Triton basketball preview
THE TIP: Action begins inside Hodges Fieldhouse at 2 p.m. with the women’s contest. Men are scheduled to tip at 4 p.m.
WOMEN’S PROBABLES: Iowa Central (9-4 overall): Brittany West, soph., 12.1; Tierra Itula, soph., 11.7; Avery Terwilliger, soph., 10.6; Shariah Smith, soph., 7.8; Kira Ward, soph., 5.7. Iowa Western (9-7): De’Ayra Davis, soph., 10.8; Sommer Blakemore, fr., 8.6; Aimee Brett, soph., 4.0; Aubriana Noti, rfr., 9.8; Kiara Dallmann, soph., 12.8.
KEY STATS: The Tritons are averaging 66 points per game, shooting 43 percent from the field. Itula leads the team at 6.8 rebounds per game, with Terwilliger averaging five. Smith is averaging 4.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and almost two steals per game.
LAST TIME OUT: Iowa Central claimed a 70-67 victory over Lake Region State prior to the Christmas break. Dallmann scored 24 points to lead the Reivers past Barton, 84-68.
ABOUT THE REIVERS: Dallmann is shooting 56 percent from the field and is averaging almost seven rebounds per game. Noti leads Iowa Western at 9.4 boards.
MEN’S PROBABLES: Iowa Central (7-8): Royshawn Webb, soph., 12.7; Dallas Bailey, soph., 17.9; Kemryn Jenkins, soph., 14.4; Jacorian Dalton, fr., 7.1; Collin Shannon, soph., 3.9. Iowa Western (13-2): Parker Hazen, soph., 9.4; Christian Bentley, soph., 10.7; Caleb Huffman, fr., 10.7; Travon Broadway, soph., 15.9; Emmanuel Ugboh, soph., 13.7.
KEY STATS: Dalton ranks fourth in Div. II in field goal percentage at 69.8. Bailey is averaging eight rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game, while Webb is posting 5.3 rebounds and almost two assists.
LAST TIME OUT: The Tritons snapped a seven-game losing skid with a 79-77 victory over Lake Region State. Iowa Western downed Kansas City-Kansas, 71-59, for its fourth consecutive win.
ABOUT THE REIVERS: Iowa Western is receiving votes in the latest NJCAA Div. I poll after winning 13 of its last 14 games. Upboh ranks fourth in the nation in field goal percentage at 72.6 and also leads the team with 9.4 rebounds per game.