The Moberly Area Community College Lady Greyhounds moved up to 6th in this week’s NJCAA Division I Top 25 Poll and faced a Crowder College team that was second in the NJCAA Region 16 standings in their first contest of the week, coming away with a hard fought 66-53 win as they improved to 23-0 on the season and 5-0 in Region 16 play.
Crowder connected on a three point field goal early in the game to take a 3-2 lead, but that would be their only lead of the contest as MACC used a 14-2 run over the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second quarter to take a 24-9 lead near the seven minute mark of the first half. The Lady Greyhounds eventually led 34-24 at the break.
MACC stretched their advantage to 16, 49-33, on a free throw by Sentreal Gregory with 4:11 left in the third quarter, but Crowder answered with an 8-0 run before field goals by Carnethia Brown and Anisha George gave the Lady Greyhounds a 53-41 lead at the end of three quarters of play.
The visiting Lady Roughriders pulled to within eight on three occasions in the fourth quarter, but MACC responded with baskets on each of their following possessions, including a three point field goal by Angelica Wiggins with just under four minutes to play to stretch their lead to 11, 60-49. The Lady Greyhounds eventually took a 15 point lead at the 1:06 mark on an offensive rebound basket by Anisha George.
George recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 rebounds as she shot 10 of 13 from the field. She also had three blocks and three steals. Wiggins scored 15 points, while handing out six assists and securing five rebounds. Carnethia Brown finished with 12 points to round out the double figure scorers for MACC.
The Lady Greyhounds shot 44 percent from the field and held Crowder to just 32 percent shooting in a game that both teams struggled to get into any rhythm from an offensive standpoint.
“It was a physical game,” said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. “There was never a good flow because both teams really played hard on the defensive end of the floor. This is a great win because sometimes things aren’t going to go your way either offensively or defensively on a given night and you have to find a way to win. We did that tonight.”