Women’s Basketball Handle the Lynx for the Win

The ICC women’s basketball team dished out 22 assists and held Lincoln College to 34% shooting to gain a 69-46 victory over the Lynx at Ramsey Gym in a Region 24 contest on Wednesday evening, January 25.  The win moves the #7 ranked Cougars’ record to 16-5 overall and 4-0 in Region 24 play, while Lincoln dropped to 9-9 overall and 0-1 in the region.

While ICC took an early 8-2 lead, both teams were a little sloppy from the start as evidenced by a combined 12 turnovers in the period.  The Blue & Gold did manage an 18-13 lead heading into the second quarter and stretched that to 27-18 lead as Bailey Larsen tickled the twine from downtown (assist Krystal Walker) and Brianna Henson and Jasmine Elliott each scored with 3:45 left in the half.  Sydney McClintock got her first points at Ramsey Gym on back-to-back scores (assists Larsen & Burgard) to give the Cougars some momentum and ICC took a 31-20 advantage into recess.

Things were ho-hum to start the third until the Cougars picked up their intensity on defense and suddenly their eleven-point lead ballooned to twenty as ICC went on an 18-2 run the last six minutes of the quarter.  Brandi Fier turned a steal into a layup (assist Walker), followed by Kalyn Lyons hitting a cutting Maynard in the paint and another Fier layup put ICC up 44-28.  Burgard scored inside (assist Henson) and then Burgard found Larsen for another three-ball and the Cougars found themselves up 51-30 after three and coasted to the finish for the win.

The Cougars hit these goals in the win:
Opponent doesn’t go on 6-0 run
Take at least 1 charge:  we took 3 (Maynard 2, Larsen 1)!!!
Win bench scoring:  ICC 20, Lynx 5

Individual stats:
Henson (13pts, 6 reb), Maynard (10 pts, 6 reb), Burgard (9pts, 4 reb, 4 ast), Larsen (9 pts, 4 reb, 4 st), Fier (8pts, 5 st), McClintock (8pts), Elliott (6pts, 4 reb), Walker (6 asts, 4 pts), Lyons (2pts).

Next up:  Saturday, January 28th at 5:30 at Lake Land (Mattoon) in a Region 24 contest.  Game should be able to be seen live at http://www.lakerball.net or “Lakerball You Tube Watch Live.”