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Lakers hand Trojans fourth straight loss

By Staff | Feb 14, 2008

MASON CITY — The NIACC women’s basketball team dropped their fourth straight game in the conference against Iowa Lakes, 64-56, on Wednesday night.

After jumping out to a quick 7-2 lead, the Lakers were able to cut the margin to 14-13 with 15 minutes left in the first. Iowa Lakes was then able to break off an 18-4 run over the next seven minutes with three three-pointers to take a 13 point edge with eight minutes left in the first. NIACC’s Caiti Findreng was able to turn the tide for the rest of the half with 7:18 left to go with a trey, and NIACC went on a 16-6 run, making the halftime score 37-34 in favor of Iowa Lakes.

NIACC was able to cut the lead down to 43-39 during first five minutes of the second half, but they wouldn’t move any closer than that. Iowa Lakes outscored NIACC 12-2 over the next six minutes to put the game out of reach. The Lakers recorded 10 of their 15 offensive rebounds and committed only three turnovers in the second half. Meanwhile, NIACC had 13 second half turnovers. The Trojans were able to close the gap a bit, but didn’t get closer than the final score of 64-56.

NIACC was led in scoring by Madelyn Houser and Katie Monson with 11 points each, and they also led in rebounding with four a piece. Samantha Boje led the Lakers in scoring with 20.

Iowa Lakes was led by Samantha Boje with 23 points and seven steals with Shanda Novak contributing a double-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots.

Karissa Kramer had six rebounds and four assists.

Iowa Lakes (18-7, 9-5) is on the road against Kirkwood on Saturday in Cedar Rapids.