Despite playing their fifth straight game away from Fitzsimmons-John Arena the Moberly Area Community College Lady Greyhounds managed to stay unbeaten as they traveled to NJCAA Division II #6 ranked St. Louis Community College on Tuesday night. MACC, who cracked the Top 10 for the first time all season, entered the game ranked 9th in the country and improved to 17-0 with a 94-79 victory.
After shooting 40 percent from the field in the first quarter and holding a one point advantage the Lady Greyhounds erupted for 27 second quarter points as they connected on 12 of 16 shot attempts to take a 44-31 lead at halftime.
MACC quickly built their lead to 20 in the third quarter, but St. Louis answered with a run of their own to trim the lead back to 11, 69-58, after three quarters of play. The two teams traded baskets early in the fourth quarter, but a 13-0 run by the Lady Greyhounds stretched their lead back to 20 with just four minutes remaining in the contest.
“I’m really proud of our girls for being able to play away from our home court for five straight games and be able to find a way to win each of those games,” said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. “We had a lot of different people step up and make big shots in this game.”
Six players reached double figures in the scoring column for MACC led by Angelica Wiggins, who scored 18 points and delivered five assists to her teammates. Lunden Henry scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds. Brianna Perry had 15 points and a team high eight assists. Jocelyn Taylor recorded 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Anisha George finished with 13 points in just 14 minutes of action and Sentreal Gregory rounded out the double digit scorers with 11 points.
The Lady Greyhounds shot 61 percent from the field for the game, while St. Louis became the first team to shoot higher than 40 percent against MACC this season as they converted 44 percent of their field goals. The rebounding battle was even.
“Before the game we talked about stopping big runs and sustaining our own runs,” said Killinger. “I thought we did a pretty good job of responding at some crucial moments in the game, whether it was getting a defensive stop or making an extra pass to get someone else just a little bit better shot.”