie Wilhelmi led the Kohawk women in points, scoring 12. She also had three rebounds and four steals. Freshman guard Elle Walker scored 9 points for the Kohawks, making her the second-leading scorer. Sophomore center Kaalyn Petersen scored five points and she racked up nine rebounds.
This loss drops the Kohawk women to a 6-14 record overall and 3-8 in the conference.
The Kohawks men came out strong in the first half, taking a 6-2 lead early in the game. The Dutch battled back to make the score 25-19, but the Kohawk men ended the half on a 23-7 run topped off by a buzzer-beating three by Senior guard Jacob Robertson. The Kohawk men lead by a score of 48-26 going into halftime.
The second half told more of the same story as the Kohawk men never let the Dutch make the score close. The Kohawk men would ultimately win the game by a score of 85-59.
The Kohawk men held the Dutch to shooting 32.2 percent from the field and 17.4 percent from the three-point line while shooting 48.6 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from the three-point line themselves.
Four Kohawk men scored double digits in the win. Senior forward Jarad Kruse led the team in scoring with 20 points while also pulling down six rebounds. Sophomore guard Cael Schmitt and senior forward Ray Thrapp both scored 13 points. Thrapp secured seven rebounds as well. Robertson rounds out the double-digit scorers with 12 points and six rebounds.
This win moves the Kohawk men to a 15-5 record overall and 7-4 in the conference. The Kohawks next game is in Dubuque for a game at Loras College.