Athletics

2012-13 Game Recaps

Women’s Basketball Wins Several MCCAA Western Conference Honors

The MCC women's basketball squad captured several Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) honors for the 2013-14 season. The awards were announced on March 11.

Krystal Geers (Grant, MI/Grant) gained first team all-league honors after finishing as the second overall rated player in the MCCAA Western Conference making her eligible for All American Status. Geers averaged 20.8 ppg, 10.0 rpg, and shot 57.8% from the floor -all stats in the Top 30 nationally. Geers also made the MCCAA Western Conference all-defensive team as the second-rated defender in the conference. She was second in the league in rebounding (10.0 rpg) and in steals (2.7spg).

Taylor Brown (Grant, MI/Grant), who was voted to the MCCAA Western Conference third team, ranked as the 11th best player in the conference. Brown averaged 8.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.7 spg, and led the Jayhawks with 4.5 assists per game.

Abby Rodriguez (Shelby, MI/Shelby) was voted honorable mention all-conference after a fine freshman season.

Jayhawks Head Coach Rob Recknagel received Coach of the Year Award in the MCCAA Western Conference, as chosen by his peers. Recknagel, who returned as the MCC coach after an earlier three-year stint from 2005-08 at the MCC helm, led his undersized team of hard-working women to a 16-12 season and a surprise third place finish in the league. He is now 69-49 overall as an MCC head coach.

 

Grand Rapids CC Edges MCC 63-61 in Women's Basketball Regional Tourney

Grand Rapids CC edged the MCC women's basketball squad 63-31 in Bartels-Rode Gymnasium on Tuesday, March 4, in the quarterfinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 12 tournament. 

The Jayhawks, who end the season with a 16-12 overall record, had defeated GRCC, 82-65 and 71-64, in their two regular season meetings. 

Women’s Basketball Downs Jackson 86-52; Hosts GRCC in Post-Season Play Tuesday

The MCC women’s basketball squad closed out the regular season on Wednesday, Feb. 27, with a resounding 86-52 victory over Jackson College in Bartels-Rode Gymnasium. The victory gave the Jayhawks a share of third place in the MCCAA Western Conference final standings.

Now 16-11 overall and ending 9-7 in the league, MCC will host Grand Rapids CC on Tuesday, March 4, in the quarterfinals of NJCAA Region XXII District G playoffs. The game is tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Jayhawks played amazing team basketball with 21 assists and only nine turnovers. MCC led 43-28 at halftime and built a 73-33 lead.

“We played a complete game on both sides of the ball,” said Coach Rob Recknagel. “We had 22 team steals and finished plays in transition to capture 36 points in transition with spectacular scores.”

Sophomore Krystal Geers (Grant, MI/Grant) scored 20 points and had 16 rebounds to lead the Jayhawks. Sophomore Sonnie Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City) had a Jayhawk season-high nine assists and freshman Abby Rodriguez (Shelby, MI/Shelby) had a Jayhawk season-high eight steals and added 17 points. Freshman Taylor Brown (Grant, MI/Grant) netted 14 points and made five steals.

Women’s Basketball Wins 15th Game

Muskegon Community College won its 15th game on Monday, Feb. 24 in Donaldson, Ind. against Ancilla College 72-50. The Jayhawks moved to 8-6 in the MCCAA Western Conference, improving their position and quest for 3rd place. Leading 30-21 the Jayhawks executed two plays with less than a minute remaining in the first to build a 36-21 lead.

MCC started the 2nd half with a 7-0 run to go up 43-21. Freshman Abby Rodriguez (Shelby, MI/Shelby HS) had a career high seven assists and sophomore Quanieshia McBride (Muskegon Heights, MI/Muskegon Hts. HS) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds off the bench. Sophomore Krystal Geers (Grant, MI/Grant HS) led the Jayhawks with 24 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals.

