Kokomo, IN – Last night, both the Lady Trailblazers and the Cougars of Indiana University Kokomo came together for a clash of who would get their 5th win of the season. Ohio Christian came in with a record of 4-5 while Kokomo rolled in with a slightly worse record at 4-9. With OCU not having a conference win under their belt this year, this put the stakes a little higher for them than for Kokomo who came in with two wins in the RSC.
Kokomo jumped out to a quick lead in the first quarter as they went on an 18-5 run with Ohio Christian inching back into it late closing out the period at 11-23 with the Cougars leading. Neveah McClure led the her team in scoring with four points completing only one of her two shots on the 10 minute period. Rachel Gillum tied McClure's points with rebounds as she ripped down four boards.
Neither team had a great second quarter as the scoring was limited to 5-9 with Indiana outscoring the Trailblazers. The Blazers shot just a 13.3% clip on 2 of 15 shooting while the Cougars didn't shoot much better on 4 of 21 shooting at 19%. Madison Winland scored four of her team's five in the period. At the half, the Cougars led the Blazers 16-32.
The third quarter, per tradition, was when the Lady Blazers took to their scoring tear as they outscored Indiana 23-12 bringing deficit from 16 to just five going into the fourth. Taylor Norris and Rachel Bolyard led the charge to get back into the game with six and five points respectively. The team shot 52.9% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc.
From there, both teams fought hard to stay close, but unfortunately the team from Indiana edged out the Trailblazer squad by six points in the final period putting the ending score at 58-69 with the Kokomo Cougars winning in a close game. Leading scorers for the Trailblazers were Bolyard and Norris with 13 and 11 respectively. Gillum ended the night with eight points and 13 rebounds. As a team, the Trailblazers shot at a 33.9% clip on 19 of 56 from the field and 4 of 18 from deep.
The Lady Trailblazers will get back to action at St. Mary of the Woods College on Saturday, December 8th with a tip-off time slated for 1pm. Watch live at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/smwc/!
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