The College of the Ozarks Lady Bobcats picked up their second win in as many days at the MLK Classic hosted by Lincoln Christian University (Ill.). On Saturday, C of O defeated Holy Family College (Wis.) by a score of 88-32.
Much like the first day, C of O began the game on fire and never let up. The Lady Cats opened the first half shooting a blistering 20 for 34 (58.8%) from the field while holding the Lakers of Holy Family College to just 6 for 19 (31.6%) with overpowering defense. The Lady Cats caused 16 first half Laker turnovers.
“We had another balanced attack with all players seeing a lot of action. We executed well on both the offensive and defensive ends. I’m proud of us for coming out focused and taking care of business,” Head Coach Becky Mullis said.
To Mullis’ point, all eleven Lady Bobcats played seven or more minutes in the first half. Every Lady Cat but one scored, with Ashely Forrest being the only exception. Forrest was too busy distributing to score in the first half, leading all with five assists. Going into halftime, C of O led Holy Family, 45-13.
C of O slightly cooled off from the field in the second half, shooting a smoldering 18 for 37 (48.6%). However, the team did a number on the Lakers on the boards, winning the rebounding battle 43-24 for the game. The Lady Bobcats continued to apply consistent pressure in their half court defense, forcing 27 Lady Laker turnovers while holding Holy Family to just 13 for 46 (28.3%) from field goal range for the game.
Aleksei Smith led the Lady Cats in scoring with 12 points and added three rebounds and three assists. Fellow Senior Ashley Forrest scored five points, dished out six assists, and swiped two steals. Annie Noah and Grace Steiger anchored the middle with 11 points each. Noah led the team with seven rebounds while Steiger grabbed six. Every Lady Bobcat scored at least two buckets in the game.
In the end, C of O defeated Holy Family by a score of 88-32 and improved their record to 16-3 on the season. College of the Ozarks returns to action at home on January 20th against William Woods University at 6 PM.