Women’s Basketball Updates

Burgard & Larsen Carry Cougars

Sophomore forward Sommer Burgard and freshman guard Bailey Larsen combined for 37 points to help the #8 ICC women’s basketball team to a 70-57 win over Lincoln Land in Springfield on Saturday afternoon.  Burgard took care of business during the entire game as she scored in all four quarters to keep ICC in the contest, while Larsen nailed some timely treys in the second half to give the Cougars (15-5 overall, 3-0 in Region 24 play) the win.

Krystal Walker hit two shots in the paint to get the Cougars rolling, followed by three straight Burgard scores (assists Jasmine Elliott & Serena Meiss) to put ICC up 10-7, and eventually take a 17-12 lead after the first quarter.  The lead could have been double digits, but the Cougars shot themselves in the foot by converting only 3 of 9 from the charity stripe for the first quarter.  ICC continued to ride on Burgard’s back as her basket gave ICC a 19-12 advantage, but then the Blue & Gold had a case of the terrible turnovers (7 of their next 12 possessions) and LLCC wiggled their way to within 24-21 at the 4:36 mark.  Things did not get better down the stretch as ICC was out of sync and the Loggers in high gear, and the hosts closed the half on a 12-3 run to take a 31-28 halftime lead.

Burgard, Larsen, and Bri Henson accounted for all of the scoring in the third period, with Burgard netting two free throws, Larsen scoring on a layup (assist Fier), and Henson adding two baskets to tie the game at 36-all.  The teams exchanged baskets until Henson and Burgard combined for four points and ICC went up 45-42 after three.  The Loggers took a 46-45 lead, but Larsen nailed two three-pointers (assists Fier) as ICC forged ahead 51-48 with 6:00 minutes to play.  Burgard then hit on three free throws followed by a Fier layup to start a Cougar run and give ICC some momentum. Larsen splashed in another three-ball on an out-of-bounds play, and Meiss hit two free throws and the Cougars went up 61-52.  Meiss then had two nice assists to Elliott for scores on the left block, and the Blue & Gold hit their free throws when they counted for the final margin.