Freshman Riley Gatton of Montezuma scored 20 points and freshman Jada Powell of Des Moines recorded a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds as the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) women's basketball team dropped a 71-69 decision to Southeastern Community College (SECC), February 5 inside the DMACC gymnasium.
The loss was the eighth in a row for the Bears, who fell to 8-15 for the season and 2-8 in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC).
DMACC controlled the tempo in the first half, leading 19-18 at the end of the first quarter and 44-25 at halftime. The Bears had a 57-47 advantage at the end of the third quarter.
DMACC shot 42 percent in the loss, making 28 of 67 field goal attempts. The Bears were 11-of-33 from three-point range and 2-of-5 from the free throw line. Gatton accounted for six of DMACC's 11 three-point baskets, going 6-of-12.
SECC came away with a 46-41 advantage on the boards with Powell's 14 rebounds, including 13 defensive rebounds, leading DMACC. Freshman Katelyn Courtney of Ames finished with seven rebounds. Sophomore Asia Mena of Chicago, Ill., led DMACC in assists with seven and also had three steals. Freshman Shamir Brown of Tuscaloosa, Ala., joined Mena with three steals.
The DMACC women's basketball team will play Little Priest Tribal Feb. 8 inside the DMACC gymnasium. Game time is 1 p.m. LPT is 3-17 overall and 3-6 in the ICCAC. LPT defeated DMACC 70-60 when the two teams played Dec. 7 at Winnebago, Neb.