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Cardinal Men #1 in first NWAC Basketball Polls. Women 6th


The NWAC released the first basketball polls of the season and the Cardinal men were a unanimous choice for the top spot. The NIC women were tabbed as the 6th best team in the rankings, released on December 12.

The Cardinal men are currently 10-1, averaging 100 points per game, while only giving up 71.1 points per game. Both scoring statistics are good for second in the NWAC. Heading into the holiday break, the men are led in scoring by freshman Emmitt Taylor III at 20.6 points per game, while sophomore guard RayQuan Evans leads the team in rebounding (7.3) and assists (6.9) per game, while averaging 19 points a contest. Freshman Nate Pryor (14.3) and sophomore Alphonso Anderson (14.1) both average double figures, and sophomore center Jarod Greene is second in the NWAC in field goal percentage at 69.8% while averaging 8.1 points per game. The NIC men have one more holiday tournament before conference play begins in January, competing in the prestigious Fiesta JUCO basketball tournament in Mesa, Arizona. The Cardinals will face the host team, Mesa Community College, on December 27th at 6:00pm. The tournament field also includes NJCAA top ranked and defending national champion South Plains College (TX), and former SWAC rivals Salt Lake CC (ranked #7) and Snow College (ranked #12).

The Cardinals will open NWAC conference play on January 2 at Big Bend Community College, The Vikings are ranked #8 in the NWAC poll, with a 10-1 record. 

The Lady Cardinals recently completed a 2-1 finish at the Holiday Inn Express NWAC Crossover tournament, losing to #2 ranked Umpqua CC in overtime. The East Region is heavily represented in the first NWAC basketball poll, with five teams ranked in the top 8, and two other teams receiving votes. The polls list Columbia Basin (#3), Spokane (#4), Yakima Valley (#5), NIC (#6), and Wenatchee Valley (#7), with Walla Walla and Big Bend receiving votes for ranking consideration.

The Cardinal women average 74.4 points while giving up only 56.1 defensively. The Lady Cardinals have a balanced scoring attack with five players averaging double figures. Freshman Alivia Williams leads the way at 18.2, followed by Keara Simpson (12.9 points, 7.6 rebounds), Heidi Sellmann (11.1 points, 6.6 rebounds), Halle Eborall (10.9 points, 7.3 rebounds) and Alex Carlton (10 points per game). 

The Lady Cardinals (7-2) will participate in the Lower Columbia College (WA) tournament December 27-29, before beginning NWAC conference play on January 2 at Big Bend CC. 

The Cardinals NWAC home opener is scheduled for Saturday January 5th against Treasure Valley at 2:00 for the women and 4:00 for the men. All NWAC games will be available for viewing on the Cardinal webcast network on YouTube, at  

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Contact the NIC Athletics Department for more information at (208) 769-3348, or for complete team schedules.