On March 6 in the first round of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Women’s Basketball Championship, the third seed Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Bears secured a victory against Southeastern Community College (SECC). The Bears won by a final score of 73-70 at DMACC gymnasium.
It was a balanced team effort that led to the victory for the Bears. Five different players, Asia Mena, Aliyah Robinson, Grace Stalzer, Ellie Horn, and Sameria Jackson scored double digits. Emma Rouse off the bench was 3-3 from three-point range scoring nine points. Ellie Dixon was the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, totaling 12 points and 9 rebounds. Asia Mena led the team in assists with 9.
Despite falling behind at halftime 28-40, the Bears were able to make a comeback. DMACC outscored SECC 21-9 in the third quarter to tie the game at 49 a piece entering the fourth period.
As a team the Bears shot 53.1 percent from the field, and a very efficient 46.2 percent from three-point range. DMACC dominated the rebound battle by bringing in 37 rebounds to SECC’s 24. The Bears also tallied 16 assists as a team to the SECC’s nine.
The DMACC Women’s team is set to play the second seed, Kirkwood Community College (KCC) on March 9 in Mason City in the NJCAA Region XI semifinals.