No. 12 NIACC rolls to regional final

NIACC's Morgan Frank shoots a layup in Saturday's regional semifinal against Iowa Central.
NIACC's Morgan Frank shoots a layup in Saturday's regional semifinal against Iowa Central.

CEDAR RAPIDS - They're back.

For the fifth straight season, the NIACC women's basketball team will be playing in the regional final.

No. 12 NIACC cruised to a 93-61 victory over Iowa Central Saturday afternoon in the NJCAA Region XI semifinals on the Kirkwood campus. Sophomore Kelsie Willert and freshman Mikayla Homola both scored 14 points to lead the Lady Trojans.

Second-seed NIACC (26-6) faces top-seed Kirkwood at 1 p.m. Sunday in the regional final. Kirkwood stopped fourth-seed Southeastern 59-52 in the other regional semifinal on Saturday.

No. 2 Kirkwood (30-3) won both regular season contests against NIACC. The Eagles won 68-59 on Jan. 17 in Cedar Rapids and 70-68 in Mason City on Feb. 14.

In its previous four consecutive trips to the regional final, the Lady Trojans have qualified for the national tournament twice (2014 and 2016).

In the other two trips to the regional title game, the Lady Trojans have bowed out to Kirkwood on the Eagles' home floor.

In Saturday's semifinal victory, NIACC, which has won eight straight against Iowa Central, led 58-35 at the half.

Also for NIACC, Adria Stewart scored 12 points and UU Longs scored 11 points.

Khalilah Holloway led NIACC with eight rebounds and Laabs dished out six assists.

Saturday's game was the seventh straight game that the Lady Trojans have scored at least 93 points in a game. The last time the Lady Trojans were held under 93 points was in the 70-68 loss to Kirkwood on Feb. 14.

Saturday's semifinal results

Kirkwood 59, Southeastern 52

NIACC 93, Iowa Central 61

Sunday's championship (At Cedar Rapids)

1 p.m. - NIACC (26-6) vs. Kirkwood (30-3)

NIACC's 2017-18 season (26-6 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 93, Iowa Central 61

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                                                    3-0

Plays at home                                            14-1

Plays on road                                              6-3

Plays on neutral court                                  6-2

Leads at halftime                                        25-1

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                      10-0

Scores 100 or more points                         12-0

Allows less than 60 points                         11-0

Allows between 60-69 points                     3-3

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                   22-0

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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