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NIACC sophomore Taylor Laabs dribbles the ball down court against Iowa Western Community College Nov. 18 in Mason City.

MASON CITY | League play begins Saturday.

The No. 10 NIACC women's basketball team begins ICCAC play at home Saturday against No. 14 Southeastern CC. Game time is set for 1 p.m. in the NIACC gym.

Saturday's contest will be the Lady Trojans' first home game since Nov. 26.

After Saturday's game, the Lady Trojans play at No. 2 Kirkwood on Jan. 17 and host Iowa Central on Jan. 20.

NIACC (13-3 overall) placed fourth at the Illinois Central Cougar Holiday Tournament in December.

NIACC topped Kalamazoo Valley CC 122-58 in the opening round. No. 7 Illinois Central topped NIACC 66-62 in the semifinals and No. 8 Owens CC stopped the Lady Trojans 73-63 in the consolation game.

Southeastern CC (12-3) topped State Fair CC 79-75 on Tuesday.

Since the 2013-14 season, NIACC is 8-1 against Southeastern. Last season, the two teams split their ICCAC contests with Southeastern winning 67-48 in Keokuk and the Lady Trojans winning 102-75 on their home floor.

Home cooking

The NIACC women's basketball team is 7-0 at home in the 2017-18 season, including three wins at the NIACC Thanksgiving Basketball Challenge (Nov. 24-26) and two at the annual Konigsmark Klassic (Nov. 3-4).

The NIACC women have won 11 straight games at home. The last loss for the Lady Trojans at home was a 71-65 loss to Kirkwood on Feb. 1, 2017.

NIACC women's coach Todd Ciochetto has an all-time home record of 40-9. The Lady Trojans were 8-3 in 2016-17, 11-3 in 2015-16 and 12-3 in 2014-15.

Climbing the charts

Taylor Laabs has 94 career 3-point goals, which ranks 11th on NIACC's all-time 3-point list. Laabs trails Kelli Terrell (2003-05), who ranks 10th with 95 career 3-pointers. Kelsie Willert is tied for 12th with Sar Ogen (2000-02) on the school's all-time list with 86 3-point goals.

Around the league

Also on Saturday in the ICCAC, No. 15 DMACC (12-4) plays at Ellsworth (6-9), Iowa Lakes (5-9) plays at Southwestern (6-7) and No. 2 Kirkwood (14-3) plays at Iowa Central (8-8).


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