College of the Ozarks men’s and women’s basketball travelled to Lincoln Christian University (Ill.) this weekend to compete in the MLK Classic. For the opening round on Friday, both the men and women picked up wins against the host school, Lincoln Christian. The Lady Cats improved their record to 15-3 with a huge 108-33 win.
Junior Abby Oliver entered the game just five points shy of her 1000th career point. Oliver wasted no time, passing the milestone easily in the first half.
Head Coach Becky Mullis praised Oliver commenting, “I am very proud of Abby for reaching the 1000-point milestone for her career. She joins a distinguished group of 1000 point scorers in our tradition-rich program. She has worked hard to become the player she is, and I’m happy for her to achieve such an accomplishment.”
As a team, the Lady Cats opened the game clicking on all cylinders. C of O shot 23 for 37 (62.2%) from the field for the first half and racked up 13 assists. Defensively, the Lady Cats forced 12 Lincoln Christian first-half turnovers and doubled up the Red Lions on the boards, 26-13. C of O smothered LCU, holding them to 5 for 29 (17.2%) from the field in the first half. At the break, C of O led 54-13.
The second half was more of the same. C of O continued to torch the nets from all over, including nine three-point makes in the second half alone. The Lady Cats moved the ball with laser-like precision, resulting in extremely efficient play by everyone involved. In fact, every player scored multiple baskets.
“I am proud of the focus and execution we displayed this evening. It was also an opportunity for every player to play a significant number of minutes. We had great teamwork, with 24 assists and seven players in double-figures,” Coach Mullis concluded.
The double-figure scorers included: Harper Little (14), Ashley Forrest (12), Kayley Frank (12), Abby Oliver (11), Aleksei Smith (11), Michelle Gabani (11), and Grace Steiger (11).
In the second half, C of O shot 21 for 34 (61.8%) and held LCU to 5 for 17 (21.7%) from the field. C of O outscored the Red Lions 54-20 in the second frame to finish the 108-33 win.
For the game, the Lady Cats out-rebounded the Red Lions 42-23, caused 23 turnovers, and shot 44 for 71 (62%) from the field.
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The C of O Lady Cats return to action on day two of the MLK Classic against Holy Family College at 11 AM.