Lady Cougars Down Moberly Area

The No. 4 Illinois Central College women’s basketball team win streak stayed alive at 15 games as they downed Moberly Area Community College 70-65 in Missouri on Saturday evening.

The Lady Cougars held a 10-point lead at halftime, only to see MACC take a four-point lead midway through the fourth, but ICC surged late to seal the win. ICC shot 50 percent from the field (27-53) but going 15-29 shooting from the charity stripe (52 percent) allowed the Greyhounds to linger. Still, the Cougars stayed tough down the stretch and got a hard-earned team win to move their record to 15-1 while Moberly, a Division I junior college, drops to 7-8.

ICC shot out to a 7-0 lead on layups by Marquitta Easley, Jordyn Hare, and an old-fashioned 3-point play by Summer Stoewer. MACC steadied themselves and drew back to 15-11 midway through the period but the Cougars’ Moriah Ward got busy inside for baskets and ICC took a 23-16 lead after the first quarter. 

Hare started the quarter off with another basket followed by an Easley basket (assisted by Kathy Pinnock-Branford) to make the score 28-21. Raven Overman scored on a put-back followed by a Stoewer three-ball (assist Josi Becker) and the Cougars took a 41-31 halftime lead. 

Easley and Emma Henderson scored on the first two possessions to give the Cougars a 45-31 lead but ICC went cold, scoring only seven points the rest of the quarter. Meanwhile, the Greyhounds heated up, hitting two-3-pointers and finishing inside the paint to close the gap to 52-49 heading into the final stanza. 

Abby Coates scored on an Easley feed to open the quarter but MACC then surged, hitting three treys to go on an 11-4 run and take a 62-58 lead with 4:29 remaining. Following a time-out, the Lady Cougars dug in their heels as Ward scored inside (assisted by Stoewer) and Pinnock-Branford hit a jumper to knot the score, tied at 62-62. Ward and Easley combined for the next six points and just as importantly, ICC ratcheted up their defense and held MACC to just three points in the final minutes. Coates and Pinnock-Branford hit free throws to seal the win. 

Unofficial stats (only scoring & assists):

Becker (4 asts, 2 pts) Hare (5 pts) Overman (2 pts) Ward (13 pts-career high) Stoewer (8 pts & 5 asts) Pinnock-Branford (6 pts, 2 asts) Henderson (5 pts) Coates (10 pts) Easley (19 pts & 3 asts)

Next up:

The Cougars will face Black Hawk College in Moline on Tuesday, Jan., 8 in a 5:30 pm start.