Siliga slotted on all-region first team

T-R FILE PHOTO • Marshalltown Community College sophomore forward Loralei Siliga (23) goes up for a shot against DMACC during a Feb. 7 game at the Student Activity Center in Marshalltown.

AMES — The Iowa Community College Athletic Conference announced its selections for the Division I Region XI all-region team and Marshalltown Community College sophomore Loralei Siliga has earned a spot on the squad.

Siliga, a 5-foot-10 forward from Euless, Texas, led the ICCAC Division I with 513 total points this season and she finished first with 17.7 points per game, with teammate Alyssa Roth coming in second at 13.1 points per contest. Siliga’s 513 total points is actually 159 more than the next non-MCC player on the list.

She also finished third in rebounding with 7.1 per game and third in total rebounds with 206, first in 3-pointers with 50, first in free-throw percentage at 73.8 percent — including a 91.3 percent mark in ICCAC play — and second in total minutes at 994.

“Loralei stepped up this year in a leadership role and followed suit with her play,” said MCC head coach Steve Garber. “She evolved significantly as a person and a player to lead the conference in scoring and making a name for herself among region schools and into the four-year universities for her next step of competition.”

Siliga is currently mulling over where to continue her career, as she has multiple offers from the NCAA Division I, Division II and NAIA levels.

Loralei Siliga and Claudia Morente

Fellow Tiger sophomore Claudia Morente was named to the honorable mention team, a year removed from an all-region selection herself.

Morente, a 5-5 guard from Girona, Spain, finished with 9.4 points per game this season, good enough for ninth in the conference. Her 13.2 points per game in ICCAC play was good enough for third in the conference as well.

Morente played the most minutes in the ICCAC at 1,191 , and she played all 40 minutes during all four ICCAC matchups. She ranked second in 3-pointers during conference play with 25 and she finished second in the conference in total assists with 98.

“Claudia started the season off hampered by some nagging injuries,” Garber said. “In the second semester, she came back stronger and played like the all-region player she was last year. She was a leader for the last two years as our point guard and was invaluable as a competitor day in and day out.”

Morente also plans to continue her career after this season, though she has not settled on where she will continue to pu

rsue her basketball dreams.