The Moberly Area Community College women’s basketball team traveled to Crowder College on Wednesday night and came away with a 59-52 victory, setting a new program record with their 28th straight win.
The Lady Greyhounds entered the game ranked #4 in the NJCAA Division I Top 25 Poll released on Wednesday and used a stifling defense to send Crowder to only their second loss of the season on their home floor. MACC is currently ranked 3rd nationally in opponents field goal percentage and held Crowder to just 29.5 percent shooting.
“We knew this was going to be an extremely tough game,” said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. “It was their sophomore night and that is traditionally a very tough place to go into and get a win.”
The Lady Greyhounds led 12-10 at the end of the first quarter as Sentreal Gregory nailed a three point shot from 26 feet out just before the buzzer to end the quarter.
The teams would trade the lead eight times in the first half until a basket by Angelica Wiggins and offensive rebound put back by Anisha George sent MACC into halftime with a 25-23 advantage.
George scored six straight points to start the third quarter as the Lady Greyhounds built a 31-26 lead, but Crowder pulled to within one before Alexis Henry netted seven straight points and Brianna Perry connected on a free throw to make the score 39-37 heading into the final quarter of play.
Crowder got on the board first in the fourth quarter and the score was tied three times until Gregory knocked down her third three point field goal near the midway point of the quarter to give MACC a 46-43 lead. However, the Lady Riders managed to tie the score at 49 with just under two minutes to play.
Wiggins converted on a baseline drive at the 1:04 mark and George came up with a steal on the next defensive possession for the Lady Greyhounds before Wiggins buried a corner three with 22.8 seconds left in the game to give MACC a five point advantage.
Crowder made a contested three on their next possession, but the Lady Greyhounds connected on five of six free throws to seal the seven point margin of victory.
“I was really proud of our team for not getting rattled when they made big shots,” said Killinger. “They made a three to take the lead with about a minute left in the third, but Alexis (Henry) came right back and converted a three point play off of an offensive rebound to take that momentum away from them. We had different people make those kind of big plays all night.”
Offensive rebounding was a key factor in the final outcome as MACC notched 15 second chance points compared to seven for Crowder. The Lady Greyhounds held a 51-38 advantage on the glass and shot just over 40 percent from the field for the game.
Anisha George registered her 12th double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Wiggins, who scored eight points in the fourth quarter, finished with 12.
Gregory was the third MACC player to reach double digits as she had 10 points on the night, while Alexis Henry just missed a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds. She also had six assists and two blocked shots.
Jocelyn Taylor had eight points, seven rebounds, and three blocked shots. Perry contributed six points, while Lunden Henry had six rebounds.
The Lady Greyhounds, who clinched the NJCAA Region 16 Tournament #1 seed with the victory, will host their sophomore day on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. against Jefferson College.