Close call for Lady Cougars in 67-58 win over South Suburban

The No. 4 Illinois Central College women’s basketball team bent, but did not break in its 67-58 win at South Suburban on Wednesday.

The win makes it ICC’s ninth consecutive win to extend the streak. The Cougars held an 18-point lead early in the third quarter, let SSC tie the game over a six-minute run, but then made plays down the stretch to secure the win.

ICC had a good offensive flow to start the game as Summer Stoewer nailed a 3-pointer on the opening possession, assisted Abby Coates.

Coates, Kathy Pinnock-Branford and Madison Faulkner all combined for scores to put ICC up 9-2. The Lady Cougars made some poor passes, allowing South Suburban to get some scores but a Jordyn Hare layup near the end of the quarter gave ICC an 18-11 lead. 

Stoewer started the second quarter the same way she started the game, connecting on another 3 and Faulkner hit a jumper, assisted by Marquitta Easley, to keep things rolling. The Cougars kept a double digit lead during the quarter as Easley found Henderson and Stoewer on cuts to the hoop and the ICC went up 37-25 at half. 

Pinnock-Branford started the half with a rare four-point play as she was fouled on a made 3-pointer on the right wing. Easley followed with a layup to give ICC their biggest lead of the night at 43-25.

After a SSC timeout, they went on a 20-2 run to knot the score at 45-all with two minutes to play.

Following a second time out, the Lady Cougars regrouped as Pinnock-Branford snagged a steal and hit a layup, Emma Henderson found Coates for a basket, and Stoewer fed Moriah Ward for a layup to boost an 8-0 run to finish the quarter and go back up 53-45.

Henderson bagged a 3-pointer and a jumper, assisted by Josi Becker, to give ICC some breathing room at 61-49. 

Individual stats:

Becker (5pts, 2 asts, 2 reb) Hare (2 pts, 2 reb) Faulkner (8 pts, 4 reb) Ward (2 pts) Stoewer (14 pts, 5 reb) Pinnock-Branford (9 pts, 5 reb, 4 asts) Henderson (8 pts, 2 stls) Coates (11 pts, 4 reb, 2 asts) Easley (8 pts, 3 asts, 3 stls)

Next up:

The Cougars have the weekend off to prepare for finals week and then host Jefferson College on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. The game will be live-streamed at www.icc.edu/athletics