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No. 12 Tritons race to 38-point win over Spartans

Published: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 1:34 a.m. CDT

FORT DODGE — Southwestern’s rugged stretch of three straight nationally-ranked foes got off to a rocky start at No. 12 (NJCAA, Div. II) Iowa Central Wednesday night.

The Tritons got off to a 7-0 start on the way to routing the Spartan women, 73-35.

“We got it to 10-8 at the eight-minute mark of the first half,” said SWCC coach Addae Houston. “But they went on a run and got up 35-15 at halftime. Our plan was slow their tempo down and get stops, but we let them get going off steals and they started building on that.”

Southwestern (3-13 overall, 1-4 conference) had 21 turnovers to Iowa Central’s nine. The Tritons (15-2, 4-1) had 15 steals.

Darian Polson had 10 points for the Spartans, who host No. 1-ranked NIACC (16-1, 5-0) at 2 p.m. Sunday. Southwestern travels to Kirkwood Wednesday, which is 15-3 and 4-1 in league play and ranked No. 4 in the nation. After that is a game against 12-4 Marshalltown.

Miliakere Koyamainavure, sister of Southwestern men’s player Mataika Koyamainavure, scored 19 points for Iowa Central. They are Fiji natives.

IOWA CENTRAL (73) — Babaye Oja 3 0-0 8, Theresa Doyle 1 1-2 3, Katie Dentlinger 4 0-0 9, Miliakere Koyamainavure 5 8-12 19, Lydia Harvey 5 0-0 13, Ashley Ray 3 2-2 8, Hannah Lentsch 1 0-0 2, Nyakat Diew 0 1-2 1, Chayil Henderson 3 0-0 6, Nyador Gatluak 1 2-4 4. Totals — 26 14-22 73. FG shooting — 29-75 (38.7 percent). 3-point goals — 7-36 (Oja 2, Dentlinger 1, Koyamainavure 1, Harvey 3). Rebounds — 55.  Steals — 15. Blocked shots — 4. Turnovers — 9. Team fouls — 19.

SOUTHWESTERN (35) — Morgan Knorr 1 0-0 2, Kristin Klocksiem 1 0-2 3, Darian Polson 5 0-0 10, Peyton Russell 1 0-0 3, Jordan Williamson 0 1-3 1, Na Keyia Harris 2 2-5 6, Katelynn Sowers 1 0-0 3, J’myrehea Douglas 2 3-6 7. Totals — 13 6-16 35. FG shooting — 13-42 (31 percent). 3-point goals — 3-6 (Russell 1, Sowers 1, Klocksiem 1). Rebounds — 34 (Douglas 7, Polson 6).  Assists — 6 (Vanderhoof 2, Douglas 2). Steals — 5 (Klocksiem 2). Blocked shots — 2 (Harris 1, Polson 1). Turnovers — 21. Team fouls — 18. Fouled out  — None.

ICCC — 30 73

SWCC — 15 35

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