MASON CITY | The NIACC women’s basketball is known for its three-point shooting abilities.
Entering Wednesday’s game against Ellsworth, the Lady Trojans had made twice as many long-shots range shots on the season as any other team in the ICCAC.
NIACC’s shooting was off a bit to start against the Panthers, but then sophomore guard UU Longs connected on four 3-pointers in a little more than two minutes to spark the Trojans to an 89-46 win.
“This has been fun,” Longs said. “I like this team. We get along so well.”
NIACC had a scant five-point lead at the end of the first quarter and was able to build it to 15 at halftime because of a scintillating defense effort that limited the Panthers to just 24 first-half points.
The Lady Trojans offense remained a bit lethargic, though, until Longs started connecting midway through the third quarter.
Longs’ shooting propelled the Lady Trojans to a 26-point third quarter, and NIACC was largely able to coast the rest of the way.
For the game, the Lady Trojans made 17 three-point attempts to just two for Ellsworth.
“We played very hard,” NIACC coach Todd Ciochetto said. “We are athletic enough so that if we are not shooting well, we are able to go get the ball.”
Longs finished with 19 on the night to lead NIACC.
Selena Shady hit three 3-pointers and finished with 15 points while Taylor Laabs added 10 points and five assists.
“She works hard all the time,” Ciochetto said of Shady.
Emily Ferrier scored 24 points for the Panthers to lead all scorers.
NIACC (16-4, 3-1) returns to action on Saturday when it faces a difficult conference road test at DMACC.
The Lady Trojans return home on Wednesday when they play host to Iowa Lakes.