Kika Greenlee (Fr., Saint Louis Park, MN) led NIACC (12-17 overall, 4-11 in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference) in scoring with 18 points, and Jenna Morris (So., Radcliffe, IA) had 14 points. Brittany Robinson (So., Shellsburg, IA) recorded her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
NIACC shot 25-for-81 from the field and 3-for-30 from behind the three point arc in the loss, but still led Ellsworth (17-12, 6-9 in the ICCAC) through the first 30 minutes of the game.
The Trojans also continued to struggle defensively in the paint by giving up 38 points in the paint. In their last game, NIACC gave up 30 points in the paint against Iowa Central.
Ellsworth sophomore Ashley McHenry was the top scorer in the game with 23 points, and Christiana Yepa scored 20 more for Ellsworth. Annaka Olsen recorded a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds.
The Trojans did a number on the offensive boards by grabbing 17 offensive rebounds, but only managed to forge 10 points off those second chances. They also forced 21 turnovers, but those only led to 12 points.
After trailing the entire first half, Ellsworth took their first lead halfway through the second half when Kelly Jo Jannings hit a pair of free throws to put the Panthers in front 47-45. Ellsworth ended the game on a 21-10 run, while NIACC shot 4-for-21 during that time.
The Trojans led by as many as 13 in the first half, but the Panthers cut the lead down to two at the break. The Panthers biggest lead was the margin of the final score.
NIACC won the earlier matchup between these two schools this season with a 61-57 win on January 28.
The Trojans will host their regular season finale on Saturday against Marshalltown Community College at 1 p.m.