The #11 ranked Lady Greyhounds of Moberly Area Community College continued their long trek of road games this past weekend as they ventured to East Peoria, Illinois to face the NJCAA Division II #5 ranked Illinois Central College Lady Cougars.
MACC jumped out to a 9-4 advantage, but Illinois Central came back to tie the game at 11 before a three point field goal by Jocelyn Taylor just before the first quarter buzzer gave the Lady Greyhounds a 14-11 lead. The two teams would play even throughout the second quarter as MACC led by as many as eight points, however the host Cougars cut the deficit to one before Carnethia Brown came away with a steal and basket with a few seconds remaining in the half to give MACC a 29-26 cushion.
The Lady Greyhounds opened the third quarter with a 15-5 run and held Illinois Central without a field goal in the quarter as they seized a 44-32 lead heading into the fourth period of play. Taylor got things going quickly for MACC in the fourth with a pair of baskets to extend the advantage to 16 before the Lady Cougars would knock down their first shot of the second half with eight minutes remaining to play.
MACC eventually led by as many as 26 points, 60-34, after back to back three’s by Angelica Wiggins and Alexis Henry and four straight free throws from Brown. However, the Lady Greyhounds were outscored 10-0 over the last three minutes of the game resulting in the final 60-44 score as MACC improved to 15-0 on the season.
Brown notched a team high 18 points, to go along with three steals, while Taylor came off the bench to add 14 points, four rebounds, and four steals. Anisha George collected her sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Alexis Henry had seven points, nine rebounds, and four assists. Wiggins grabbed six rebounds and handed out five assists.
The Lady Greyhounds shot 41 percent from the field, while holding Illinois Central to just 30% shooting, and held a 45-27 advantage in the rebounding column.
“Obviously very happy to get a tough road win,” said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. “But, I wasn’t overly thrilled with the last couple of minutes. We played sloppy throughout stretches of the game, however our defensive effort was outstanding. We still have a long way to go to reach our potential and I’m excited to open conference play on Tuesday.”