Women’s Basketball at NIACC Classic- Results

November 4:  NIACC SHOOTS DOWN COUGAR LADIES 

The #11 ranked Illinois Central College women’s basketball team suffered a 95-76 loss at the hands of #14 North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) on Friday night at the Konigsmark Klassic in Mason City, IA.  The Cougars battled, but could not overcome their turnovers (28 on the evening) and host NIACC’s three-point shooting (16-55), resulting in the season opening loss. 

NIACC set the tone early for their intended game plan, hitting two three-pointers, but the Cougars’ Bailey Larsen (Normal U-High), countered with her first one of her college career to make it 6-3.  The teams traded baskets as Kellyn Maynard (Paxton-Buckley-Loda) scored in transition (assist Brandi Fier) to make the score 8-7 in NIACC’s favor, but NIACC stayed in control to take a 22-16 lead after one quarter.  NIACC kept on the attack, but ICC countered with baskets by Maynard and Fier to keep their deficit at 28-24 with 6:00 remaining in the half.  The Trojans nailed three consecutive treys to outscore the Cougars over the final minutes of the half to take a 47-31 advantage into the locker room. 

To open the second half, ICC scored on their first two possessions, but NIACC answered with a run to take a 60-40 lead just four minutes into the third period.  Freshman Krystal Walker (Zion-Benton HS) scored on back-to-back hoops but the Trojans took a 70-51 lead into the final stanza.  Fier snuck in the lane for some easy hoops to keep the Cougars within striking distance, but the Trojans scored on 5 of their next 7 possessions from long-range to shoot the Cougars down and hand them their first loss on the young season.

November 5:  COUGARS NET FIRST WIN 

Kellyn Maynard’s 20 points and 15 rebounds led the ICC women’s basketball team to a 65-42 victory over Ellsworth CC at the Konigsmark Klassic in Mason City, IA. The win gives ICC their first win on the young season, moving their record to 1-1.

Sommer Burgard scored the first four points for the Cougars, followed by an Abby Jaques 3-pointer and a basket by Maynard to take a 9-2 lead. ECC got on track, but another Maynard basket, Bailey Larsen trey, and Jasmine Elliott field goal helped ICC take a 16-9 advantage after one period. The Cougar offense sputtered, with Maynard (6 pts), a Larsen three-ball, and a Burgard basket the only scoring that happened in the 2nd quarter, giving ICC only a 27-23 halftime advantage.

The Blue and Gold perked up to start the 3rd, stretching their lead to 38-29 behind Maynard (4 pts), Krystal Walker (4 pts), and baskets by Burgard and Elliott. Brandi Fier scored on a nifty lay-up to start the fourth period to give ICC some breathing room followed by two Maynard layups and four free throws by Walker to put ICC up 58-39 and the Cougars cruised from there.