Cougars Upend #2 Lincoln Land
Ayanna Gibbs’s near triple-double helped the #16 ICC women’s basketball team to an 80-73 win over #2 Lincoln Land on Saturday afternoon at Ramsey Gym. The freshman forward (Normal West HS) filled the stat sheet with 15 rebounds, 14 points, and 9 assists while sophomore guard Maia Marshall led the team in scoring with 15 points. The Cougars had a solid team effort, dishing out 24 assists to net 35 field goals, shot 47% from the field (35-75), and held LLCC to 35% field goal shooting to get the win.
End of 1st quarter: ICC 20, LLCC 16
The Cougars raced out of the gates to a 9-0 lead on field goals by Courtney Heffren, Josi Becker, Gibbs, and a three by Camryn Stafford, with all of the scores coming off of assists (two from Gibbs, and one each from Stafford & Becker). The Loggers reeled off seven straight points but Sh’coria Metts answered that with a three-pointer (assist Marshall) midway through the period. Heffren, Marshall, and Stafford combined for a 6-0 run to put ICC up 18-12, and Stafford added another basket (assist Heffren) to give ICC the four-point lead.
Halftime: ICC 44, LLCC 34
Summer Stoewer swished a three-pointer (assist Becker) to give the Cougars a 23-16 advantage, but the Loggers went on a 10-0 run to grab their first lead 26-23 just three minutes in. Gibbs continued her yeoman’s work (or in this case yeowoman) as she scored six straight points (assists Stoewer & Becker) followed by a Stafford score to put ICC back up at 31-28 at the midway point. ICC dug in on defense and kept the offense moving as Stafford scored inside (assist Gibbs), Marshall splashed in a trey (assist Becker), Becker made a layup (assist Metts), and Jordyn Hare hit a jumper (assist Stoewer) giving the hosts a double-digit lead at the break.
End of 3rd quarter: ICC up 62-48
Gibbs kept ICC rolling as she connected on a field goal (assist Moriah Ward), Ward cleaned up with a putback, Heffren scored on a drive, and Ward made a layup (assist Gibbs) to open a 52-37 advantage. Gibbs found Ward and Hare for two scores and then added one of her own to keep the lead, but it was the defense that helped open the gap as the Cougars limited LLCC to only 4 of 18 shooting for the quarter.
LLCC did not go away quietly as they opened the quarter with a 10-0 run to stay nipping at the Cougars’ heels at 62-58. Heffren responded with a baseline drive and then swiped a steal and found Becker for a layup to put the ICC up 66-58 at the 7:00 mark. Gibbs cleaned up a miss for a score and Stoewer hustled for a steal that she turned into a layup, giving ICC a 71-58 lead with 5:40 remaining. LLCC continued to battle while ICC went cold, allowing the Loggers to pull to within 76-72 with 1:30 to play. Gibbs forced a turnover and ICC ran a possession, getting two offensive rebounds where Marshall was fouled on her put-back attempt. She and Becker closed the game out with free throws to give ICC their second win over a ranked opponent this week.
Game goals met:
Shot on 1st possession of each quarter
Win scoring 3 of 4 quarters
Met turnover goal
Leading post rebounder: Gibbs-15
Leading guard rebounder: Heffren-6
Becker (9 pts, 6 asts, 4 reb) Hare (4 pts) Ward (6 pts, 4 reb) Stoewer (6 pts, 5 reb, 2 asts, 2 stls) Stafford (11 pts, 3 reb) Marshall (15 pts, 3 reb) Metts (3 pts) Hefffren (12 pts, 6 reb) Gibbs (15 reb, 14 pts, 9 asts)
Next up: ICC moves to 17-6 overall, 3-1 in Region 24 play, & 3-0 in the MWAC. They will play next at MWAC opponent Lewis & Clark (Godfrey, IL) on Wednesday at 5:30 pm.
Other: The ladies wore pink shooting shirts and pink socks to help spread breast cancer awareness and as part of their Stronger Together Survivor Celebration, where 5 survivors were recognized at halftime. Proceeds from the admission gate, concessions, and the sales of the shirts will go to three organizations: Illinois Cancer Care, Susan G Komen, and the American Cancer Society.
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