Stoewer, Marshall Shoot Cougars to Victory; #13 ICC 77, South Suburban 66
Sophomore guards Summer Stoewer and Maia Marshall combined for 48 points to propel the #13 ICC women’s basketball team to a 77-66 victory at South Suburban College (5-4) on Saturday afternoon. Stoewer splashed in a career-high 7 three-pointers (out of 9 attempts) to tally 29 points, while Marshall scored on drives to the hoop as well as two treys for her 19 points. ICC ended up shooting 10-17 from distance and played solid defense to get the win, moving their record to 5-4.
1st Quarter: 12-all tie
Despite a 16-day layoff, the Cougars came out pretty sharp on both ends of the floor. Josi Becker started things off with a three-pointer and then took a charge on the defensive end. The sophomore floor general also assisted Stoewer for two long-range missiles in the stanza.
Halftime: ICC 32-27
Stoewer and Marshall hit back-to-back-to-back treys to counter South Sub’s shooting to forge ahead 26-22. The Cougars got a little careless with turnovers but kept their lead with solid team defense and rebounding. Camryn Stafford, Ayanna Gibbs, & Catora Brown scored baskets to keep the Cougar lead heading into the locker room.
End of 3rd: 58-49
Stoewer snagged a steal and turned it into a layup and then found Stafford inside for another score to start the second half. Threes stayed wild in the 3rd quarter, as Stoewer connected on THREE treys in a row (assists Becker) to give ICC a 45-34 lead midway through the period. Moriah Ward and Marshall added scores followed by another Stoewer bomb (assist Courtney Heffren) to push the lead to 52-38. Marshall drilled a trey followed by two Heffren scores, but the Bulldogs stayed within striking distance on slashing moves to the hoop and some treys of their own.
Stafford added two baskets and Marshall another to put ICC up 64-51, but SSC went on an 11-2 run to pull to within 66-62 with 4:24 remaining. The Cougars got recollected with a timeout and scored on their next possession on a nice move by Ward inside, and dug in their heals defensively, allowing the Bulldogs only four points the rest of the game. Ward & Stoewer each added field goals while Becker, Stafford, and Marshall hit from the charity stripe for the final margin.
Unofficial stats: (rebounds not included)
Becker (7 asts, 6 pts), Brown (2 pts), Gibbs (2 pts), Hare (1 ast), Heffren (4 pts) Marshall (19 pts, 2 asts) Overman (1 pt) Stafford (8 pts) Stoewer (29 pts, 4 stls) Ward (6 pts, 2 asts)