Tritons host ‘Red Out’ night

The Iowa Central men and women will close out the regular season this week with two games against ICCAC rivals.

Tonight, the Tritons entertain Des Moines Area on “RED OUT,” while North Iowa Area comes to town this Saturday.

Action tips with the women’s contest at 5:30 p.m. this evening. Saturday’s start is set for 1 p.m. inside Hodges Fieldhouse.

The special “RED OUT” theme is for the American is averaging 21.5 points. Sam Skogen, Matthew Don and Alexander Davis are all in double figures.

Last month, the Trojans scored an 84-79 victory on their own court against Iowa Central.

The men’s conference tournament starts Tuesday at the higher-seed playing as host throughout. Semifinals are March 6 and the finals are March 8.

The 13th-ranked Triton women (23-4, 11-3) are a perfect 13-0 on their home floor this season.

Iowa Central is currently second in the league standings, one game ahead of Kirkwood.

St. Edmond graduate and High Point University-signee Lydia Harvey leads the team in scoring, averaging 17 per game. Miliakere Koyamainavure, Katie Dentlinger and Babaye Oja all average double figures.

“This game (vs. DMACC) is huge for us because we want to finish second in the conference and secure that No. 2 seed,” ICCC head coach Craig Carlson said. “These are two stiff challenges, though, and our girls will have to be ready.”

The status of Theresa Doyle remains day-to-day, said Carlson, adding “we’d love to have her back for the postseason, but that’s looking doubtful right now.”

Iowa Central has won five straight and 14 of its last 16 overall. During that stretch, the Tritons lost to the Trojans, 94-87, in Mason City.

DMACC (18-11, 10-5) is led by Carlee Schuhmacher (23.4 points) and Taryn Wicks (13.1). Last month, Iowa Central picked up an 87-82 victory over the Bears, who have won six straight.

Top-ranked (26-2, 14-0) NIACC has clinched the No. 1 seed and conference title. Leading players are Chelsey Jacox and freshman Cortni Rush.

Jacox averages 21 points and Rush 14.4, as they have won 10 straight – scoring over 90 points in eight of those games.

“We’re focused in on DMACC right now,” Carlson said. “NIACC has been playing like the best team in the country and they are deserving of that ranking.

“It’s going to be tough tough challenges for us this week.”

The women’s conference tournament begins Tuesday with the higher seed playing host for the first round. The semifinals and finals take place here March 7-8.