No. 17 Bears batter ice-cold MCC
It was one of those offensive nights where nothing seemed to go right for the Marshalltown Community College’s women’s basketball team.
The Tigers were 16-of-61 from the floor, made just 3-of-22 from long range and turned it over 22 times during a 78-55 loss to NJCAA Division II No. 17 Des Moines Area Community College on Thursday night.
“It’s hard to win when you go 3-for-22 and 16-for-61,” MCC coach Alison Lacey said. “We had been shooting the ball better. It is what it is. DMACC also played good defense. They guarded us and knew who to guard.”
The nationally ranked Bears got 16 points and 12 rebounds from the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference’s leading scorer in Carlee Schuhmacher. Taryn Wicks also had 11 and Hannah Binder added 10 for the Bears, who improved to 22-7 on the season.
Marshalltown dropped to 10-19 overall and 5-10 in ICCAC play. Mackenzie Gott led the way for the Tigers with 14 points and seven boards, while Shantal Tobler scored 13 and Mady Van Metre added 11.
Tobler also had eight rebounds and three assists but committed nine of the team’s 22 miscues.
The game was pretty even in the early stages and Lauran Hansen’s triple gave the Tigers a 7-6 lead. DMACC though used a 9-0 run to gain a comfortable advantage and never looked back. The Bears also went into the halftime on a 9-0 run and grabbed a 40-24 lead at intermission.
“That goes back to earlier in the season. We just had some trouble scoring at times tonight,” Lacey said. “It’s hard to win when you go into those kind of droughts.”
Aside from a bad shooting night, another reason for the halftime deficit was due to DMACC’s domination on the glass. The Bears constantly gave themselves multiple shots. For the game, DMACC out-rebounded the Tigers, 44-33.
“It’s hard to win when you give up three shots a possession,” Lacey said. “We didn’t box out. But DMACC was better than us.”
MCC used full-court pressure in the second half to attempt a comeback. The Tigers put in the first four points of the second 20 minutes to get to within 12 but that is all the closer they would get.
“There wasn’t a lot of easy shots tonight,” Lacey said. “They did a good job of mixing up their defenses. It took awhile for us to realize what they were in. DMACC did a good job.”
DMACC went ahead by 20 following two triples by Alex Bunting and Jalissa Felici. A 3-pointer from Kate Ray helped push the advantage to 27, the largest lead of the night for the second-place Bears.
The Bears hit seven 3-pointers in the game and five of them came in the last half.
Ashley Salgado finished with eight points, four assists and five steals but turned it over eight times. Hansen also had eight points and Tobler finished with five steals.
The Tigers used just seven players in the game. DMACC had 14 different players score at least two points and seven players scored at least five.
Marshalltown will try to lock up the No. 6 seed in the Region XI Tournament on Saturday when it hosts Ellsworth at the Student Activity Center. The Tigers won a close game in Iowa Falls during the previous meeting. Ellsworth is 4-11 in league play.
“Thats a huge game,” Lacey said. “We played them tough the last time and won in the final minute. They probably want revenge. It’s also sophomore night so that should create some more excitement for the game. If we win, we clinch the sixth seed.”
Saturday’s game against Ellsworth tips off at 1 p.m. … Former Grundy Center standout Sarah Frisch scored two points in 10 minutes for the Bears. … DMACC coach Steve Krafcisin was a standout player at the University of Iowa back in the 1970s. … DMACC improves to 11-4 in conference play. … Lacey said a win Saturday over Ellsworth would likely send the Tigers to Iowa Central (20-8) for the Region XI opener. … Schuhmacher came into the game leading the ICCAC in scoring at 16.5 points per game.