MCC Women down Howard College 60-56 in N.M tournament
HOBBS, N.M. – The McCook Community College women opened the New Mexico Junior College Classic with a 60-56 win over Howard College of Texas.
“We didn't shoot it very well tonight but we made plays when we needed to,” said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett. “We got to the free-throw line tonight and converted those opportunities.”
MCC shot 35.3 percent from the field, and made just four of 20 shots from the 3-point line (20 percent) but did sink 20 of 23 free throws (87 percent) and outscored Howard from the line 20-9.
MCC took its largest lead of the game – eight points -- at the 7:25 mark of the second quarter when freshman Kamelija Ignatova (Probishtip, North Macedonia) sank a 3-pointer to put MCC up 20-12. However MCC scored just five points the rest of the quarter and held on for a 25-22 halftime lead.
Both teams battled through the third quarter with MCC emerging with a 37-36 lead. Howard scored a bucket on a layup 16 seconds into the fourth quarter to retake the lead which lasted until Sonia Sato (El Paso, Texas) put MCC up for good with a layup at 8:17. A 3-pointer by Alyssa Van Vleet (Oberlin, Kan.) with 5:23 left gave MCC a 46-41 edge.
“I thought we defended the 3-point line well, knowing that took a lot of threes,” Pritchett said.
The LadyHawks made just three of 14 3-pointers in the game, shot 36.1 percent from the floor for the game and were nine of 13 from the charity stripe (69.2 percent).
Maite Lara Garcia (Sant Joan Despi, Spain) led MCC with 19 points. Van Vleet chipped in 11 points.
Carla Torrubia Cano (Melilla, Spain) had eight points and eight rebounds. Sato led MCC with 10 rebounds and added seven points.
“Maite had another solid game for us, she just has been competing so hard and brings us energy,” Pritchett said. “Our guards rebounded well and Sonia and Carla really stepped up. I challenged them both, especially with not having Valentina Monzo tonight.”
MCC out-rebounded Howard 45-31. Howard had 10 turnovers to 17 for MCC.
MCC goes to 4-2 on the season and they will play No. 8 New Mexico Junior College (5-1) Saturday at 1 p.m. The Thunderbirds were a 59-48 winner over Ranger College (Texas) Friday.