Cougars Frozen in Arizona: Arizona Western 62, #18 ICC 56

The #18 ICC women’s basketball team struggled with turnovers and poor shooting on the first night of the Desert Classic in Yuma, AZ, losing 62-56 to the host school, Arizona Western on Friday, November 17. The Cougars coughed up the ball 24 times and only converted on 34% of their shots when they did get them leading to the loss.

ICC turned the ball over on five of their first seven possessions against the scrappy Matador zone defense, allowing AWC to dart out to an 8-0 lead. An Aubrey Magro feed to Kellyn Maynard got the Cougars on the board, but the hosts took an 11-4 lead after one period of play. Midway through the second quarter with Western up 21-14, the Cougars put together a 7-0 run, fueled by an Abby Coates basket, two Maynard freebies, and a Sia Williams three-ball (assist Maynard) to knot the score at 21-all. ICC got a charge called and a turnover on their next two possessions and AWC converted those miscues by nailing two threes to take a 27-22 halftime lead.

The Cougars opened the half on a 5-0 run as Coates scored inside (assist Krystal Walker) and Sia Williams converted an old-fashioned three-point play to draw to within 29-27. ICC knotted the score at 32-all on an Emma Henderson trey (assist Maynard) and two free throws by Isreal Evans. However, turnovers reared their ugly head again, allowing AWC a 45-36 lead after three quarters.

The Matador lead ballooned to 57-41 before ICC mounted a furious rally but it was too little too late and the clock ran out, giving the Cougars a 4-2 record on the season.

Stats: Coates (13 pts, 5 reb, 3 blocks), Maynard (11 pts), Williams (9 pts), Faulkner (7 pts, 5 reb), Evans (6 pts, 5 reb), Walker (4 pts, 3 asts), Pinnock-Branford (3 pts, 2 asts), Henderson (3 pts).