Kika Greenlee (Fr., Saint Louis Park, MN) had the most points for NIACC with 16, with a dozen of those coming in the second half. Jenna Morris (So., Radcliffe, IA) scored 13 points and Sadie Pittman (So., Cape Girardeau, MO) produced 12 points.
DMACC’s Joselyn Coleman scored 18 points and Sam Thrapp added 14 points.
NIACC (10-9 overall, 2-3 in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference) never led during the game and only tied DMACC when it was 12-12. In the first half, the Bears attacked NIACC inside and got to the foul line often to put NIACC in a 38-30 deficit at halftime. DMACC shot 10 for 13 from the free throw line while drawing nine fouls. NIACC’s Morris and Brittany Robinson (So., Shellsburg, IA) were put in foul trouble with three fouls each in the first half.
Offensively, Morris and Pittman both scored 10 points in the opening half for NIACC. Greenlee, who averages 20.4 points per game, only shot 1-for-13 in the first.
Both teams traded baskets through the first 10 minutes of the second, but DMACC built on their lead in the final 10. DMACC shot just under 52 percent in the second half and continued to attack the basket. Morris and Robinson both picked up their fourth fouls early in second, forcing the Trojans to play it safe due to their short bench.
After a three-pointer by Thrapp with less than nine minutes left to make it 56-44, NIACC never pulled within 10 points again.
The Trojans will start a three game road trip when they travel to Fort Dodge to play #3 Iowa Central on Wednesday. Tip is at 5:30.