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COUGARS DRILL LYNX IN REGION QUARTER-FINALS
The Illinois Central College women’s basketball team rolled to a 105-35 win over Lincoln College at Ramsey Gym on Wednesday night (Mar. 5th) in the opening round of the Region 24 tournament. The Cougars shot 53% from the field, dished out 33 assists on the evening, and placed five players in double figures to secure a berth in the Region Tourney Final 4 on Saturday.
The Cougars pounced to an 18-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game, with sophomore forward Chanta Wright scoring 15 of those points and the Cougars never looked back. ICC continued to move the ball well against the Lynx zone and opened up a 40-10 lead with 6:26 remaining on a Helena Rodriguez jumper from the right wing. ICC pushed the margin to 51-13 on a nice pass from Tiffany Masters to Shaakera Jones for a layup to give the hosts a comfortable halftime lead.
The Cougars kept the offense in high gear to start the second half, with Gabby Williams, April Gebke, and Wright combining to boost the lead to 63-16 with just under 16 minutes remaining. ICC also got a chance to work on their zone defense and all Cougars saw playing time down the stretch in the second half.
Wright tallied a game-high 27 points (13-15 from the field) and 7 rebounds while Rodriguez netted 12 points and dished out 3 assists. Williams garnered 11 points and 6 boards, while Masters collected 10 points, game-high 9 assists, and 6 steals, and Gebke had 10 points, 4 assists, and 4 steals. Shay Robinson chipped in with 9 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists and Jones added 9 points. Michaela Kumer pitched in with 8 points, Naomi Harris grabbed 7 rebounds and tossed in 6 points, and Jazmine Stubblefield pulled down a game-high of 8 rebounds, had 6 assists, 6 steals, and 3 points. The Cougars scored 54 points off of Lynx turnovers and outscored Lincoln’s bench 42-4.
ICC WOMEN UPSET IN REGIONAL SEMI-FINAL
The Illinois Central College women’s basketball team’s season came to an abrupt ending as they were upset by Lake Land College 64-60 in the Region 24 semi-finals in Mattoon on Saturday evening (Mar 8th). The Cougars struggled down the stretch with uncharacteristic foul trouble and committed 24 turnovers on the game to lead to their first region loss in the last two years.
The Cougars started well as April Gebke nailed a three-pointer on the first possession, followed by a Chanta Wright layup to give ICC an early 5-0 lead. ICC stayed in control as they worked the ball patiently and took a 13-4 lead on a Helena Rodriguez jumper at the 14:16 mark. ICC took their largest lead on the night as Shay Robinson nailed a three-pointer to stretch the score to 30-17 with 5:07 remaining, however, the Lakers closed the half on an 11-0 run to cut the ICC lead 30-28 at halftime. First half stats showed the Cougars with 11 field goals compared to just 6 for LLC, but the Lakers outscored ICC 14-5 at the free throw line to stay in the game.
After having shot 2-14 from 3-point range in the first half, Lake Land found their shooting eye in the second half as they took the lead on the first possession with a three from the top of the key to take their first lead and grab the momentum. The Cougars hung tough as Helena Rodriguez scored on an old-fashioned three-point play to go up 39-36. However, Lake Land countered with a 3-pointer to knot the score at 39-all on the next possession. ICC held small leads throughout the half, and actually led 55-50 after two Gabby Williams free throws with 5:43 to play in the game. The Lakers countered with an 8-0 run in a minute and a half to take a 58-55 lead with 4 minutes remaining, but the Cougars tied the score at 60-all on a Wright putback with 2:07 left. Unfortunately, that was all the scoring ICC would muster, as Lake Land made a free throw to go up 61-60 with a minute to play. ICC missed a shot from the baseline on the next possession, and then fouled and Lake Land made one free throw to go up 62-60. ICC then turned the ball over on their next possession, had to foul, and Lake Land made the final two free throws for the final margin.
Final stats showed the Cougars shooting 20-52 from the field for 39% and 16-22 from the free throw line, good for 72%. The difference was Lake Land’s three-point shooting in the second half, as they went 8-16 from beyond the arc to finish 10-33 for the game.
Rodriguez had 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists, while Williams added 10 points and 5 boards. Wright chipped in with 9 points and 7 caroms, and Gebke had 8 points. Shay Robinson swished in two three-pointers for 6 points and Shaakera Jones had 5 points. Michaela Kumer had 3 points, and Tiffany Masters, Naomi Harris, and Jazmine Stubblefield each added 2 points.
ICC finishes the season with a 27-4 record and says farewell to sophomores Masters, Rodriguez, Harris, Wright, Besso, and Watkins.