MCC Women edge past Central CC in overtime
COLUMBUS – It took an extra five minutes Tuesday night but the McCook Community College women picked up a 74-69 win over Central Community College. The overtime win came in the first Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference game of the year.
“I thought we really battled down the stretch and played hard in the overtime.” said MCC Coach Brandon Pritchett. “I'm proud of our resilience in the end, it's definitely something to build on.”
MCC held the Lady Raiders to one of 10 shots in overtime and made five of six free-throws to help pad the final margin of victory
Central took an 18-14 lead after the first quarter and took an eight-point edge with 2:22 left before intermission and held on to lead at the half 36- 34. MCC was able to tie the game after three quarters 50-50 and the teams were tied at the end of regulation at 67. The game was tied 12 time with eight lead chances.
“Central is a tough team, they play really hard and execute their stuff,” said Pritchett.
MCC shot 43.5 percent from the floor, made seven of 22 3-pointers (31.8 percent) and went 13 of 17 from the line (76.5 percent) CCC shot 32.9 percent from the floor, made seven of 29 3-point shots (24.1 percent) and was six of 13 from the line (46.2 percent.
“They play an aggressive zone and it was a change for us offensively,” said Pritchett. “We didn't shoot it well from deep in the first half. We have to do a better job of boxing out and rebounding.”
Columbus out-rebounded MCC 47-39 and outscored MCC 25-6 on points off turnovers and enjoyed a 13-2 edge in bench scoring.
“We are lucky come away with a win giving up 21 offensive rebounds,” said Pritchett said. “When we execute and work together we were pretty effective.”
MCC got double-digit scoring from four starters, led by sophomore Lara Maite Garcia (Sant Joan Despi, Spain) led all scorers with 22 points, She made seven of 10 shots from the field and went eight-for-11 from the line, as well as grabbing a team-leading 11 rebounds.
Sophomore Alyssa Van Vleet (Oberlin, Kan.) hit three of 10 3-pointers and finished with 17 points and brought down eight rebounds. Sophomore transfer Sonia Sato (El Paso, Texas) made eight of 13 shots from the field and scored 17 points along with six rebounds. Sophomore transfer Vanessa Jurewicz (Stockholm, Sweden) scored 11 points, made two of four 3-pointers and dished out seven assists.
Central goes to 5-4 on the season. The two teams will meet again Jan. 8 at McCook starting at 2 p.m.
MCC improves to 5-3, and 1-0 in NCCAC play.
The team will travel to Council Bluffs this weekend for the Iowa Western Thanksgiving Classic taking on Mineral Area College (6-2) at 5 p.m. Friday in Council Bluffs Iowa and No. 10 Iowa Western Community College (2-2) Saturday at 2 p.m. Mineral Area received votes this week in the NJCAA Top 25 in Division I and Iowa Western’s ranking comes in NJCAA Division II.