Women’s Basketball at Lake Land
Poor Second Half + Turnovers Dooms Cougars
The #7 ICC women’s basketball team committed 23 turnovers and got outplayed in the second half at Lake Land (Mattoon) leading to a 56-68 loss on Saturday in Region 24 action. The Cougars were down only one point after the first 20 minutes, but got outscored 35-24 in the final two periods, dropping their record to 16-6 overall, 4-1 in Region 24. ICC set the tone early and not in a good way, turning the ball over six out of their first eleven possessions. Despite that, the Blue & Gold only faced a 10-4 deficit, and once they started getting quality possessions, scoring was easy in their high-low offense. Sydney McClintock and Jasmine Elliott took turns producing in the paint to draw to within 14-13 after the first period.
Lake Land got hot from the arc in the second quarter, but the Cougars countered with nine points from McClintock and Sommer Burgard in the paint and from the charity stripe to knot the game at 24-all. Brandi Fier sank a three-pointer and two free throws and Bri Henson converted an old-fashioned three-point play and ICC trailed only 33-32 at half.
Unfortunately for ICC, they started the 2nd half like they started the game, with five turnovers in their first ten possessions, but they again, dodged the bullets and were down just 39-38. The Cougars got the ball back inside to McClintock, Burgard, and Elliott who cashed in for eight points, but then the wheels fell off the defense, allowing the Lakers to take a 53-46 lead going into the 4th. Things continued on the same path for ICC, as they managed only two Elliott free throws in their first 12 possessions, putting the nail in the coffin on the game.