No. 9 NIACC opens season with 99-82 win

NIACC's Taylor Laabs defends during Friday's game against Illinois Central.
NIACC's Taylor Laabs defends during Friday's game against Illinois Central.

MASON CITY - The No. 9 NIACC women's basketball team opened the season with a 99-82 victory over No. 18 Illinois Central at the Konigsmark Klassic on Friday night in the NIACC gym.

Freshman Mikayla Homola led the Lady Trojans with 22 points. Sophomore Khalilah Holloway scored 18 points and sophomore Adria Stewart scored 16 points.

Holloway also added nine rebounds and three steals. Sophomore UU Longs scored niine points and had seven rebounds and four assists.

NIACC connected on 10 3-point goals as the Lady Trojans won their season opener for the fifth straight season. Stewart and Homola both had three 3-point goals.

It is the second straight season and third in the last four seasons that NIACC has opened the season with a win over Illinois Central. The Lady Trojans stopped Illinois Central 95-76 in last season's opener.

Notes: Kelsie Willert now has 55 career 3-point goals, which is tied for 26th on the school's career list ... Willert is tied with Riley Galvin, who played for the Lady Trojans from 2015-17 ... Longs has 79 career assists, which ranks 43rd on school's career list.

NIACC 99, Illinois Central 82

Illinois Central 18 27 18 19 - 82

NIACC 27 28 23 21 - 99

Illinois Central - Faulkner 14, Williams 10, Maynard 24, Pinnock Brandford 3, Coates 12, Magro 3, Banks 10, Evans 6. Totals - 29-73 22-36 82.

NIACC - Taylor Laabs 7, UU Longs 9, Jordan Prantner 4, Adria Stewart 16, Morgan Frank 2, Cici Kieger 2, Mikayla Homola 22, Shayley Vesel 3, Lakin Joerger 3, Selena Shady 1, Laker Ward 2, Khalilah Holloway 18, Kelsie Willert 7, Kenlie Pytleski 3. Totals - 35-78 19-30 99.

3-point goals - Illinois Central (2-10): Williams 1, Magro 1. NIACC (10-34): Longs 1, Stewart 3, Homola 3, Joerger 1, Willert 1, Pytleski 1. Total fouls - Illinois Central 26, NIACC 30. Fouled out - Pinnock Brandford, Holloway.

HIGHEST SCORING TEAM GAMES IN CIOCHETTO ERA

NIACC 131, Kennedy King College 71 (11-21-15)

NIACC 116, Bryant & Stratton-Milwaukee 76 (11-5-16)

NIACC 109, Little Priest Tribal College 65 (11-11-16)

NIACC 107, Milwaukee Area Tech 66 (11-1-14)

NIACC 106, Iowa Central 90 (1-17-15)

NIACC 106, Ellsworth 59 (1-16-16)

NIACC 103, Dakota-Bottineau 64 (12-10-16)

NIACC 102, William Penn JV 61 (1-25-15)

NIACC 102, Lake Land College 68 (11-12-16)

NIACC 102, Southeastern 75 (2-25-17)

NIACC 101, Grand View JV 69 (11-8-14)

Cape Fear CC 109, NIACC 99 (3-17-16)

NIACC 99, Illinois Central 82 (11-3-17)