Iowa Central women win again

The Iowa Central women won by 20 points on Saturday, but the contest was a lot closer than the final score indicated.

The Tritons (19-8 overall, 10-4 ICCAC) earned a 58-38 victory over Iowa Lakes (8-21, 4-11) inside Hodges Fieldhouse.

“It was a very gritty performance,” said Iowa Central head coach Craig Carlson. “It felt like a three- or four-point game most of the contest.”

Both squads struggled in the first half as they connected for a combined 17 field goals and a 24-24 halftime score.

Iowa Central jumped out to an 18-8 lead after the Lakers failed to get on the board until the 13:50 mark, but Iowa Lakes clawed their way back. Carla Barrera was a threat from three-point range, connecting on four of six tries. Barrera hit a tying triple as time expired in the first half.

The Tritons had an answer in the second half, as they hit three treys and didn’t allow the Lakers to attempt one.

Iowa Central used a big 17-4 burst to open the second half. The Tritons then closed out the game with a 10-2 run to secure the victory.

Katie Dentlinger had eight of her 10 points in the second half.

Babaye Oja also reached double figures with 10 points. Miliakere Koyamainavure had nine points as well.

Eight players reached the scoring column, as Carlson went 13 deep into his bench.

“Coming off of two tough contest (against ranked opponents), we are playing a little better defense,” Carlson said. “I told the girls we went 12-4 in the league last year and we had two All-Americans on that team.”

The Tritons are back in action on Wednesday when they host Southeastern. Tip off is set for 5:30 p.m.