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Triton women come up short

December 9, 2012
By JOSH MEYER - Messenger Sports Writer ( , Messenger News

Conference play opened on the wrong foot for the Iowa Central women's basketball team Saturday afternoon.

Unable to overcome an ice-cold shooting performance, the Tritons (6-3 overall, 0-1 in the ICCAC) dropped a 76-58 decision to Des Moines Area inside Hodges Fieldhouse.

"Our kids played awful hard and battled pretty good despite being undersized," ICCC head coach Craig Carlson said. "We gave a heck of an effort and made some decent stops (defensively), but we just got a little tired at the end."

Rebecca Easton was the lone Triton to reach double figures in scoring, contributing 11 points on 5-for-14 shooting.

Katie Dentlinger also delivered eight points and nine rebounds for Iowa Central, while St. Edmond graduate Lydia Harvey and Lauren Bengen added seven points each.

"Dentlinger did a nice job on the boards, and we need Bengen to get back in the mix for us (Bengen was sidelined for the first four games due to a foot injury)," said Carlson. "It was just one of those days where we couldn't get any shots to fall."

Fact Box


Des Moines Area- Jalissa Felici 6-15 0-1 14, Taryn Wicks 1-4 2-2 4, Carlee Schuhmacher 8-14 6-8 22, Jasmine McCoy 0-0 2-4 2, Kelsey Fynaardt 4-9 0-2 8, Sarah Frisch 5-15 0-0 11, Maci Robeoltman 3-11 2-3 8, Hannah Bindner 0-3 1-2 1, Breanna Hall 0-0 0-0 0, Kate Ray 3-4 0-0 6. Totals: 30-75 13-22 76.

Iowa Central - Theresa Doyle 0-3 2-3 2, Katie Dentlinger 3-9 2-2 8, Babaye Oja 2-12 1-1 6, Rebecca Easton 5-14 0-0 11, Lydia Harvey 2-3 2-3 7, Jade Gregory 2-6 0-0 5, Lauren Bengen 1-7 4-5 7, Jasmine Binion 1-4 0-0 2, Miliakere Koyamainavure 3-7 0-0 6, Aubriegh Yetmar 1-2 1-2 4, Carly McRae 0-0 0-0 0, Allison Seibert 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 20-67 12-16 58.

Halftime score: DMACC led 38-37. Three-point goals: DMACC 3-11 (Felici 2-5, Schuhmacher 0-1, Frisch 1-1, Robeoltman 0-1, Bindner 0-3); Iowa Central 6-27 (Doyle 0-1, Dentlinger 0-4, Oja 1-4, Easton 1-4, Harvey 1-1, Gregory 1-4, Bengen 1-4, Binion 0-1, Koyamainavure 0-3, Yetmar 1-1). Total rebounds: DMACC 42, Iowa Central 40. Turnovers: DMACC 13, Iowa Central 20. Total fouls: DMACC 15, Iowa Central 17.

After a buzzer-beating triple by Bengen, the Tritons found themselves trailing by only a single point at the break. The see-saw first half featured 14 different ties and lead changes. Iowa Central actually briefly jumped in front (41-40) on a Dentlinger rebound and putback with 18:04 remaining in the contest, however, the Bears immediately answered with a 12-0 run and never looked back.

"Bengen's three-pointer gave us some momentum going into the half," Carlson said. "DMACC is an awful good team, though, and really showed their depth as the game went on. We have to pick up the pieces now and put this (setback) behind us."

Iowa Central, which saw its two-game win streak snapped in the loss, connected on only 29.9 percent (20 of 67) of its field-goal attempts and committed 20 turnovers.

Carlee Schuhmacher powered the balanced DMACC (10-2, 1-0) attack with 22 points, including 18 in the game's final 20 minutes. She also grabbed 10 boards.

Jalissa Felici (14) and Sarah Frisch (11) were next in line offensively for the Bears, who have reeled off three straight victories.

DMACC is under the direction of Steve Krafcisin - a former University of Iowa player and ex-Iowa State men's assistant. Prairie Valley graduate and former Iowa State women's standout Jocelyn Anderson serves as an assistant for the Bears, while Hannah Bindner (Prairie Valley) is a reserve guard for DMACC.

Next action for the Tritons is Tuesday when they travel to Moline, Ill. to meet Black Hawk. Tip is set for 6 p.m.



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