No. 2 NIACC women cruise to regional final four

Autam Mendez led the Lady Trojans with 26 points and 16 rebounds on Wednesday.
Autam Mendez led the Lady Trojans with 26 points and 16 rebounds on Wednesday.

MASON CITY - Freshman Autam Mendez recorded her ninth double/double of the season to help lead No. 2 NIACC to a 94-56 victory over Little Priest Tribal College Wednesday in the first round of the NJCAA Region XI women's basketball tournament in the NIACC gym.

Mendez scored 26 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. The 16 rebounds is tied for third most in the Todd Ciochetto era, which started in the 2014-15 season, and was one off Mendez' career high of 17 rebounds - also against Little Priest Tribal College in January.

It is the sixth straight season that the NIACC women's basketball team has advanced to the regional final four. They will be seeking their sixth straight trip to the regional title game.

Top-seed NIACC (25-5 overall) hosts fifth-seed Iowa Central at 1 p.m. Saturday in the regional semifinals. The Tritons knocked off fourth-seed Iowa Lakes 64-55 in their regional opener on Wednesday.

The other semifinal in the NIACC gym at 3 p.m. Saturday pits second-seed Kirkwood against third-seed DMACC.

Also for the Lady Trojans on Wednesday, freshman Mandy Willems scored 20 points with five rebounds, four steals and two assists. Freshman Jada Buford scored 14 points and freshman Hallie Reese came off the bench to score nine points and grabbed six rebounds.

Wednesday's tournament results

NIACC 94, Little Priest Tribal College 56

Iowa Central 64, Iowa Lakes 55

Kirkwood 87, Southwestern 49

DMACC 73, Southeastern 70

2018-19 season (25-5 overall)

NIACC 95, Illinois Central 89 (OT)

NIACC 104, Bay College 74

NIACC 111, Marshalltown CC 65

NIACC 126, RCTC 86

Trinity Valley CC 78, NIACC 73

Johnson County CC 82, NIACC 74

NIACC 120, Kalamazoo Valley CC 70

NIACC 117, Bryant & Stratton (Wisconsin) 95

NIACC 79, Northeast CC 68

NIACC 113, Southwestern 92

NIACC 77, Bryant & Stratton (Wisconsin) 70

Illinois Central 84, NIACC 77

NIACC 88, Parkland College 76

NIACC 79, Iowa Central 62

Iowa Western 85, NIACC 56

NIACC 110, DMACC 85

Kirkwood 77, NIACC 71

NIACC 102, Southeastern 69

NIACC 116, Little Priest Tribal College 69

NIACC 119, Ellsworth 54

NIACC 99, Iowa Lakes 70

NIACC 107, Southwestern 72

NIACC 74, Iowa Central 63

NIACC 68, Kirkwood 62

NIACC 101, Little Priest Tribal College 66

NIACC 98, Iowa Lakes 74

NIACC 131, Ellsworth 56

NIACC 88, DMACC 78

NIACC 92, Southeastern 61

NJCAA Region XI tournament

NIACC 94, Little Priest Tribal College 56

THE LAST TIME NIACC ....

Scored 100 points: 131 vs. Ellsworth (2-27-19)

Had 15 3-point goals: 18 vs. Southeastern (3-2-19)

Had 50 rebounds: 72 vs. Little Priest Tribal College (3-6-19)

Had 20 assists: 20 vs. Ellsworth (2-27-19)

Had 15 steals: 29 vs. Ellsworth (2-27-19)

Beat a rated team: No. 5 NIACC 68 No. 2 Kirkwood 62 (2-9-19)

THE LAST TIME A LADY TROJAN HAD ...

50 points: 51, Trudy Peterson vs. Kennedy King College (11-21-15)

40 points: 45, Mandy Willems vs. Southeastern (3-2-19)

30 points: 32, Mandy Willems vs. DMACC (2-28-19)

10 3-point goals: 13, Mandy Willems vs. Southeastern (3-2-19)

5 3-point goals: 5, Autam Mendez vs. Little Priest Tribal College (3-6-19)

10 rebounds: 10, Autam Mendez vs. Southeastern (3-2-19)

15 rebounds: 16, Autam Mendez vs. Little Priest Tribal College (3-6-19)

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

10 steals: 11, Jada Buford vs. Marshalltown CC (11-9-18)

5 steals: 6, Autam Mendez vs. DMACC (2-28-19)

10 blocks: 10, Anna Eckert vs. DMACC (3-5-16)

Double/double: Autam Mendez 26 points/16 rebounds vs. Little Priest Tribal College (3-6-19)

NJCAA Divison II results
March 19, 2019 NJCAA Divison II results
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