Saturday, March 17, 2018

PREVIEW | (8) ICC Women's Basketball vs. (9) Ancilla

HARRISON, AR -  A year-long dream becomes reality for the ICC Women's Basketball team. The eighth-seeded Cougars (26-7) begin National Tournament play Tuesday, taking on the ninth-seeded Chargers from Ancilla College (25-5). 

The Chargers and Cougars met once back on October 7th, just part of a exhibition jamboree, so no official score was kept. However, these two teams do have similar opponents. Danville Area, a team that ICC beat by 48, the Chargers won by 39. Another even more frequent opponent are the Lake Michigan Redhawks. Ancilla split with the Redhawks, losing by 4 on the road, then winning by 5 at home. ICC beat Lake Michigan by 9 on the road, snapping the Redhawks' 23-game home winning streak. 

Both teams haven't lost in awhile. In fact, the last loss for ICC and Ancilla is on Valentine's Day, with the Chargers on an eight-game win streak since a loss to Mid-Michigan, and the Cougars are on a seven-game win streak since a loss to Parkland in Champaign. 

On paper, the Chargers have the edge. They lead the Cougars in field goals attempted, threes made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, turnovers, and steals, and total points scored. The Chargers are paced scoring-wise by freshman LaRae Roscoe, who is averaging 16.4 points per game (493 total points). Sophomore Brynda Krueger is also averaging double figures, dropping 12.1 points per game (363 total points). The Cougars and Chargers both have two players with 10 or more points per game, for the Cougars, those being Madison Faulkner (team-high 10.4 ppg) and Bailey Larsen (9.1 ppg), and freshman Abby Coates (291 pts / 8.8 ppg) is also approaching 300 points. On the Ancilla side, Roscoe and Krueger are the 300+ point scorers.

Tuesday's game features two quality rebounding players. For the Chargers, Roscoe, who on paper is practically a do-it-all type of player, leads Ancilla with 264 rebounds (8.8 per game). Coates is bringing in a team-high 224 rebounds (6.8 per game). Coates is also the game's leading blocker, swatting 44 shots on the year to Ancilla sophomore Karson Williams' 34 blocks. 

The game will be broadcasted live on NJCAA TV. Tipoff from the Pioneer Pavilion on the campus of North Arkansas College is scheduled for 8:00 pm central.

Click HERE to view 2017-2018 Season Statistics for the Illinois Central College Cougars and Ancilla Chargers.

Click HERE to view the NJCAA D2 Women's Basketball Tournament Bracket.

Click HERE to view the broadcast of ICC - Ancilla.

Click HERE or HERE to get live updates on Twitter for ICC - Ancilla.

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