Team rebounds from home loss
Sophomore forward Kristen Huff blocks a shot from Linn-Benton's Sami DeVore.
The Lady Titans headed an hour north to Albany Feb. 5 to take on Southern Region rival Linn-Benton and returned victorious after an 81-51 win over the Roadrunners.
Sophomore forward Ashley Smith recorded her sixth-straight double-double with 27 points and 11 rebounds, and continues to work her way to becoming a possible Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges MVP.
Smith leads the NWAACC in both scoring and rebounding with her 24.5 points and 10.9 rebounds per game averages.
"The game went well, we were able to work on things and improve on them for later in the season," Ashley Smith said. "As a team we are getting better at the little things coach has been talking to us about fixing."
The Lady Titans (16-4, 6-2 Southern Region) jumped out to an early lead and entered halftime with 41-16.
LCC's scored on more than 40 percent of its shots from the field in the first half and 41 percent from behind the three-point arch, and played a very effective defensive strategy. The Lady Titans were unable to maintain that type of consistency during a previous matchup against Clackamas, when the team lost its first home game in more than nine years.
"We played a very solid effort in the first half and our defense was really good, very active, rebounded well and shot well," head coach Greg Sheley said.
The second half was more of the same.
The Roadrunners (5-13, 3-5) improved their shooting percentage and performance in the second half but were unable to score a fourth league victory.
"Second half I think we continued pretty good on the offensive end and we had a little bit of a letdown, but still overall a pretty solid effort on the road," Sheley said. "This was a good positive win on the road. Usually it's a little bit tougher so we're happy with it."
Sophomore guard MaKenzie Ficek finished the game with 22 points and made six three pointers for the Lady Titans.
NWAACC assist leader Susan Smith had 10 assists for LCC. She increased her NWAACC-leading per game assist average to 8.3.
The Lady Titans play a back-to-back series Feb. 11 and 12. The team travels to Portland Feb. 11 to play the Panthers and then returns home to host to Mt. Hood Feb. 12. Tip-off is at 4 p.m.
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