By Craig Beilfuss
MUSKEGON–Muskegon Community College Women’s Basketball program hosted Mid-Michigan College for a rematch conference match-up on Wednesday evening and came away with a hard fought 72-65 win.
Julia Tierman (Mona Shores) led the Jayhawk offensive attack with 20 points, going 16-of-20 from the free throw line.
MCC as a team went 30-of-40 from the charity stripe as Mid-Michigan College was whistled for 32 personal fouls in a game which saw a fourth quarter take 42-minutes to play.
The Jayhawks and Lakers played to a 15-15 tie at to conclude the first quarter. Mid Michigan was aided by hitting three 3-point shots.
Both teams continued with offensive struggles in the second stanza with MCC holding a scoring advantage of 13-10 to take a 28-25 halftime lead.
MCC and Mid-Michigan shot an identical dismal 32 percent from the field in the first half going 10-of-31. The Jayhawks were 2-of-14 from long distance and the Lakers went 4-of-17.
The second half saw many ties and lead changes.
Mid-Michigan connected on three 3-point shots in the third quarter and held a slim 15-14 scoring advantage over the Jayhawks and trailed 42-40 entering the final ten minutes of play.
Mid Michigan held a brief lead in the fourth quarter 47-44 before the Jayhawks went to work and cashed in at the free throw line hitting 19 fourth quarter free throws.
MCC canned 30 points in the final ten minutes while Mid-Michigan managed 25 points.
“It was a great win, against a team that got us the first time,” said Jayhawks head coach Jason Cooper. “It was good to get this win. It was what we needed to keep pushing forward.”
Joining Tierman in double digits were Suzan Sisman (Marselisborg) with 13 points and Trina Lewis (Reeths-Puffer) who tossed in 10 points and grabbed 3 rebounds.
Calla Miller (Fremont) canned three 3-point shots for 9 points and Sydney Bol (Fruitport) also chipped in with 9 points. Mariah Pringle (Brethren) had a team high 12 rebounds along with 4 blocked shots.
Muskegon Community College improves to 14-4 overall and is 8-3 in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association. The Jayhawks will take the court again on Saturday, Feb. 5 when they host Glen Oaks at 1:00 pm.