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From the NIACC Athletic Department –

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

What’s next: The No. 1 NIACC women’s basketball team (22-2 overall, 11-0 in the ICCAC) returns to action Wednesday at Iowa Lakes (5-20, 2-9) in an ICCAC contest. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.

Last time out: NIACC topped Marshalltown 92-68 for its 16th straight regular-season ICCAC victory and improved to 12-0 at home this season on Feb. 8.

Sophomore Chelsey Jacox led the Lady Trojans with 23 points and 7 assists and sophomore Morgan Walker scored 14 points with a career-high 16 rebounds.

For the record: NIACC averages 95.9 points per game, which leads all NJCAA Division II teams. The Lady Trojans lead the nation with 255 3-point goals, rank second in steals per game (16.9), rank fourth in assists per game (19.7) and rank fifth in free-throw percentage (70.0 percent).

Lady Trojan tidbits: Sophomore Chelsey Jacox averages 21.8 points per game (2nd in ICCAC, 6th in NJCAA Division II) and has 128 assists (2nd in ICCAC, 9th in NJCAA Division II) and 61 steals (3rd in ICCAC, 32nd in NJCAA Division II) … Freshman Cortni Rush averages 14.6 points per game (7th in ICCAC), 7.2 rebounds per game (8th in ICCAC), has 61 steals (1st in ICCAC, 26th in NJCAA Division II) and 52 3-point goals (tied for 2nd in ICCAC, tied for 16th in NJCAA Division II) … Sophomore Lateeka Thompson has 66 steals (1st in ICCAC, 20th in NJCAA Division II) … Sophomore Morgan Walker averages 6.5 rebounds per game (11th in ICCAC) … Sophomore Emily Bell has 52 3-point goals (tied for 2nd in ICCAC, tied for 16th in NJCAA Division II) … Sophomore Kadejah Young has 48 3-point goals (5th in ICCAC, 25th in NJCAA Division II).

MEN’S BASKETBALL

What’s next: The NIACC men’s basketball team (18-7 overall, 5-4 in the ICCAC) returns to action Wednesday at Iowa Lakes (15-7, 6-3). Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

Last time out: NIACC dropped a 73-58 decision to Kirkwood on Feb. 5. Sophomore David Humphries scored 19 points to lead the Trojans and Al Davis scored 12 points.

For the record: NIACC averages 86.9 points per game, which ranks 22nd among NJCAA Division II teams. The Trojans have 203 3-point goals (8th in NJCAA Division II) … Humphries averages 22.8 points per game, which ranks 16th among NJCAA Division II players and 1st in the ICCAC.

Trojan tidbits: Humphries averages 8.4 rebounds per game (2nd in ICCAC), has 77 assists (11th in ICCAC), 51 steals (1st in ICCAC) and 64 3-point goals (2nd in ICCAC, tied for 9th in NJCAA Division II) … Sophomore Matthew Don averages 8.2 rebounds per game (2nd in ICCAC) and has 21 blocked shots (4th in ICCAC) … Freshman Al Davis has 115 assists (3rd in ICCAC, tied for 25th in NJCAA Division II and 50 steals (2nd in ICCAC) … Sophomore Sam Skogen has 82 assists (8th in ICCAC) and 35 steals (tied for 7th in ICCAC).

Career numbers: Humphries has 1,102 points, which ranks fourth all-time in NIACC history … Ryan Pippett (1994-96) ranks third with 1,150 career points … Humphries has 129 career 3-point goals, which ranks 5th on the school’s all-time list …. Chris Davis (2011-13) ranks fourth with 146 career 3-point goals.

WRESTLING

What’s next: The No. 7 NIACC wrestling team returns to action at the NJCAA North Central District meet Sunday in Spencer.

Last time out: NIACC dropped a 24-18 decision to No. 14 Iowa Lakes on Feb. 6.
Latest rankings (Feb. 7 by the NJCAA Wrestling Coaches Association): Freshman Nosomy Pozo, 9th at 149 pounds; freshman Yoanse Mejias, 3rd at 157 pounds; sophomore Sha-Keno Jenkins, 7th at 165 pounds; sophomore Thomas Daniels, 5th at 174 pounds; freshman Andy Glaser, 12th at 184 pounds; sophomore Shakheim Chapman, 1st at 197 pounds.

For the record: Mejias is 28-2; Chapman is 16-2, Pozo is 17-2, Daniels is 11-6, Jenkins is 10-6, Blake Spotts (141) is 13-7, Glaser is 16-8 and Tristan Luther (165) is 15-8.

INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD

What’s next: The NIACC track and field teams return to action Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Invitational.

Last time out: Freshman Hannah Palmeter placed second at the Grinnell Invitational on Feb. 8 in 10 minutes, 35.71 seconds to qualify for the NJCAA national indoor meet. and freshman Rellie Kaputin broke her own school record with a first-place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 38 feet, 8 ¼ inches.

Women’s NJCAA national qualifiers: 800-meter run – Hannah Palmeter, 2:21.90; Lindsay Brunson, 2:25.56. 3,000 – Palmeter, 10:35.71. Distance medley relay – NIACC, 13:01.30. High jump – Rellie Kaputin, 5-4 ¼. Long jump – Kaputin, 18-4 ¼. Triple jump – Kaputin, 38-8 ¼. Shot put – LaBrisha Michael, 45-4 ¼.
Men’s NJCAA national qualifiers: 60 – Deon Polk, 6.99. 800 – Alex Blomquist, 1:59.00. 1,000 – Blomquist, 2:38.92. 60 hurdles – Will Hanson, 8.10.

Where the NIACC men rank nationally: 60 – T.37. Polk, 6.99. 60 hurdles – T3. Hanson, 8.10. 800 – 35. Blomquist, 1:59.00. 1,000 – 34. Blomquist, 2:38.62. 3,000 – 20. John-Ross Tangi, 9:03.66; 21. Jamie Zarate, 9:04.80. 5,000 – 15. Tangi, 15:54.52; 22. Zarate, 16:18.08.

Where the NIACC women rank nationally: 800 – 16. Palmeter, 2:21.90; 27. Brunson, 2:25.56. 1,000 – 38. Emmorie Stokka, 3:31.43. Mile – 37. Stokka, 5:52.57. 3,000 – 7. Palmeter, 10:35.71; 29. Stephanie Faught, 11:40.80. 5,000 – 20. Faught, 20:27.38. 4×400 relay – 23. NIACC, 4:18.91. Distance medley relay – 5. NIACC, 13:01.30. High jump – T3. Kaputin, 5-4 1/4. Long jump – 8. Kaputin, 18-4 ¼. Triple jump – 3. Kaputin, 38-8 1/4. Shot put – 4. Michael, 45-4 1/4.

BASEBALL

What’s next: The No. 8 NIACC baseball team opens its season Friday with a pair of games at the Flag City Classic in Millington, Tenn. The Trojans play Lincoln Trail College (Illinois) at 11 a.m. and Holmes Community College (Mississippi) at 1:30 p.m.

SOFTBALL

What’s next: The NIACC softball team opens its season Feb. 28 with a doubleheader at Rochester Community and Technical College. The twinbill will be played in the Rochester Dome.

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