Lady Cougars Cruise Past DACC, 74-44
An overall solid team effort led the No. 2 Illinois Central College women’s basketball team to a 74-44 win over Danville Area Community College on Saturday (Feb. 2) afternoon at Ramsey Gym.
The Lady Cougars controlled the game from the outset, forcing 28 DACC turnovers while dishing out 21 assists on the afternoon to get the win, moving ICC to 20-1 overall, 3-0 in Region 24 play, and 2-0 in MWAC play.
ICC raced out to an 8-0 lead as Marquitta Easley scored off of Abby Coates’ tip off the jump ball, followed by a Coates’ basket, assisted by Summer Stoewer, and two Moriah Ward buckets.
Emma Henderson connected on a 3-pointer, assisted by Kathy Pinnock-Branford, to push the lead to 11-2 before DACC got on track and trimmed their deficit to 20-14 at the end of the quarter.
Pinnock-Branford fired up the troops with a layup, assisted by Easley, and followed it up with taking a charge to give ICC some momentum. The Lady Cougars also employed a full-court press, which hurried the Jaguars into turnovers that ICC cashed into points.
Coates scored on an old-fashioned 3-point play, assisted by Easley, and then Pinnock-Branford displayed Tom Brady accuracy as she threw a full-court Hail Mary to a streaking Easley at the other end for a layup to put ICC up 29-16. Madison Faulkner scored the next eight consecutive points as she found gaps in the DACC defense and helped ICC take a 37-20 lead into halftime.
ICC steadily increased their lead into the third quarter as Stoewer splashed in a 3-pointer and Coates finished inside with an assist by Pinnock-Branford. Josi Becker then found Ward and Raven Overman for baskets in the paint and hit Henderson for a 3-pointer, giving ICC a 58-29 lead.
The Lady Cougars held their largest lead at 60-29 and kept pace in the fourth period to get the win.
Becker (7 pts, 3 reb, 6 asts, 3 stls) Hare (4 pts, 2 reb) Faulkner (10 pts, 6 reb) Brown (3 pts) Overman (4 pts) Ward (9 pts, 3 reb) Stoewer (7 pts, 3 reb, 3 stls) Pinnock-Branford (8 pts, 7 reb, 4 asts, 3 stls, 2 charges taken) Henderson (6 pts) Coates (7 pts, 6 reb, 4 asts) Easley (9 pts, 4 asts)
The Cougars will host Parkland College on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in another MWAC/Region 24 matchup at. The game can be seen live at www.icc.edu/athletics.
John Wood Game Rescheduled
The contest vs. John Wood in Quincy has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 pm.