COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA - A tie at halftime turned into a difficult second half for the Northeast Community College women's basketball team in their 74-60 loss to #24 Iowa Western Community College here Saturday.
The Hawks had a strong start, taking an 18-13 lead after the first quarter.
"We shot the ball pretty well during that period of play, and I liked how we defended them," said Matt Svehla, Hawks coach. "We didn't shoot it as well in the second, but we still played pretty good defense, as we were tied 27-27 at the half."
As the game went on, the Reivers went on a couple of runs that Northeast was unable to answer, and that proved to be the difference in the game. Iowa Western shot especially well in the fourth quarter, going 10-for-15 from the field.
"(Iowa Western) shot it pretty good, but we had some breakdowns defensively in the fourth that gave them some good looks, too. We had minutes of very good basketball, but it is a 40-minute game and we need to sustain things better," Svehla said.
Mykala Baylor led Northeast with 20 points and nine rebounds. Sierra Bell had 11 points and three rebounds, while Irene Sanz had nine points and one rebound.
Iowa Western is currently ranked 24th in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I poll.
The Hawks (20-3) will host Concordia University JV on Monday at 6 p.m. at the Cox Activities Center on Northeast's Norfolk campus.