On day two of the Fairfield Inn & Suites Bruin Classic at Bellevue the Lady Bobcats took on an excellent Grand View University (Iowa) team. Grand View, known for their transition offense and full-court press on defense, found their match in C of O as the Lady Cats won, 81-66.
With the win, C of O improved to 10-3 on the season.
Head Coach Becky Mullis commented, “I’m so proud of our team today. We executed well on the offensive and defensive end of the floor. Grand View is a tough team on both ends.”
The Lady Bobcats got off to a good start, using an inside-out approach to take the first quarter, 22-17. Sophomore Annie Noah was the cornerstone in the post, scoring a career high 22 points on 9 for 15 shooting. Noah added additional pressure to Grand View by grabbing six boards and getting to the foul line five times.
Coach Mullis stated, “It was a complete win. We had a balanced attack on the inside with Annie Noah and our guards on the perimeter. I’m very proud of our toughness and unselfishness.”
As Grand View attempted to adjust to Noah, the guards came alive outside. Julie Stone came off the bench to score a career high of 15 points, logging a pair of triples from outside to go along with three rebounds, two steals, and a block. Sophomore guard Jordan Wersinger added 10 points (career high), 3 rebounds, and a pair of assists. Additionally, Ashley Forrest found her stroke from the outside, going 4 of 6 from distance for 12 points.
The Lady Cat toughness would be tested in the second quarter, as Grand View attempted to ratchet-up the defensive pressure by pressing, however, the Lady Cats were not phased. In fact, C of O expanded their lead going into the half, 43-27.
“We handled their press well, only turning the ball over seven times, and attacked their half-court defense well,” Coach Mullis added.
In the second half, the Lady Cats never looked back, largely due to their defense. The Lady Cats put a stop to Grand View’s transition offense with a focused emphasis on getting back quickly.
“Defensively, we held them to ten points below their average, only allowed six offensive rebounds, and out rebounded them for the game. We also forced 19 turnovers. I’m also proud of our transition defense. We kept their running game in check,” Coach Mullis said.
On the boards, Aleksei Smith led the way with eight. Kayley Frank added four boards to go along with nine points.
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College of the Ozarks women’s basketball returns to action on the road in Lawrence, Kansas on January 3 at noon against Wilberforce University (Ohio).