Big 3rd Quarter, Stoewer, Marshall Lift Cougars over Braves
The #7 ICC women’s basketball team used a 26-0 run to start the 3rd quarter to post a 94-57 win at Ramsey Gym on Tuesday evening. The Cougar pressed disrupted harrassed the Braves into 27 turnovers and Summer Stoewer (30 points) and Maia Marshall (career high 21 points) were the catalysts on the offensive end to get ICC back on the winning track. The victory moves ICC to an 11-5 record while BHC fell to 10-5.
End of 1st quarter: 17-all
The Cougars shot out to a 9-4 lead behind a Stoewer layup, Marshall basket (assist Josi Becker), Camryn Stafford basket (assist Stoewer), and charge taken by Becker. The Braves locked down on defense, however, taking three charges of their own to disrupt the Cougar offense. ICC was only able to muster two Catora Brown baskets and two free throws by Jordyn Hare the final 4:00 minutes of the period.
Halftime: ICC 40, BHC 34
The Cougars zeroed in on defense and Marshall sprung free for transition scores, netting 12 points in the quarter while Stoewer splashed in two treys three-pointer to give ICC a 36-23 lead with 4:12 remaining. However, the Cougar attack stalled while the Braves heated up to keep the game tight.
End of 3rd: ICC up 75-38
ICC came out with better focus to start the 3rd and ramped up the defensive pressure, turning the 3rd quarter into a clinic and showing what can happen when a team works hard and works together. On the first possession, Becker got a steal which turned into a Stoewer score, Stoewer blocked a shot and started the break, which turned into a Moriah Ward score, Stoewer got a steal and then splashed in a trey (assist Courtney Heffren), Ayanna Gibbs swiped a steal and passed to Stoewer for a basket and five minutes later the Cougars held a 66-34 lead and rolled from there.
Ariana Washington nailed two three-pointers and added a layup on her way to a career-high of 8 points and Sh’coria Metts added a layup as all Cougars scored in the contest.
The Cougars have established a list of “game goals” to give them something specific to work for in games. These goals were reached tonight:
*Win Blue Crew (bench) scoring: 26-9
*Win Blue Crew rebounding: 24-15
*< than 18 turnovers
*Shoot 70% from FT line: (10-13; 77%)
*Take a charge: Becker
*Leading guard rebounder: Metts (8-career high)
Becker (5 pts, 5 asts, 3 st) Hare (3 reb, 2 pts) Brown (6 pts, 5 reb, 2 ast) Ward (6 pts, 4 reb) Washington (8 pts) Stoewer (30 pts, 5 reb, 4 asts) Stafford (6 pts, 3 reb, 2 blk) Marshall (21 pts, 5 asts) Metts (8 reb, 2 pts) Heffren (6 pts, 4 reb, 3 stl) Gibbs (4 stl, 3 reb)
Next up: The Cougars will face #9 Bryant & Stratton (11-5) on Friday at 5:30 pm in Milwaukee. Please note the game will be played on Mt. Mary University’s campus at the Bloechl Rec Center (2900 N. Menomonee River Prkwy, Milwaukee, WI 53222). Live-stream should be available at game time using this link: https://wisconsin.bscbobcats.com/fanzone/streaming?bfplayvid=150656 or fans can listen to an audio broadcast with Alex Staab at mixlr.com/AlexStaab.