The Moberly Area Community College women’s basketball team remained undefeated on the season as they defeated Mineral Area College 80-47 at Fitzsimmons-John Arena on Saturday night. The 7th ranked Lady Greyhounds improved to 20-0 overall, 5-0 in MCCAC play, and 3-0 against NJCAA Region 16 competition.
MACC trailed 9-7 after Angelica Wiggins inadvertently tipped the ball into Mineral Area’s basket, however an 8-1 run fueled by six points from Jocelyn Taylor gave the Lady Greyhounds a 15-10 lead. The host would go in to lead 21-16 at the end of the first quarter.
Two free throws from Sentreal Gregory and five straight points from Wiggins to start the second quarter allowed MACC to take their first double digit lead of the game, 28-18, with 7:38 remaining in the first half. The Lady Greyhounds eventually built their lead to 14, 39-25, going into halftime.
“I wasn’t particularly pleased with our defensive effort in the first quarter,” said MACC head Chad Killinger. “But, we got better as the game went on and started to create some offense with our defense.”
Anisha George started things off quickly for MACC in the second half as she scored seven of 12 points as the Lady Greyhounds extended their lead to 23 points, 51-28, near the seven minute mark of the third quarter. MACC then broke the game open as Alexis Henry knocked down a three pointer and a 10-0 run quickly followed as Carnethia Brown scored eight straight points to build the lead to 32, 64-32, late in the quarter. The Lady Greyhounds led 67-36 heading into the final quarter of play.
“I thought we played better offensively in the second half,” said Killinger. “Our shot selection was a little better and we did a better job of attacking.”
MACC limited Mineral Area to just 27 percent shooting, as they continue to rank among the nation’s best in opponents field goal percentage. The Lady Greyhounds shot 43 percent from the field as a team, which is slightly less than the 47 percent they have shot on the season. MACC currently ranks 7th nationally in field goal percentage.
George notched her eighth double-double of the season with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Brown also reached double digits with 14 points, she also had five assists. Brianna Perry finished with eight points and 4 steals, while Taylor also had eight points. Wiggins scored seven points, to go along with seven assists, and five rebounds. Alexis Henry chipped in five points and grabbed seven rebounds.
“We got contributions from a lot of different people at different stages of the game,” added Killinger. “But, we have to continue to keep our focus simple, which is to improve each time we have the opportunity to step on the court.”
The Lady Greyhounds will now play three of their next four contests on the road, beginning with a Wednesday night game at Jefferson College.