Cougars Pounce on Bobcats

A complete effort in all phases of the game led the #14 ICC women’s basketball team to an 88-47 dismantling of #20 Bryant & Stratton on Saturday at Ramsey Gym. Defensively, ICC held BSC to 23% shooting (16-68), held them to 30 points below their season average, and out-rebounded them 59-37. Offensively, the Cougars shot 48% from the field (36-74), dished out 28 assists, and placed five players in double figures, moving their record to 19-6 while the Bobcats dropped to 19-9.

The Cougars started the game off like Indy 500 racers with Krystal Walker, Kellyn Maynard and Jasmine Levy as the pace cars. Walker and Maynard combined to score the first 8 points while Levy snagged what seemed like every defensive board to give ICC an 11-2 lead. The Bobcats got on track to draw to within 15-12, but Kathy Pinnock-Branford and Walker scored to give ICC a 19-12 first quarter advantage.

ICC’s first quarter defense was solid, but got even stronger in the second quarter, forcing nine Bobcat turnovers which led to several transition opportunities. Coates assisted Maynard on a layup, followed by a Walker trey (assist Larsen), and Larsen hit Coates for a basket to put ICC up 28-16. Larsen then swished back-to-back treys (assists Aubrey Magro and Maynard), Levy made a layup (Pinnock-Branford assist) and ICC soon led 38-18. Sia Williams hit two free throws followed by a Kennedy Banks hoop (assist Pinnock-Branford) that capped a 23-5 run and gave ICC a 42-19 lead at the half.

BSC made a layup on the first possession of the third quarter, Levy answered with a field goal on an assist by Walker. The Cougar defense continued to keep the Bobcats out of sync, not allowing any chance for a comeback. ICC led 62-35 after three quarters and continued to roll in the fourth. Second half high lights included: Pinnock-Branford scoring 8 points in the third quarter, Banks scoring in transition on a nice left-handed layup, Magro nailing a trey on an in-bounds play, and Williams pushing the ball ahead to Levy for a score in traffic.

Game goals met:
*Took a charge: Coates
*Win bench scoring: 29-24
*Win bench rebounding: 15-11
*Win at least 3 of 4 quarters
*Hold opponent to < than 12 off rebounds
*Met turnover goal

Leading post rebounder: Levy with a career high 18 boards. Yes, 18!!!
Leading guard rebounder: Maynard 8

Individual stats

Levy (12pts, 18reb). Walker (16pts, 4reb). Magro (9 pts). Williams (6reb). Maynard (12pts, 8reb, 4asts). Pinnock-Branford (career high 14pts & 7 asts). Coates (9pts, career high 6asts, 5reb). Larsen (10pts, 6asts). Banks (4pts, 3reb).