Women’s Basketball Compete in Tucson, AZ

Cougars Top Glendale in AZ

The #11 Illinois Central College women’s basketball team saved the best for last as they rallied in the final quarter to defeat Glendale CC 70-54 in their first game at the Native American Classic in Tucson, AZ on Thursday, November 17.  The ladies played some of their best team defense of the season, which led to  transition baskets and helped propel them to victory.

The Cougars used three-pointers from Bailey Larsen and Krystal Walker in the opening quarter to take a 12-8 advantage after the first ten minutes of play.  ICC stretched their lead to 18-13 on a basket by Sommer Burgard, but Glendale tied it up at 18-all quickly thereafter.  The teams traded scores the rest of the half and ICC took a slim 27-26 lead at halftime.

Glendale got hot from the perimeter in the third period, hitting four long-range bombs to go up 44-38, but Brandi Fier countered with a trey of her own, followed by two free throws to keep ICC within striking distance, and the Cougars trailed 49-45 heading into the final stanza.  That’s when the Cougar defense hung tough, forcing four straight turnovers to begin the 4th quarter, and turning those into points on a free throw from Walker, baskets by Serena Meiss and Bri Henson, and a trey from Walker to grab the lead at 53-52.  Meiss, Burgard, and Henson all scored on baseline out-of-bounds plays to give ICC a 59-52 cushion, and the Cougars kept the pedal to the medal to finish the game, and the final scoreboard showed the Cougars outscoring Glendale 25-7 in the final period to get the win.


Cougars Make It Rain 3’s In Desert Win

The ICC women’s basketball team’s shooting was as hot as the Arizona sun on Friday as they buried 14 three-pointers enroute to an 86-60 win over Tohono O’odham on Friday afternoon at the Native American Classic in Tucson, AZ.  Five players notched double figures as the Cougars tallied their high of 3’s this season, and unofficial stats showed the Cougars nailing an amazing 14 out of 17 long range bombs on the day (82%).

ICC came out with a fierce intensity on both ends of the floor darting to a 12-2 lead behind two baskets by Brandi Fier, two treys by Bailey Larsen, and a Bri Henson score.  Leading 16-7 midway through the period, the Cougars then went on a 13-2 run, scoring on seven straight possessions to take a 29-9 first quarter lead.  During that stretch, Henson, Serena Meiss, Fier, and Krystal Walker all had a hand in the scoring, as the Cougars ran their offensive sets to near perfection.

The tide turned in the second period, however, as Tohono was the one who was hot from the perimeter.  The Cougar offense stalled, allowing their foes to close the gap to 31-21, but Meiss stopped the run with a basket to get ICC back on track with a basket.  ICC also got contributions from Kellyn Maynard, Fier, Jasmine Elliott, and another Larsen three-ball to take a 44-29 lead into intermission.

Tohono didn’t back down, closing the gap to 44-34, but Fier (2) and Larsen (1) tickled the twine for three straight treys to keep a 53-39 lead.  Walker and Maynard then combined for five straight scores to help the Blue and Gold close the quarter on a 10-2 run to take a 63-45 advantage heading into the final period.  Even though Tohono kept firing away, the Cougars extended their lead through the fourth for the final margin.


3rd Quarter Dooms Cougars In Loss to Pima

A lousy third quarter ruined the ICC women’s basketball team’s chances of getting a win over #1-ranked Pima CC, as the Cougars fell 96-74 on Saturday afternoon in Tucson. The Blue and Gold were outscored 34-16 in the 3rd frame, leaving them with a 2-1 record on their road swing in the Grand Canyon State.

The Cougars opened with a 9-2 lead as they scored on their first five possessions. Sommer Burgard scored on two baskets in the paint, Bri Henson nailed a trey, and Krystal Walker connected on two free throws to get ICC off on the right foot. Pima got on track and tied the score at 13-all, and, due to a scoring error in the official book, took a 19-18 lead at the quarter break (the score was actually tied at 19).

Brandi Fier, Burgard, and Kellyn Maynard combined to get ICC the lead back at 28-27, but Pima countered with a three-ball on the next possession, and despite two scores on the block from Jasmine Elliott, Pima took a 37-34 halftime lead.

The third quarter was a nightmare for the Cougars, as they began the half with 5 turnovers on their first 6 possessions. The defense also went in the tank, allowing Pima to take a 51-41 advantage. The hosts had several “and-ones” in the quarter, while the Cougars couldn’t catch a break, and Pima held a 71-50 edge after three quarters. ICC held their own in the fourth, but the deficit was too much to overcome.

Unofficial stats:
Free Throws:  22-29 (76%)
Burgard & Fier:  14 pts. each
Walker:  13 pts.
Henson:  10 pts.
Meiss & Elliott:  8 pts. each
Maynard & Larsen:  3 pts. each
Lyons:  1 pt.
Record:  4-3

Next game: Wednesday, November 30 vs. Robert Morris Peoria, 6 pm in the Ramsey gym.

OTHER: We had a wonderful time in Tucson! Our ladies grew as a team and had lots of laughs. We filmed a “Mannequin Challenge” at the pool (look for it on our team twitter account), held the inaugural “Lip Sync Battle” with lots of interesting performances including some of the team moms getting in on the syncing, had some authentic Mexican food at El Charro, shopped at an outlet mall in Phoenix, and of course, enjoyed the wonderful sunny weather. We would like to thank everyone who supported our team and wish everyone a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!!!