Despite shooting just 34 percent from the field and connecting on three of 12 three point attempts in the first half the Moberly Area Community College women’s basketball team remained undefeated with an 82-42 win over Southeastern Illinois College in a game played at St. Louis Community College on Sunday afternoon.
The Lady Greyhounds built a 37-18 halftime advantage on the strength of 19 offensive rebounds and forced 14 turnovers, while committing just six turnovers of their own.
“We didn’t finish well in the paint to start the game,” said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. “But, our effort was pretty good. We just kept going to the boards to gain additional possessions and were able to create some offense with our defense.”
In the second half MACC was able to stretch their advantage to 30 points, but a couple of three point field goals by Southeastern Illinois pulled them to within 23, 55-32, heading into the final quarter of play. However, the Lady Greyhounds continued to attack on the offensive end and remained solid on defense as they outscored the Lady Falcons 27-10 over the final 10 minutes for the final 40 point margin of victory.
MACC shot 62 percent from the field in the second half, making 18 of 29 field goal attempts and three of six from long range. For the game the Lady Greyhounds shot just over 45 percent from the field and outrebounded Southeastern Illinois 52-32, while limiting the Lady Falcons to 29 percent shooting.
“We played more to my expectations in the second half,” said Killinger. “There have been a couple of games that we just haven’t shot the ball as well in the first half, but I give our girls a lot of credit because they continue to defend and use our defense to keep us in those games. That takes a great deal of commitment and belief in our style of play.”
Anisha George and Carnethia Brown led the MACC offense with 19 and 16 points. George added five rebounds and three steals, while Brown recorded four rebounds, six assists, and four steals. Lunden Henry recorded her first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds, she also had three assists and four steals. Sentreal Gregory scored nine points and had three assists. Jocelyn Taylor had seven points and four steals. Alexis Henry had 11 rebounds, to go along with six points, and three steals. Chrishey Wilkes grabbed eight rebounds.
The Lady Greyhounds have now held 10 of 13 opponents to 48 or less points and have only allowed more than 60 points on two occasions. Sunday also marked the seventh time this season that an opponent has been held to less than 30 percent shooting, while only Wabash Valley has shot 35 percent or better as they made 35.9 percent of their field goal attempts against MACC in a contest on November 24th.