NIACC Women Play for the Championship Today

The NIACC women’s basketball team faces No. 1 Kirkwood in the NJCAA Region XI championship game Saturday.

Game time is set for 1 p.m.

The winner of Saturday’s title game advances to the NJCAA Division II national tournament March 21-25 in Harrison, Ark.

Third-seeded NIACC (19-12) knocked off second-seeded DMACC 90-80 Thursday night in the regional semifinals to advance to its fourth straight championship game.

In Thursday’s victory, NIACC was 12 of 32 from 3-point range. The Lady Trojans received four 3-point goals from Kelsie Willert and three each from Hattie Davidson and Taylor Laabs.

Kirkwood (32-0) stopped fifth-seeded Southwestern 79-52 in its regional semifinal on Thursday.

Kirkwood won both contests against NIACC in the regular season. The Eagles won 71-65 in Mason City on Feb. 1 and 93-81 in Cedar Rapids on March 1.

NIACC will be playing in its 11th regional final. The Lady Trojans are 8-2 in regional finals, including last season’s 83-80 win over DMACC in Mason City.

Kirkwood will be playing in its 27th regional title game and the Eagles are seeking their 17th regional championship. The Eagles topped NIACC 78-67 in the 2015 regional final in Cedar Rapids.

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