Record day for Tritons

Iowa Central women’s basketball coach Craig Carlson was anxious to see how his team would respond after a tough loss on Wednesday night. He was impressed with that response.

The No. 14 Tritons (10-2 overall, 1-1 in ICCAC) bounced back from Wednesday’s loss to Kirkwood with a record-setting 113-70 rout of Marshalltown at Hodges Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon.

Iowa Central set a school record for points in a game, eclipsing the old mark of 111 against Minneapolis Community College in 2007. The Tritons also established a new record for points in a half, netting 66 points after intermission.

“This was huge for us,” said Carlson, whose team actually moved up three spots in the latest ratings after its 85-78 loss to No 2 Kirkwood. “We needed this win. This was definitely a good bounce-back game.”

The Tigers came into the game with a 10-1 record and had received votes in the latest national rankings. The Tritons wasted little time making sure the visitors were in for a long day, racing to a double-figure lead less than six minutes into the game.

“We wanted to win that first five minutes,” said Carlson. “We had been struggling to start games recently so I am really pleased with that. I told the kids we can’t keep coming out starting games like that.”

Iowa Central put six players in double figures. Katie Dentlinger led the way with 24 points. Lydia Harvey added 20, Miliakere Koyamainavure 15, Hannah Lentsch 13 and Theresa Doyle and Jasmine Binion 10 apiece.

Jasmine Howe and Mackenzie Gott led the Tigers with 17 points each.

“We really emphasize every player on the floor has to be a threat to score,” said Carlson, whose team had 11 players score Saturday. “If you want to play for us, you can’t pass up open shots. We’d rather see you put up a shot than have a turnover.”

Iowa Central was an impressive 21 of 30 shooting in the second half, hitting its first seven shots from the floor. The Tritons also made 19 of 24 free throws in the second half. They finished 39 of 64 from the floor in the game (61 percent) and 24 of 30 free throws (80 percent).

Conversely, Marshalltown was just 27 of 75 shooting for 36 percent. The Tigers were just 9 of 39 in the first half, when the Tritons rolled to a 47-25 halftime advantage.

Harvey led the Tritons with 12 rebounds and five assists. Lentsch and Doyle grabbed eight rebounds each.

The Tritons were never really challenged. It was 7-0 just four minutes into the game and the Tritons had the Tigers down 43-13 with 4:15 left in the half.

An 11-2 run to start the second half started Iowa Central on its record-setting half. That was followed by a 14-0 spurt to make it 72-29 with 14:05 left in the game. The Tritons broke the 100-point mark with 5:20 left to play.

Iowa Central concludes the first half of the season Thursday in Des Moines against AIB. Game time is 6 p.m.