ICC Athletic News

Cougars Survive in OT at South Suburban

The Illinois Central College women’s basketball team survived with a 62-59 win at South Suburban College in South Holland on Saturday, February 22.   Barely! The Bulldogs had a 10-foot shot bounce off the rim that would have won the game in regulation and also missed a potential game-tying three-pointer that would have sent the contest into double OT at the overtime buzzer. The Cougars also survived through their own mistakes with 31 turnovers (leading to 20 Bulldog points) and gave South Suburban 15 points off of offensive rebounds. But the results are all that matter and ICC stayed the course to continue their 10-game win streak.

South Suburban opened the game ready to play, darting out to a 6-0 lead. The Cougars got on track with baskets by Helena Rodriguez, Gabby Williams, and Shaakera Jones to knot the score at 6-all, but the SSC regained control and held a 17-12 advantage with 6:08 left in the half. Shay Robinson then ignited the Cougars with some much-needed energy, hitting two three-pointers and Williams added six points of her own to help put the Cougars up 30-26 at the half.

The Cougars started the half slowly, committing four turnovers early to allow South Sub to regain the lead at 39-37.  Robinson hit another three to get ICC back on top and Rodriguez made a layup to give the Cougars a 45-41 lead with about 10 minutes to play. Tiffany Masters added a three-pointer from the right wing and Rodriguez scored on an old-fashioned three-point play to put ICC in control, 55-45, with 6:25 remaining. Unfortunately, the Cougars only scored three points the rest of the way, allowing SSC to draw within 58-55 with :20 left. Jazmine Stubblefield missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and the Bulldogs came down and ran an offensive set. ICC played great defense on the possession, forcing SSC to miss on the first attempt, but the Bulldogs got the offensive rebound and scored on the putback and ICC fouled on the shot with 1.9 left in regulation. South Suburban made the ensuing free throw to tie the score at 58-all.  ICC inbounded the ball and turned it over, allowing the Bulldogs a shot at the win, which bounced off the rim and sent the game into overtime.

ICC scored first in the extra session on a Rodriguez layup but South Sub came down and was fouled on the next play, making only the first free throw to leave the Cougars with a 60-59 lead. After turnovers by both teams, April Gebke hit a jumper on the left baseline to give ICC a 62-59 lead with 1:21 left in OT. The Cougars held SSC scoreless on the last three possessions, including the final three-point attempt to escape with the win.

The Cougars were led in scoring by Rodriguez’s 19 points while Williams finished with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Robinson provided a a spark off the bench with 11 points (3-6 from 3pt range) and pulled down 6 boards. Jones chipped in with 8 points and 5 boards, while Masters had 5 points, Gebke finished with 4 points, and Naomi Harris had 2 points. Stubblefield led in assists with 4.

The #3-ranked Cougars, now 25-3, have two games this week as they finish out the regular season at home. Their schedule is:

Mon, Feb. 24 at 6:30—vs. ISU Club Team (Play for Kay Wear Pink Game) Wed, Feb. 26 at 5:30—vs. Robert-Morris Springfield (Sophomore Day)