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No. 13 NIACC hosts No. 15 DMACC in regional title game


This news story was published on March 5, 2016.
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niacc_trojans_logoMASON CITY – The No. 13 NIACC women’s basketball team is seeking its second trip to the national tournament in three years.

NIACC (21-10) hosts No. 15 DMACC (26-6 in the NJCAA Region XI title game at 1 p.m. Saturday in the NIACC gym.

NIACC advanced to the regional title game with a 67-54 victory over Iowa Central on Thursday. DMACC upset No. 3 Kirkwood 66-54 in its regional semifinal game Thursday.

NIACC, which is seeking its eighth trip to the national tournament, is 7-2 in regional title games. NIACC won the 2014 regional tournament and placed third at the national tournament and the Lady Trojans dropped a 78-67 decision to Kirkwood in last season’s regional final.

DMACC is seeking its first trip to the national women’s basketball tournament. The Bears advanced and lost in the regional title game in 2007 and 2011.

NIACC and DMACC split their two regular season contests this season. DMACC won 83-75 on Jan. 20 in Boone and the Lady Trojans won 64-52 on Feb. 17 in Mason City.

Up next: The winner of today’s regional title contest advances to the NJCAA Division II national tournament March 15-19 at Johnson County CC in Overland Park, Kan.

Lady Trojan tidbits: Savannah Lentz has 158 career 3-point goals, most in NIACC women’s history … Trudy Peterson ranks second on career 3-point list with 130 … Lentz has 641 career points (23rd on school’s career list) … Peterson has 576 career points (26th on school’s career list) … Miller has 339 career rebounds (tied for 16th on school’s career list) … Peterson has 386 points this season (30th on school’s single-season list) … Sproul has 377 points this season (33rd on school’s single-season list) … Peterson has 88 3-point goals this season (2nd on school’s single-season list) … Lentz has 74 3-point goals this season (7th on school’s single-season list) … Sammie Sproul has 110 assists (16th on school’s single-season list) … Sproul has 101 steals this season (12th on school’s single-season list) … Diamond Miller has 174 rebounds this season (38th on school’s single-season list).

Saturday’s title game
DMACC at NIACC, 1 p.m.
Thursday’s semifinal results
DMACC 66, Kirkwood 54
NIACC 67, Iowa Central 54
Tuesday’s first-round results
Kirkwood 103, Ellsworth 51
DMACC 82, Iowa Lakes 56
Iowa Central 64, Southeastern 59
NIACC 77, Southwestern 45

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