No. 3 NIACC women stop Grand View JV, 96-91

Autam Mendez heads to the basket during Saturday's game against the Grand View JV.
Autam Mendez heads to the basket during Saturday's game against the Grand View JV.

MASON CITY - The NIACC women's basketball team rallied from a 20-point deficit in the third quarter to claim a 96-91 victory over the Grand View Junior Varsity on Saturday afternoon at the NIACC Thanksgiving Challenge.

NIACC (8-0 overall) trailed 71-51 with 3:43 left in the third quarter and outscored the Vikings 45-20 the rest of the way to claim its 22nd straight home victory. The Lady Trojans won their last three home games in the 2017-18 season, were 15-0 at home in the 2018-19 season and are 4-0 at home this season.

The last time the NIACC women lost at home was a 70-68 decision to Kirkwood on Feb. 14, 2018.

Sophomore Autam Mendez led NIACC with 27 points and 11 rebounds. The Lady Trojans also received a double/double from freshman Sierra Morrow with 18 points and 11 rebounds and 18 points from freshman Sierra Lynch.

Mendez now has nine career double/doubles. Morrow has two double/doubles this season as her first was actually a triple/double against Marshalltown CC on Nov. 9.

NIACC returns to action at 1 p.m. Sunday against Central CC-Columbus at the NIACC Thanksgiving Challenge. The Lady Trojans will be seeking to match last year's 9-0 start with a victory on Sunday.

NIACC's 2019-20 season (8-0 overall)

NIACC 97, Grand View JV 86

NIACC 87, Bryant & Stratton (Wis.) 82

NIACC 82, Illinois Central 81

NIACC 91, Marshalltown CC 38

NIACC 89, Iowa Western 63

NIACC 92, Central CC (Neb.) 39

NIACC 77, Northeast CC 66

NIACC 96, Grand View JV 91

2019-20 TEAM SEASON HIGHS

Points - 97 vs. Grand View JV (11-1-19)

3-point goals - 17 vs. Central CC (Neb.) 17 (11-22-19)

Rebounds - 60 vs. Grand View JV (11-30-19)

Assists - 25 vs. Marshalltown CC (11-9-19)

Steals - 22 vs. Central CC (Neb.) (11-22-19)

Blocks - 16 vs. Marshalltown CC (11-9-19)

2019-20 INDIVIDUAL SEASON HIGHS

Points - 27, Autam Mendez vs. Grand View JV (11-30-19)

3-point goals - 7, Kelcie Hale vs. Bryant & Stratton (Wis.) (11-2-19); 7, Autam Mendez vs. Central CC (Neb.) (11-22-19)

Rebounds - 12, Sierra Lynch vs. Bryant & Stratton (Wis.) (11-2-19)

Assists - 10, Kelcie Hale vs. Marshalltown CC (11-9-19)

Steals - 5, Kelcie Hale vs. Bryant & Stratton (Wis.) (11-2-19)

Blocks - 13, Sierra Morrow vs. Marshalltown CC (11-9-19)

NIACC Women's basketball team 2019-20

When NIACC                                                   Then NIACC is

In November                                                    8-0

Plays at home                                                  4-0

Plays on road                                                   0-0

Plays on neutral court                                       4-0

Leads at halftime                                              4-0

Trails at halftime                                               4-0

Tied at halftime                                                 0-0

Plays in overtime                                               0-0

Scores less than 60 points                                 0-0

Scores between 60-69 points                             0-0

Scores between 70-79 points                             1-0

Scores between 80-89 points                             3-0

Scores between 90-99 points                             4-0

Scores 100 or more points                                 0-0

Allows less than 60 points                                 2-0

Allows between 60-69 points                             2-0

Allows between 70-79 points                             0-0

Allows between 80-89 points                             3-0

Allows between 90-99 points                             1-0

Allows 100 or more points                                 0-0

Game decided by 1-3 points                               1-0

Game decided by 4-6 points                               2-0

Game decided by 7-10 points                             1-0

Game decided by 11-14 points                           1-0

Game decided by 15+ points                             3-0

THE LAST TIME NIACC ....

Scored 100 points: 105 vs. Cape Fear College (3-20-19) - NJCAA Division II national tournament

Had 15 3-point goals: 17 vs. Central CC (11-22-19)

Had 50 rebounds: 60 vs. Grand View JV (11-30-19)

Had 20 assists: 21 vs. Central CC (11-22-19)

Had 15 steals: 22 vs. Central CC (11-22-19)

Beat a rated team: No. 9 NIACC 68 No. 5 Illinois Central (11-8-19)

Lost at home: Kirkwood 70, NIACc 68 (2-14-18)

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: 34, Jada Buford vs. Cape Fear College (3-20-19) - NJCAA Division II national tournament

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

5 3-point goals: 7, Autam Mendez vs. Central CC (11-22-19)

10 rebounds: 11, Autam Mendez vs. Grand View JV (11-30-19); 11, Sierra Morrow vs. Grand View JV (11-30-19)

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

10 assists: 10, Kelcie Hale vs. Marshalltown CC (11-9-19)

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

5 steals: 5, Sana'a Smith vs. Central CC (11-22-19)

10 blocks: 13, Sierra Morrow vs. Marshalltown CC (11-9-19)

Double/double: Autam Mendez 27 points/11 rebounds vs. Grand View JV (11-30-19); Sierra Morrow 18 points/11 rebounds vs. Grand View JV (11-30-19)

Triple/double: Sierra Morrow 23 points/13 blocks/12 rebounds vs. Marshalltown CC (11-9-19)