Iowa Central basketball preview
THE TIP: Action begins in Mason City with the women’s contest at 5:30 p.m. Men are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
WOMEN’S PROBABLES: Iowa Central (9-5 overall, 0-1 in ICCAC): Kira Ward, soph., 5.7; Shariah Smith, soph., 8.1; Avery Terwilliger, soph., 10.4; Brittany West, soph., 11.8; Tierra Itula, soph., 11.1; No. 3 NIACC (10-3, 1-0): Mandy Willems, fr., 23.2; Autam Mendez, fr., 15.3; Jada Buford, fr., 21.0; Tahya Campbell, soph., 13.7; Kelcie Hale, fr., 9.1
KEY STATS: Terwilliger, Itula, West, Smith and Justice Crooks are all shooting over 30 percent from the 3-point line on the year. Itula leads the team with 6.4 rebounds a game, with Smith and Terwilliger dishing out three assists a night.
LAST TIME OUT: The Tritons lost to Iowa Western, 85-51. NIACC closed out 2018 with an 88-76 victory over Parkland.
ABOUT THE TROJANS: Willems is the fifth-leading scorer in the nation and shoots 43 percent from the field, 41 percent from the 3-point line and 88.5 percent at the free throw line. They rank first in the nation in points per game (96.8), field goal attempts, made 3-pointers, attempted 3-pointers and field goal attempts per game.
MEN’S PROBABLES: Iowa Central (7-9, 0-1): Collin Shannon, soph., 4.1; Royshawn Webb, soph., 13.1; Dallas Bailey, soph., 17.4; Austin Jarvis, fr., 2.3; Kane Kramer, soph., 4.8; No. 14 NIACC (9-2, 1-0): James Harris, fr., 12.7; Orrtington Hamilton, soph., 8.4; Quentin Hardrict, fr., 14.4; Deundra Roberson, fr., 12.0; Wendell Matthews, fr., 16.4.
KEY STATS: The Tritons are shooting 46 percent from the field and 38 percent from the 3-point line. Bailey is averaging eight rebounds and Webb 5.5 per game. Iowa Central averages nine made 3-pointers per game.
LAST TIME OUT: Iowa Central fell to Iowa Western at home this past Saturday, 69-64. The Trojans claimed a win last month over Southwestern, 104-81.
ABOUT THE TROJANS: NIACC is shooting almost 50 percent from the field as a team, with four players posting averages over 53. Harris and Hardrict are averaging four assists per game.