SHURN’S 23 POINTS, 14 REBOUNDS PACE KCKCC’S 8TH STRAIGHT WIN

SHURN’S 23 POINTS, 14 REBOUNDS PACE KCKCC’S 8TH STRAIGHT WIN

SHURN'S 23 POINTS, 14 REBOUNDS PACE KCKCC'S 8TH STRAIGHT WIN

 

Freshman Iland Shurn stepped front and center when Kansas City Kansas Community College's streaking women's basketball team needed it most Monday night.

            Coming off the bench, the 5-9 forward from Bishop Miege had the game's two biggest field goals in the final minutes of a 59-52 win over Southeast Nebraska.

            Taking advantage of a 7-minute drought in which the Lady Blue Devils could manage just one field goal, the Lady Storm cut a 48-38 deficit to 50-48 before Shurn converted a 3-point play for a 53-48 lead with 2:13 left. Kalah Jiggetts' two free throws made it 55-48 but Southeast again closed to 55-52 before Shurn scored again with 45 seconds left and Jiggetts closed out the win with two more free throws.

            Hitting 9-of-11 shots from the floor, Iland finished with career highs of 23 points and 14 rebounds. "Iland played out of her mind," said KCKCC Coach Valerie Stambersky. "She was phenomenal, the best game of her career."

Up until the finish, the Blue Devils were their own worst enemy, committing a season high 28 turnovers and converting only 18 of 40 free throws for just 45 percent. "It wasn't pretty but it was a win," said Stambersky. Ranked No. 10 nationally with a 15-1 record, the Blue Devils will take an 8-game winning streak to Allen County Saturday for a 6 p.m. contest.

More than half of KCKCC's scoring came off the bench as Alyson Weber had nine points and six rebounds to go along with Shurn's 23 points. Julia Garrard added 10 rebounds and six points, Janai Mitchell nine points and seven rebounds, Jiggetts seven points and six assists and Cassidy Harbert eight rebounds as KCKCC dominated the rebounding 55-37..