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.

Final stanza:

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)