MCC women’s basketball team hold first-place tie after pair of conference wins

The Muskegon Community College women’s basketball team has withstood a pair of tough battles to gain a first-place tie in the Western Conference race. 

On Wednesday night, MCC topped Jackson Community College 68-63 in a match it led the entire game. Saturday, the Jayhawks battled from trailing the entire game against Lake Michigan College for a 74-68 comeback campaign.

Tierra Williams, Iyana Brown and Delaney Bolles were key in both Jayhawk victories. The trio all produced double-doubles for MCC.

Williams had 15 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocks on Wednesday. In Saturday’s win over LMC, the Muskegon High School grad had 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots.

Fruitport graduate Brown had equal success on Wednesday with 14 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four blocks. In MCC’s Saturday win, Brown came through with 15-points, 10 rebounds and six blocks.

Bolles was no different on Wednesday against Jackson, finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Reeths-Puffer grad led her team in scoring in Saturday’s win over LMC with 22 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.

On Saturday MCC trailed early in the conference matchup with Lake Michigan College, falling behind 18-11 in the first quarter. The Jayhawks trailed until the last two minutes to play when they took the lead with solid free throw shooting.

The Jayhawks led the entire game on Wednesday night but nearly gave it up in the final minutes with defensive breakdowns.

Also leading MCC’s offense is Reeths-Puffer’s Elysia Mattos who had 10 points, five rebounds and four assists in Saturday’s win and had six points, six rebounds and seven assists against Jackson on Wednesday.

MCC improves to 14-5 over all and is now 7-1 in the conference, tied for first place with Mid Michigan Community College.

The Jayhawks will be challenged again this Saturday when they host second-place Ancilla Community College. MCC holds a one game lead over Ancilla and will look for revenge from its 89-81 loss back on Jan. 4.

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