The Moberly Area Community College women’s basketball team struggled to find their mark from the field in the first half of their game against Jefferson College, but came back in the second half to record a 75-66 victory at Fitzsimmons-John Arena as they improved to 18-4 on the season.
The Greyhound Women trailed 21-6 in the first quarter, however a basket by Romekia Wallace and three point field goal from Carnethia Brown pulled MACC to within 10 at the first break. Anna Stewart scored six points for the host, as they continued to struggle from the floor in the second quarter, and Shauna Rinehart sank two key free throws with four seconds remaining in the first half to cut the Greyhound Women’s deficit to eight, 31-23.
“Those were some big free throws from Shauna,” said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. “There is just a difference between going into halftime down eight as opposed to double digits. At halftime we were able to regroup and focused on taking care of the ball, making better decisions, and getting the types of shots that we work on in practice.”
MACC trimmed Jefferson’s advantage to two, 50-48, at the end of the third quarter and did a better job of attacking the lane as they developed a better scoring rhythm. The Greyhound Women outscored the Lady Vikings 25-19 in the third, surpassing their point total for the entire first half, as they shot nearly 50 percent from the field and made eight of 10 free throw attempts.
A putback by Wallace with 8:48 remaining in the game gave MACC their first lead of the contest, but Jefferson connected on three trifectas in the first 3:30 of the fourth to hold a 60-56 lead with 6:37 left to play. The Greyhound Women then closed the game on a 19-6 run as they got 12 points from Stewart in the fourth to seize their 18th win of the season.
“We have struggled with consistency all season,” said Killinger. “Tonight was a perfect example of that as we scored 23 points in the first half and then turnaround and put 52 points on the board in the second half. We have been down in a similar fashion in a few games this season and we just tried to draw upon that experience at halftime to understand that we still had a shot at winning the game.”
Stewart scored a career high 24 points as she shot seven of eight from the field and connected on her only three point attempt. She was 9 of 10 from the free throw line, grabbed six rebounds, and recorded three assists. Brown scored 12 points and had three assists of her own, while Nia Flowers added 10 points, three rebounds, and four steals. Wallace just missed another double-double with eight points and 12 rebounds, she also had four steals. Anisha George had nine points and seven rebounds. Tinon Hunter had three steals.
MACC shot 38 percent for the game, compared to 39 percent for Jefferson, and outrebounded the Lady Vikings 44-39.