MASON CITY | Sophomore guard Taylor Laabs scored 30 points to lead No. 10 NIACC to a 83-52 win over No. 14 Southeastern CC in its ICCAC opener Saturday afternoon in the NIACC gym.
Laabs was 12 of 24 from the field, including five 3-point goals, to lead the Lady Trojans. The 30 points by Laabs was one off her career high of 31 against Iowa Western earlier this season.
Laabs' five 3-point goals on Saturday gives her 99 for her career, which ranks eighth on the school's all-time career list. Laabs moved past Kelli Terrell (2003-05), who made 95, and Amy Boley (2008-10) and Kadejah Young (2012-14), who both made 97.
Next on the list is Shelly Lines (1991-93), who is seventh with 101 career 3-point goals.
NIACC (14-3 overall, 1-0 in the ICCAC) trailed 32-30 at the half but outscored Southeastern 53-20 in the second half. The Lady Trojans outscored the Blackhawks 26-10 in the third quarter and 27-10 in the fourth quarter.
Also for the Lady Trojans, Morgan Frank scored nine points with nine rebounds. Khalilah Holloway and Mikayla Homola both scored nine points as well. Kenlie Pytleski had seven rebounds, Holloway and Tahya Campbell both had six rebounds.
Saturday's win was the 12th straight home win for the NIACC women, who are 8-0 at home this season. The Lady Trojans' last home loss was a 71-65 loss to Kirkwood on Feb. 1, 2017.
NIACC returns to action Wednesday at No. 2 Kirkwood, which stopped Iowa Central 72-47 in its league opener on Saturday. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. in Cedar Rapids.