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January 20, 2014

Macomb Community College women's basketball gains victory in dominating fashion

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

WARREN — The Macomb Community College women's basketball squad continued its impressive season with an 85-44 victory against Alpena Community College Jan. 20, improving the Monarchs to 13-1 overall and 6-0 in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Eastern Conference.

The Monarchs started the game with a five-point run, and aided by four 3-pointers, were able to take a 38-22 lead into the half.

Things only got better for MCC, as the Monarchs started the second half with an 11-2 run, and never faced any kind of serious threat from Alpena.

MCC added five more 3-pointers in the second half, and had five players finish with double-digit point totals.

But as impressive as the Monarchs were offensively, that wasn't the only thing head coach Jay Ritchie was thinking about after the game.

"I thought our defensive pressure on the ball eventually started to wear them out mid-way through the first," he said. "Our full-court pressure was pretty good. And Tiara Malone was able to get some steals — we converted them into easy baskets. She had seven steals, and that kind of set the tone."

The Monarchs were led in scoring by Jasmine Kimbrough (17 points) and Shaun Hankins (15). Erin Davenport contributed nine assists.

MCC is scheduled to play at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in a road game against Oakland Community College at the Auburn Hills campus. As part of the "Hunger Games," food donations will be accepted as the cost of admission. The same applies for the men's game, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at OCC.

MCC will also host "Hunger Games," with the women scheduled to play St. Clair County Community College at 1 p.m. Jan. 25.  The men's game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start on the same date.

Five non-perishable food items will be accepted for admission.

For more information about the "Hunger Games," contact OCC and MCC.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Mark Vest at mvest@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1112. Twitter Follow Mark on Twitter.