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Iowa Central beats NIACC women, 89-69

MASON CITY, Iowa – Iowa Central seemed to have a game plan against NIACC: get inside the NIACC defense and take advantage of its short bench.

Mission accomplished.

The Iowa Central women (24-4 overall, 11-3 in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference) dropped NIACC 89-69 on Saturday afternoon, and controlled the paint in a big way.  NIACC (12-16, 4-10in the ICCAC) allowed three Tritons to score at least 25 points.

Forwards Mika Rodewald and Alison Nagel scored 28 and 27 points respectively for the Tritons, and were a big reason the Tritons held a 30-14 edge in the paint.  Guard Rebekah Rolling added 25 points for the Triton effort.

The Tritons also dominated the glass.  They out rebounded the Trojans 56-41 and turned 17 offensive rebounds into 17 second chance points.  Rodewald grabbed 16 boards while Nagel grabbed 13.

Kika Greenlee (Fr., Saint Louis Park, MN) came off NIACC’s very short bench to lead the Trojans in scoring with 30 points.  NIACC has only six players on their roster after losing one player this past week.

Outside of Greenlee, Jennifer Nelsen (So., Mason City, IA) hit a hot streak from three-point range in the second to score 12 points. Freshman forward Whitney Ashbrook (Fr., Fort Dodge, IA) fought to grab 11 rebounds, with six of those coming on the offensive end.  Brittany Robinson (So., Shellsburg, IA) also had 11 rebounds.

NIACC showed flashes of solid play in much of the opening half, and led by seven at one point (24-17).   The turning point came late in the first half with the Tritons outscoring NIACC 17-3 in the final 5:14 to lead 43-34 at halftime.  NIACC went 0-for-7 during that time.

The Trojans never threatened in the second half.  The Iowa Central answer to every threat was to pass it inside or attack the basket.  Rolling stepped up in the second half with 16 points for Iowa Central.

NIACC will be at home again on Wednesday to host Ellsworth Community College (16-12, 5-9).  That game has a 5:30 tipoff time.

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