COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Crowder’s three-game winning streak ended with a 89-70 loss Saturday afternoon to the Iowa Western Reivers.

Crowder was outscored 47-22 in the middle quarters Saturday and that was all she wrote for the Lady ‘Riders, who dropped to 12-5 overall on the season and 2-4 on the road.

Crowder returns to the road Saturday for the Region 16 opener against Mineral Area. Crowder does not return home until January 20 and a Region 16 contest against Three Rivers.

In Saturday’s loss to Iowa Western, Elle Williams led Crowder off the bench with 17 points on 5 for 8 shooting from the floor, 2-4 from 3-point range, and 5-6 at the stripe.

Alex Vogt and Coley Ickes added 13 and 12 points, respectively, to lead the starting lineup and Michaela Mack had nine points, five rebounds, and three assists, while fellow Oklahoma native Morgan Crawford had seven points and three rebounds.

Crowder played without sophomore post Zahria White for the second time and her absence on the court proved critical, since Iowa Western outrebounded Crowder 39-15.

In her first 16 games this season, White averaged 11.3 points and six rebounds, both numbers team leaders for the Lady ‘Riders.

White’s expected to return for the Region 16 opener against Mineral Area.

Also, Tori Coulter, off a 22-point and six 3-pointer night against Redlands on Wednesday, did not play Saturday afternoon.

On Saturday, Crowder shot 49 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from 3-point range, and still lost, because Iowa Western shot over 52 percent from the field, overcoming 18 turnovers.

Naomie Alnatas scored a game-high 25 points to spark the Reivers and she hit six 3-point goals. She had three rebounds to go with her shooting and scoring efforts.

Zheniah Jackson, Delia Ania-Gata, and Jazza Johns each scored 12 points for a Reivers starting lineup that generated 61 points.

Johns grabbed 11 rebounds and Ania-Gata dished out 11 assists, nearly doubling up Crowder’s six assists on her own. The Reivers tallied 23 assists overall.

Azaria Floyd and Miya Bull each added eight points for Iowa Western and Bull grabbed seven boards to help Iowa Western improve to 12-4 on the season with a five-game winning streak.

Mineral Area, who defeated Crowder last season for a Region 16 tournament title in Jefferson City, took a 76-57 defeat in a Region 16 opener Saturday against Three Rivers.

Three Rivers improved to 13-5 overall and 1-0 Region 16, while Mineral Area dropped to 10-4 overall and 0-1 Region 16.

In the Region 16 coaches preseason poll, Mineral Area was picked third, Three Rivers fourth, and Crowder fifth in the six-team region, with nationally-ranked Moberly picked No. 1, State Fair No. 2, and Jefferson No. 6.

Entering the day Saturday, Crowder — who matched its wins from last season 17 games ahead of pace — still led NJCAA Division I in free throw attempts with 506, averaging nearly 30 free throw attempts their first 17 games. Saturday’s 26 attempts gave the Lady ‘Riders 532 for the season.

 

IOWA WESTERN 89, CROWDER 70

Crowder 23 6 16 25 — 70

Iowa Western 24 17 30 18 — 89

CROWDER (12-5) — Coley Ickes 4-9 2-2 12, Bethaney Gilkey 1-4 0-0 2, Michaela Mack 3-9 3-4 9, Morgan Crawford 2-5 3-10 7, Alex Vogt 5-9 3-4 13, Sydney Linny 0-0 0-0 0, Maegan Bandimere 3-4 0-0 8, Aubrie Ayers 1-1 0-0 2, Elle Williams 5-8 5-6 17. Totals: 24-49 16-26 70.

IOWA WESTERN (12-4) — Zheniah Jackson 4-8 4-5 13, Naomie Alnatas 8-13 3-3 25, Delia Ania-Gaja 5-12 0-1 12, Jazza Johns 5-7 2-4 12, Kiara Dallman 1-1 0-2 2, Zhan’e Williams 0-3 0-0 0, Channie Mai 0-3 0-0 0, Azaria Floyd 2-4 4-4 8, Elsa Pardo 2-2 0-0 5, Christelle Nyauchi 2-2 0-0 4, Miya Bull 4-8 0-0 8. Totals: 33-63 13-19 89.

3-point goals — Crowder 6 (Bandimere, Ickes, Williams 2), Iowa Western 10 (Alnatas 6, Ania-Gaja 2, Jackson, Pardo).