Cougars Roll at Danville
The #7 ICC women’s basketball team played their most complete game of the season as they rolled 96-47 over Danville Area CC on Thursday, February 11. The visiting Cougars shot a season-high 61%, held a 41-15 rebounding edge, and the Blue Crew (bench) tallied 50 points to give ICC their first MWAC win, moving their overall record to 5-0.
Kayla Gordon and Cierra McNamee combined to score the first 13 points, giving ICC a 13-7 lead. Then Dayja Evans got the hot hand, nailing three three-pointers (assists Gordon & Derria Edwards) followed by an Edwards layup to put ICC up 24-15 after one quarter.
Evans’s work on the perimeter opened up the middle for ICC & the interior players took advantage as Camryn Stafford, Keijah Gray, and McNamee scored to build a 53-25 halftime lead.
The Cougars started the half on a 12-2 run as Stafford, Gordon, & Edwards combined for scores. Mitchell hit a layup inside and then found Sh’coria Metts for a wide-open trey, followed by another Williams bomb and a Samaiya Buchanan layup en route to a 73-37 lead heading into the final frame. Courtney Jones had a nice finish inside and then assisted Gray on a post-feed while Edwards got a steal and layup and then hit a three-pointer (assist Williams) as all Cougars scored in this one.
Gordon (13pts/5asts/4reb) Jones (4ast/3reb/2pts) McNamee (12pts/5reb) Edwards (11pts/5reb/5stl) Stafford (8pts/4reb/2ast) Buchanan (3reb/2pts) Gray (10pts/5reb) Metts (6pts/3reb/2ast) Williams (6pts/2reb/2ast) Evans (13pts) Gibbs (4reb/3pts/2stl) Mitchell (10pts/5reb)
The Cougars will host Lincoln Land on Sunday at 1pm at Ramsey Gym. Livestream is available at icc.edu/athletics and audio only with Alex Staab at https://mixlr.com/icc-womens-basketball. Alex’s pregame show will begin at 12:30 pm.
ICC WBB is a member of the Midwest Athletic Conference (MWAC) along with Danville, John Wood (Quincy), Lewis & Clark (Godfrey), Lincoln Land (Springfield), Parkland (Champaign), & Spoon River (Canton). These teams plus Lake Land (Mattoon) make up the NJCAA Division II teams in Region 24 and each team will play the others twice in the next six weeks. A point system is kept for these 8 teams during the regular season (+2.5 pts for a road win, +2 for a home win) and seeds will be determined for the Region 24 Tourney based on points earned. All 8 teams will qualify for the region tourney (played the first week of March) but this year two teams from the St. Louis Region 16 will be combined with our Region 24 teams to compete for two bids to the National Tournament in Port Huron, MI. It’s a ways away, but we just wanted to give our fans an idea of how things work now that we’ve started conference and region play.