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NIACC sports update

MASON CITY – The following information is from the NIACC Athletic Department:

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

What’s next: The No. 2 NIACC women’s basketball team (20-2 overall, 9-0 in the ICCAC) returns to action Wednesday at No. 3 Kirkwood (18-4, 7-2) in an ICCAC contest. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.

NIACC topped Kirkwood 115-111 in overtime on Dec. 14 to snap a 28-game losing streak to the Eagles. It was the first win by the Lady Trojans over Kirkwood since Feb. 16, 2000 when they won, 59-49.

Last time out: NIACC topped DMACC 99-61 for its 14th straight regular-season ICCAC victory. Sophomore Chelsey Jacox led the Lady Trojans with 21 points, nine assists, eight rebounds and three steals.

For the record: NIACC averages 96.3 points per game, which leads all NJCAA Division II teams. The Lady Trojans lead the nation with 235 3-point goals, rank second in assists per game (19.7) and steals per game (16.6) and ranks sixth in free-throw percentage (70.1 percent).

Lady Trojan tidbits: Sophomore Chelsey Jacox averages 21.2 points per game (2nd in ICCAC) and has 116 assists (1st in ICCAC) and 55 steals (3rd in ICCAC) … Freshman Cortni Rush 61 steals (1st in ICCAC) and 47 3-point goals (3rd in ICCAC) … Sophomore Lateeka Thompson has 56 steals (2nd in ICCAC) … Sophomore Emily Bell has 49 3-point goals (2nd in ICCAC) … Sophomore Kadejah Young has 44 3-point goals (5th in ICCAC).

Career numbers: Jacox has 816 points, 228 assists, which ranks 5th in school history and 122 steals … Thompson has 689 points, 298 rebounds, 123 assists and 130 steals … Young has 495 points, 104 assists, 92 steals and 83 3-point goals … Morgan Walker has 288 points and 200 rebounds … Bell has 82 3-point goals.

A new No. 1? Top-ranked Johnson County CC (Kansas) dropped a 71-68 decision to No. 5 Highland CC (Kansas) on Jan. 29. Johnson County and Highland are both 22-1.

Johnson County and Kirkwood were the only teams in the top 10 to lose last week. The NJCAA Division II women’s poll is released on Wednesday.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

What’s next: The NIACC men’s basketball team (18-6 overall, 5-3 in the ICCAC) returns to action Wednesday at Kirkwood (14-7, 5-3). Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

Last time out: NIACC split a pair of contests last weekend. The Trojans dropped a 84-63 decision to No. 12 DMACC and stopped the Wartburg College junior varsity 92-68.

For the record: NIACC averages 88.1 points per game, which ranks 20th among NJCAA Division II teams. The Trojans have 197 3-point goals (7th in NJCAA Division II) … Humphries averages 23.0 points per game, which ranks 16th among NJCAA Division II players and is tied for second in the ICCAC.

Trojan tidbits: Sophomore Matthew Don averages 8.2 rebounds per game (2nd in ICCAC) and has 21 blocked shots (4th in ICCAC) … Humphries averages 8.1 rebounds per game (tied for 2nd in ICCAC) and has 50 steals with freshman teammate Al Davis (tied for 1st in ICCAC) … Davis has 111 assists (2nd in ICCAC) … Sophomore Sam Skogen has 82 assists (5th in ICCAC) and 34 steals (6th in ICCAC).

Career numbers: Humphries has 1,083 points, which ranks fifth all-time in NIACC history, 397 rebounds, 197 assists, 116 steals and 126 3-point goals, which ranks fifth all-time in school history … Skogen has 604 points, 157 assists and 77 steals … Don has 530 points and 387 rebounds.

WRESTLING

What’s next: The No. 7 NIACC wrestling team (7-3 in duals) returns to action Thursday in a dual meet at Iowa Lakes in Estherville. NIACC wrestles at the NJCAA North Central District meet on Feb. 16 in Spencer.

Last time out: NIACC dropped a 24-18 decision to Iowa Central last Friday. The Trojans picked up wins from Blake Spotts (141), Nosomy Pozo (149), Yoanse Mejias (157), Thomas Daniels (174) and Andy Glaser (184).

For the record: Mejias (157 pounds) is 27-2; sophomore Shakheim Chapman (197) is 16-2, Pozo (149) is 16-2, Spotts (141) is 12-7, Tristan Luther (165) is 15-8 and Daniels (174) is 11-5.

INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD

What’s next: The NIACC track and field teams return to action Saturday at the Grinnell Invitational in Grinnell.

Last time out: The NIACC women’s track and field team set five school records at the Minnesota State Open on Saturday in Mankato, Minn. Setting records for the Lady Trojans were freshman Rellie Kaputin in the high jump (5 foot, 4 ¼ inches), freshman LaBrisha Michael in the shot put (45-0 ¾), freshman Adrine Monagi in the 60-meter dash (7.99 seconds) and the 200 (27.02) and freshman Hannah Palmeter in the 800 (2:21.90).

Where the NIACC men rank nationally: 60 hurdles – 3. Will Hanson, 8.10. 3,000 – 20. Jamie Zarate, 9:11.29. 5,000 – 10. John-Ross Tangi, 15:54.52; 18. Zarate, 16:18.08.

Where the NIACC women rank nationally: 800 – 12. Hannah Palmeter, 2:21.90. 3,000 – 11. Hannah Palmeter, 11:03.24; 23. Stephanie Faught, 11:40.80. 5,000 – 18. Faught, 20:27.38. 4×400 relay – 18. NIACC, 4:18.91. Distance medley relay – 4. NIACC, 13:01.30. High jump – T2. Rellie Kaputin, 5-4 1/4. Long jump – 6. Kaputin, 18-4 ¼. Triple jump – 10. Kaputin, 37-1. Shot put – 4. LaBrisha Michael, 45-4 1/4.

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