ICC Athletic News

ICC Women Pull Away to Win at Kankakee

Illinois Central College women’s basketball team, ranked #3, used balanced scoring and stingy defense to pick up a quality road win over #8 Kankakee Community College, 76-56 on Wednesday night February 19th.  The Cougars placed four players in double figures while holding KCC to 30% field goal shooting and limiting them to just 22 second half points (i.e., 10 FT, 2 3-pt goals and 3 FG)  to get the victory and end the Lady Cavs’ twelve game winning streak.

The Cougars raced out of the gates quickly, opening the game with a 12-3 lead with 14:42 on the clock. ICC kept things in high gear as Michaela Kumer, Chanta Wright, Shaakera Jones and Gabby Williams scored the next nine points in just three minutes to give the Cougars their largest lead of the half at 21-7.  KCC, however, began to chip away at the Cougar lead as their shooting picked up and the Cougars went cold. Kankakee closed the gap to 25-21 with 6:54 left, and then the Lady Cavs eventually took the lead into the locker room, up 34-33.

ICC got on track to start the second half, scoring on their first eight possessions, capped by two Wright layups to give ICC a 46-41 lead. KCC rallied to cut the Cougar lead to 52-49, but two back-to-back three-pointers by Kumer and April Gebke sparked a 12-3 run to give ICC a 64-52 advantage with 7:06 left to play. ICC continued to pull away on two jumpers by Rodriguez and a baseline runner by Stubblefield, and then the Cougars closed the game on a high note on a combined 6-6 effort from the free throw line by Jones, Williams, and Wright for the final margin.

Wright garnered 21 points and 10 boards for another double-double, while dishing out 5 assists. Rodriguez netted 14 points on a variety of jumpers and layups to go along with her 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Jones tallied 12 points, including a 6-6 effort from the free throw line while grabbing 5 rebounds. Williams chipped in with 11 points and 2 blocked shots, and Kumer splashed 7 points. Stubblefield claimed 6 boards, 5 assists, and 4 points, but more importantly, she spear-headed the Cougar defensive attack, as she chased KCC’s leading scorer, Sarafina Handy (who was averaging 20 ppg) into 2-14 shooting and held her to 6 points. As a team, ICC dished out 21 assists and shot 52% from the field (30-57).

Following the game, the team and staff enjoyed a stop off at Coach Redeker’s family farm in rural Crescent City for some Schwan’s ice cream and homemade caramel and fudge sauce. The team also toured the farm and got to watch cows being miked by a Lely robot. Special thanks to coach’s parents, Kenny & Martha, and brother Mark, wife Amie, and nephew John for their hospitality.

ICC is now 24-3 on the season and will travel to South Suburban in South Holland, IL on Saturday, February 22 to play in a 1:00 pm contest.