Defense Shines in Win over Mineral Area
After scoring in the 90s in their first two games, the #9 ICC women’s basketball team used a strong defensive effort to down Mineral Area 65-50 on Friday, February 5 in the Ramsey Gym. The Cougars held MAC to 29% shooting and forced 26 Cardinal turnovers, but are still working out the kinks a bit as they had 27 turnovers of their own. ICC did dish out 18 assists to net 22 field goals and went 19-21 from the free-throw line to get the win over Mineral Area, a Division I junior college from Park Hills, MO.
Derria Edwards led off the game with a three-pointer (assist Cierra McNamee) to get ICC rolling, but field goals were hard to come by as ICC managed a meager 2-12 from the field in the opening frame, but they did go 10-10 from the free-throw line to take a 15-10 lead after the first quarter. Kayla Gordon, Cierra McNamee, and Sh’coria Metts combined to spark the Cougars on an 8-0 run and go up 25-17 with 6:15 to play and another layup by McNamee (assist Kristyn Mitchell) and score by Gordon (assist Nia Williams) helped ICC to a 31-24 halftime lead.
Mineral Area came out with some fire to start the half, trimming the Cougar lead down to 35-34 but their momentum was thwarted by a Camryn Stafford three-pointer (assist Gordon) that kick-started an 8-0 run, finished off by a rebound put-back by Keijah Gray to put ICC up 43-34. Metts started the fourth quarter with a score, followed by a jumper in the corner by Williams to take a 53-38 advantage. The Cougars ran their offense efficiently to close the game, getting scores from Ayanna Gibbs, Metts, and Stafford for the final margin.
Gordon (career high 18 pts/6 reb/3 asts…and a 10-11 effort from the FT line) Jones (4 reb/3 stls/2 pts/1 charge taken) McNamee (7 pts/7 reb) Edwards (5 asts/3 pts) Stafford (13 pts) Buchanan (4 pts/3 reb) Gray (5 reb/4 pts) Metts (10 pts/2 stls) Williams (2 pts/2 asts) Gibbs (4 reb/2 pts) Mitchell (5 reb)
The Cougars, now 3-0, will be at home again on Saturday as they face Moberly Area CC (from Moberly, MO) at 1 pm at Ramsey Gym. Originally, ICC was to play William Penn JV, but WP had to cancel, so luckily Moberly was able to fill in at the last minute. Moberly is 3-0 and ranked #14 in the latest NJCAA DI poll.