No. 12 NIACC women move to regional final four

Freshman Mikayla Homola converts a layup in the first half of Wednesday's tournament win over Ellsworth. Photo by Jim Zach.
Freshman Mikayla Homola converts a layup in the first half of Wednesday's tournament win over Ellsworth. Photo by Jim Zach.

MASON CITY - The No. 12 NIACC women's basketball team cruised to a 105-40 victory over Ellsworth in the opening round of the NJCAA Region XI tournament on Wednesday night in the NIACC gym.

NIACC, which led 60-16 at the half, was led by freshman Mikayla Homola with 16 points. Sophomore Taylor Laabs scored 12 points and sophomore Khalilah Holloway scored 10 points as the Lady Trojans advanced to the regional final four for the fifth straight season.

Second-seed NIACC (25-6 overall) faces Third-seed Iowa Central (17-14) in the regional semifinals at 3 p.m. on Saturday in the Kirkwood gym in Cedar Rapids. Iowa Central topped Iowa Lakes 79-74 in overtime in its first round game on Wednesday.

Top-seed Kirkwood (29-3) plays fourth-seed Southeastern (22-9) in the other semifinal at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

In Wednesday's win over Ellsworth, NIACC was 17 of 48 from 3-point range. The Lady Trojans received four 3-point goals from Laabs and nine Lady Trojans connected on at least one 3-point goals.

Laabs has 144 career 3-point goals, which is third on the school's all-time career list. Trudy Peterson (2014-16) is second on the career list with 145 3-point goals and Savannah Lentz (2014-16) is the career leader with 171 career 3s.

Also for NIACC, Holloway had eight rebounds with six steals and five assists. Freshman Kenlie Pytleski scored nine points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds. 

Wednesday's results

Kirkwood 95, Southwestern 31

Southeastern 58, DMACC 54

Iowa Central 79, Iowa Lakes 74 (OT)

NIACC 105, Ellsworth 40

Saturday's semifinals (at Cedar Rapids)

1 p.m. - Kirkwood vs. Southeastern

3 p.m. - NIACC vs. Iowa Central

Sunday's championship

1 p.m. - Semifinal winners

NIACC's 2017-18 season (25-6 overall)

NIACC 99, Illinois Central 82

NIACC 90, Bay College 61

NIACC 134, Milwaukee Area Tech 45

NIACC 121, Harper College 28

NIACC 98, Iowa Western 89

NIACC 128, Riverland CC 36

NIACC 102, Rock Valley College 76

NIACC 112, Lake Region State College 57

NIACC 105, Grand View JV 73

Northeast CC 67, NIACC 54

NIACC 111, Central CC-Columbus 51

NIACC 78, NDSCS 77 (OT)

NIACC 106, Dakota College-Bottineau 47

NIACC 122, Kalamazoo Valley CC 58

Illinois Central 66, NIACC 62

Owens CC 73, NIACC 63

NIACC 83, Southeastern CC 52

Kirkwood 68, NIACC 59

NIACC 76, Iowa Central 67

NIACC 89, Ellsworth 46

DMACC 91, NIACC 83

NIACC 94, Iowa Lakes 71

NIACC 99, Southwestern 75

NIACC 98, Southeastern 94

Kirkwood 70, NIACC 68

NIACC 93, Iowa Central 73

NIACC 99, Ellsworth 70

NIACC 110, DMACC 78

NIACC 95, Iowa Lakes 72

NIACC 103, Southwestern 54

NJCAA Region XI tournament

NIACC 105, Ellsworth 40

NIACC women's basketball team 2017-18

When NIACC                                            Then NIACC is

In November                                              9-0

In December                                              4-3

In January                                                 4-2

In February                                                6-1

In March                                                    2-0

Plays at home                                            14-1

Plays on road                                              6-3

Plays on neutral court                                  5-2

Leads at halftime                                        24-1

Trails at halftime                                        1-5

Tied at halftime                                          0-0

Plays in overtime                                        1-0

Scores less than 60 points                           0-2

Scores between 60-69 points                       0-3

Scores between 70-79 points                      2-0

Scores between 80-89 points                      2-1

Scores between 90-99 points                      9-0

Scores 100 or more points                         12-0

Allows less than 60 points                         11-0

Allows between 60-69 points                     2-3

Allows between 70-79 points                     9-2

Allows between 80-89 points                     2-0

Allows between 90-99 points                     1-1

Allows 100 or more points                        0-0

Game decided by 1-3 points                     1-1

Game decided by 4-6 points                     1-1

Game decided by 7-10 points                   2-3

Game decided by 11-14 points                 0-1

Game decided by 15+ points                   21-0

NIACC WOMEN'S SEASON SINGLE-GAME HIGHS

TEAM

Points - 134 vs. Milwaukee Area Tech (11-10-17)

3-point goals - 26 vs. Dakota College-Bottineau (12-9-17)

Rebounds - 65 vs. Riverland CC (11-21-17)

Assists - 33 vs. Milwaukee Area Tech (11-10-17)

Steals - 29 vs. Harper College (11-11-17)

INDIVIDUAL

Points - 42, Taylor Laabs vs. Southwestern (2-3-18)

3-point goals - 9, Laabs vs. Southwestern (2-3-18)

Rebounds - 16, Khalilah Holloway, twice.

Assists - 10, Kelsie Willert vs. DMACC (2-24-18)

Steals - 9, Kelsie Willert vs. Kalamazoo Valley CC (12-28-17)

 

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