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WBB: Southeastern 87, NIACC 64

MASON CITY, Iowa – The NIACC women’s basketball team couldn’t contain Southeastern’s Hazaria Washington as she scored 37 points to lead the Blackhawks to a 87-64 win.

Washington, who is third in NJCAA D-II in points scored, scored 26 points in the first half off of 12-for-13 shooting, and shot 16-for-22 overall in the game.

The Trojan defense allowed the Blackhawks to shoot 52.5 percent (32-for-61).  Outside of Washington, Southeastern’s Mariah Duke had a triple-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists, and Natalia Merkolova added 16 points.

Sadie Pittman led NIACC’s scoring with 21 points.  Kika Greenlee, NIACC’s leading scorer, only played in the second half and scored 13 points.  Freshman post player Whitney Ashbrook scored a career-high 12 points.

Southeastern held NIACC to just 34.8 percent shooting (22-of-64).

The Trojans hung tough with Southeastern for most of the first half.  NIACC had the lead three times in the first ten minutes, but never held the lead again after Washington made it 19-18 with 10:07 left in the first.

Southeastern ended the first half with a 15-6 run over the last seven minutes to enter halftime up 43-30.  Washington scored nine of those 15 points.

NIACC couldn’t get closer than 10 points in the second half, and continued to shoot poorly as the game went on.  Cold shooting by the Trojans and an 11-1 run halfway through the second helped vault the Blackhawks to a lead as large as 26.

Southeastern controlled the paint for much of the game.  They scored 20 points in the paint during the second half, and held a 36-22 edge over NIACC in that stat.

NIACC is halfway through a stretch of playing the top-four teams in ICCAC.  They will continue though their tough stretch when they travel to No. 9 DMACC on Wednesday.


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