Iowa Central women's head coach Craig Carlson got exactly what he'd been looking for all year here on Wednesday night.
The Tritons controlled the tempo, shot a high percentage from the field, and dominated Ellsworth in earning an 84-59 victory.
Iowa Central (16-6 overall, 7-3 in ICCAC) remained in a tie for second place in the league standings with No. 15 (NJCAA, Div. II) DMACC (18-6, 7-3). Both schools are three games behind third-ranked Kirkwood (21-3, 10-0).
"When we recruited these freshman, this was the kind of offense we expected to see," Carlson said. "Instead, we've had games where we can't hit much of anything. (Wednesday) was not one of those nights, as it appeared everything we tossed up there went in."
Babaya Oja led three Tritons in double figures with 24, while Katie Dentlinger added 21. Miliakere Koyamainavure contributed another 17.
"We really pushed the action and set the tone," Carlson said. "Credit Ellsworth, because they are a much better team than the first time we played. But, I also feel like we are improved, as well.
IOWA CENTRAL 84, ELLSWORTH 59
Iowa Central - Carly McRae 1 3-4 5, Theresa Doyle 1 0-0 3, Katie Dentlinger 8 4-6 21, Babaye Oja 9 4-6 24, Miliakere Koyamainavure 7 3-4 17, Jasmine Binion 1 0-2 3, Rebecca Easton 0 3-4 3, Aubriegh Yetmar 0 3-4 3, Lydia Harvey 2 0-0 5. Totals: 29 20-30 84.
Ellsworth - Jade Campbell 6 1-3 13, Celine Jolicoeur 5 5-9 19, Shamirah Johnson 0 1-2 1, Brittney Steffeny 5 3-4 16, Annaka Olsen 3 2-4 8, Brooke Heusinkveld 0 2-2 2. Totals: 19 14-24 59.
Halftime score: Iowa Central led 43-30. Three-point goals: Iowa Central 6 (Seibert 1, Dentlinger 1, Oja 2, Binion 1, Harvey 1); Ellsworth 7 (Jolicoeur 4, Steffeny 3).
"This four-guard lineup just continues to excel. With Lydia (Harvey) and Miliakere out there together, they are both tough players who battle for the loose balls."
Iowa Central broke open a 13-point game at halftime thanks to Dentlinger, as the freshman tallied nine quick points in the first four minutes. The Tritons built their lead to as many as 19 late in the game, earning their 10th win in the last 12 games overall.
"We've started to put some momentum together," Carlson said. "Now, we just need to keep it going from here on out."
Dentlinger also had six rebounds, as did Koyamainavure. Theresa Doyle and Harvey dished out three assists each for Iowa Central.
The Tritons return to the floor this Saturday afternoon at NIACC (13-10) beginning at 1 p.m. Both schools are receiving votes in the latest poll.