From: C of O Sports Information
College of the Ozarks men’s and women’s basketball teams each collected two wins on the weekend in conference play at the Haskell A.I.I. Classic in Lawrence, Kan.
The Lady Cats handily defeated Wilberforce University (Ohio), 78-57, in Friday’s matchup. On Saturday, the Lady Cats started out slowly, leading Northern New Mexico College, 32-25, at the half. Returning to the court after the break, the Lady Cats proceeded to hold NNMC to 21 points over two quarters of play, while scoring 41 of their own for a 73-46 win. The victory boosted the Lady Cats’ season record to 12-3.
Senior guard Ashley Forrest (Branson) led all players with 22 points for her career high. She also added three rebounds and two assists. Forrest was 8-for-12 from the field, hitting 6 of 10 three pointers. Also scoring in double figures for the Lady Cats was freshman Julie Stone (Thayer) with 19 points, three rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Annie Noah pulled down a game-leading nine rebounds, and Grace Steiger blocked one shot.
The Bobcats, who downed Wilberforce 73-58 in Day One of the Classic, tipped off against Northern New Mexico on Saturday. The Bobcats took a 42-31 lead into the locker room at the half. NNMC rallied in the second half to minimize the differential, but the Bobcats held their own to close out the game with a 78-69 victory. The win pushed the Bobcats’ season record above the .500 mark at 8-7.
Five Bobcats scored in double-digits for the game. Freshman Andrew Mitchell (Blue Eye) tallied 17 points to lead all players, sinking 5 of 9 from three-point land. Mitchell also hauled in 6 rebounds and went 2-2 from the free-throw line. Ayden Stone posted a double-double, tallying 14 points (7-15 FG) and bringing down 12 rebounds. Stone added three assists and nabbed two steals. Klay Barton & Brandt Cochran contributed 13 points apiece, with Cochran providing eight assists, five rebounds, and one steal, while Barton added four rebounds, three assists, and one steal. Treydon Rackley rounded out the double-figure scoring with 11 points and added two rebounds and one steal.
Both the men and women will travel to the Virgin Islands this coming week to play another A.I.I. foe, the University of Virgin Islands, on January 7 and 8. The Lady Cats will return to their home court on January 20 versus William Woods University and the Bobcats on January 21 versus Crowley’s Ridge College.