Offensive woes doom MCC as Bears feast

T-R PHOTO BY NOAH ROHLFING - Marshalltown Community College sophomore Eva Zaragoza (35) shoots over DMACC defender Camry Jones (34) during the first half of Wednesday’s game at the Student Activity Center.

Much like in the second game of the season, where the Tigers played solid defense but offensive difficulties left them with a loss, the Marshalltown Community College women’s basketball team continued its struggles on that side of the court in an 88-41 loss to DMACC Wednesday night.

DMACC blew MCC away in the third quarter, turning an 11-point game into at one point a 33-point advantage by the end of the period on the heels of strong defense, completely shutting down the Tigers’ attack. The lead went from 33 to 47 in the final 10 minutes.

Assistant coach Cody Freland said turnovers were key in the Tigers’ demise.

“They were hitting threes and getting easy layups out of [turnovers],” Freland said. “We just got too caught up in trying to do one thing so it kind of prevented us from doing some of the other offensive stuff that we do.”

The Tigers actually held an early lead, going up as much as 10-2 in the first quarter and causing the Bears problems with their defense. In fact, the Tigers held DMACC to 28.6 percent shooting from the floor in the first quarter. But the Bears took nine more shots than MCC and were able to take an 18-12 lead, thanks in part to an early 14-8 advantage on the boards.


The second quarter saw the lead jump to 11, as the Tigers struggled to score. But with a 35-24 halftime deficit, there was still an opportunity for them to get back in the game.

But in the third quarter, Freland said the Tigers came out flat. DMACC shot 13-for-20 from the floor and capitalized on seven MCC turnovers, scoring 32 points. The Tigers, on the other hand, scored just 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting and got more and more frustrated as the game slipped away.

The Bears clamped down even more in the final 10 minutes of action, holding the Tigers to five points and 1-of-10 shooting from the field.

With only two returning players from the 2019-20 season — Eva Zaragoza and Nuria Castillo — Freland said games like this are something a growing team needs to learn from.

“I think so, I think there’s a lot of good things you can take away from games like this and I think there’s a lot of bad things you can take from games like this,” Freland said. “This is the first game we’ve kind of looked sloppy. The things that our team has to figure out is that we’re going to be out-heighted most nights against some of the better competition we’re going to play.”


Grace Flanagan went off for DMACC, scoring 38 points and burying six 3-pointers. Magan Christopherson added 23.

For the Tigers, it was Zaragoza who led the team in scoring with 13 points and six rebounds. Heeni Blakey added 10 points. No other MCC player scored more than four points.

Up next for MCC is a trip to play Northeast Community College Saturday at 1 p.m.

DMACC 88, Marshalltown CC 41

DMACC (1-0, 1-0) — Jada Powell 0-4 0-0 0, Magan Christopherson 8-19 4-5 21, Jensen Archibald 1-4 0-0 2, Grace Flanagan 15-22 2-2 38, Emily Caspers 2-6 0-0 4, Karlyn Snider 1-1 0-0 2, Emma Jacobsen 2-5 0-0 5, Shamir Brown 3-7 0-0 6, Jenna Bohaty 0-5 0-0 0, Camryn Jones 2-4 0-0 4, Lexi Branning 3-6 0-0 6. TOTALS 37-83 6-9 88.

MCC (1-2, 1-2) — Heeni Blakey 3-6 3-4 10, Waiaaria Rogers 0-6 3-4 3, Carla Dorta-Perez 1-4 0-1 2, Nuria Castillo 1-5 0-0 3, Eva Zaragoza 4-7 4-4 13, Karisma Wright 0-0 1-4 1, Genet Mebratu 1-6 0-0 2, Abigail Ironshell 1-6 1-2 3, Izabelle Duncan 0-0 0-0 0, Carolina Rodriquez-Sanchez 1-7 1-2 4. TOTALS 12-47 13-21 41.

DMACC 16 19 32 21 — 88

MCC 12 12 12 5 — 41

3-Point Goals–DMACC 8-25 (Flanagan 6-9, Jacobsen 1-4, Christopherson 1-6, Archibald 0-1, Brown 0-2, Bohaty 0-3), MCC 4-20 (Zaragoza 1-2, Rodriquez-Sanchez 1-2, Blakey 1-4, Castillo 1-5, Dorta-Perez 0-1, Ironshell 0-1, Mebratu 0-2, Rogers 0-3). Rebounds–DMACC 46 (Branning 10), MCC 30 (Rodriquez-Sanchez 7). Assists–DMACC 16 (Archibald 5), MCC 7 (Mebratu 2). Total Fouls–DMACC 21, MCC 12. Fouled out–Branning.


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