Five Triton players reached double figures in scoring while 11 of the 14 teammates got on the board at one point or another.
‘‘We went up hard and won handily,’’ head coach Craig Carlson said. ‘‘Heading into Thanksgiving break, we knew it would be hard to get going and stay motivated, but having almost everyone score is great for team chemistry.’’
Rated No. 1 for the first time in the history of the program, the Tritons (7-0 overall) came out a bit slow but quickly found their groove, pulling ahead 20-7 behind buckets former MNW prep Jacque Markert and sophomore reserve Angela Brinkmeyer, followed by a three-pointer from bench spark Abby Brend.
From therem Iowa Central controlled the tempo and cruised to a 55-15 lead at halftime. Iowa Central also came out hot in the second half, knocking down all eight of their initial shot attempts, receiving six points from Markert and five from St. Edmond standout Danni Huss.
Former SEHS star Sara Black broke the Tritons into triple digit scoring with a layup at the five-minute mark, and Iowa Central reeled off 11 more points before the game ended, including back-to-back-to-back hoops from MNW graduate Danielle Condon.
Brend ended the night with a team high 20 points and Huss was next in line with 18. Kylie Dilla notched 14 points to go along with five assists and four steals, while Markert added 12 and four steals as well.
Brinkmeyer led team rebounding with eight, and Hunecke went a perfect 6-for-6 shooting from the floor.
‘‘All of the other players work just as hard as the girls who may get more minutes, and that’s nice to see,’’ Carlson said. ‘‘I thought we may have had tired legs from (Tuesdays) game, but the girls got up and down the floor and kept things moving.’’
As for the receiving the top spot in the country, Carlson is hesitant to read too far into it.
‘‘I’m just shocked. We have to play a lot tougher competition before we can get too excited about being rated this highly. It’s just so early, but at the same time, it’s flattering.’’
The Tritons open conference play Wednesday, hosting Southeastern Community College. Tip off is set for 5 p.m.
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Iowa Central 111, Minneapolis CC 48
Iowa Central — Kylie Dilla 6-14 0-0 14, Jacque Markert 6-10 0-0 12, Danni Huss 6-12 4-4 18, Renita Hilliard 1-4 0-0 2, Jess Hunecke 6-6 2-3 14, Angela Brinkmeyer 3-3 1-4 8, Abby Brend 7-15 2-2 20, Kennedy Bollmeyer 0-2 0-0 0, Whitney Griffin 2-8 0-0 5, Brittany Arwine 0-0 0-0 0, Danielle Condon 4-5 0-0 8, Kendra Crooks 2-5 2-2 6, Sara Black 1-3 0-0 2, Britnee Hansen 1-1 0-0 2, Ashley Yingst 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 45-83 11-19 111.
Minneapolis — Samantha Herrera 10, Nyasha Morris 3, Brittany Johnson 25, Jessica Ray 8, Maryan Adan 2.
Three-pointers: Iowa Central 10 (Dilla 2, Huss 2, Brinkmeyer, Brend 4, Griffin), MCC 7 (Herrera 2, Ray, Johnson 4). Rebounds: Iowa Central 54, MCC 17. Fouls: Iowa Central 13, MCC 11. Turnovers: Iowa Central 11, MCC 26.
Messenger photo by Dana Recker
Iowa Central’s Abby Brend drives to the basket against Minneapolis inside Hodges Fieldhouse Wednesday night. For more photos, please visit CU at www.messengernews.net