The Jayhawks finished the game well setting up a key game in Muskegon, Mich. in Bartels-Rode Gymnasium Wednesday, Feb. 26 in which a Muskegon win will give the Jayhawks at least a share of third place in the league.

Women’s Basketball Loses to Hope JV

Muskegon Community College women's basketball team took a break from its conference schedule to battle Hope's JV team Saturday, Feb. 22 in Holland, Mich. The Jayhawks were able to slow down the Dutch who had scored 106 points in their previous game but couldn’t get the win, losing a heartbreaker 62-61. 

MCC jumped out to an early 10-0 lead but Hope battled back to lead 40-33 half time lead. The Jayhawks came out aggressive in the second half and battle for the lead in the second half witch had 10 lead changes. Ultimately poor decisions and sloppy transitions hurt the Jayhawks. "We worked too hard to squander possessions late and not finish plays, we have to value the ball and make the most of every possession.” Stated coach Recknagel post game. “At this point we will win or lose big games based on fundamentals, it’s time to finish strong and put it all together." 

Freshman Taylor Brown (Grant, MI/Grant HS) played a great all-around game with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Sophomore Sonnie Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City HS) and sophomore Krystal Geers (Grant, MI/Grant HS) and scored in double figures with 13 and 11 points respectively. Sophomore Katie McKinnon (Jension, MI/Jenison HS) had 12 rebounds for the Jayhawks. Muskegon will fight for a share of third place in the MCCAA Western Conference with games Monday against Ancilla College and Wednesday against Jackson CC.

Women’s Basketball Continues to Win, Defeats Glen Oaks 54-47

Muskegon CC played this Wednesday, Feb 19 at home in Bartels-Rode Gymnasium against Glen Oaks CC. the Jayhawks made huge strides in their fight for third place in the MCCAA with a win against Glen Oaks. The Jayhawks played amazing defense holding Glen Oaks to 47 points and 16-60 (26.7%) shooting from the floor. The Jayhawks avenged a one point loss at Glen Oaks without their leading scorer and All-American candidate Krystal Geers who was home sick with severe flu symptoms. 

Muskegon jumped out to an early 14-2 lead behind a strong match-up zone and built a 26-12 lead before surrendering three consecutive three-point field goals to end the first half. The second half was a back and forth struggle. The Jayhawks lead from the tip-off and for the entire first half, but there were 15 lead changes in the second half. Sophomore Quanieshia McBride (Muskegon Heights, MI/Muskegon Hts. HS) gave the Jayhawks a huge spark off the bench in the second half with a personal 6-0 run to regain the lead back for MCC late in the second half. 

Then with the game tied at 47 the Jayhawks went to a spread offense and sophomore Sonnie Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City HS) made a great pass to Katie McKinnon on a back door cut for a layup. MCC got a defensive stop and ran a play for a freshman Taylor Brown (Grant, MI/Grant HS) drive which she finished left handed in traffic to clinch the game for the Jayhawks. Katie McKinnon led the Jayhawks with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Freshman Abby Rodriguez (Shelby. MI/Shelby HS) and freshman Taylor Brown (Grant, MI/Grant HS) had 10 points each to help lead the Jayhawks to victory. The Jayhawks will play Hope College JV this Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1pm in Holland, Mich.

Women's Basketball Routs Kellogg 94-63

The MCC women’s basketball squad defeated host Kellogg CC on Saturday in a key contest for third place in the MCCAA Western Conference.

The Jayhawk women, now 6-7, moved into a five-way tie for third in the league. MCC controls its own destiny with three games remaining.

MCC led Kellogg 40-35 at halftime and started the second half with pressure defense and a 30-8 run to open the score to 70-43 with 10 minutes remaining. The Jayhawks shot 22-of-20 from the floor in the second half and totaled a season-high 54 second half points.

Krystal Geers and Katie McKinnon combined to shoot 22-24 for the game and an incredible 12-12 from the floor in the second half. The unselfish play of the Jayhawks’ team produced assists on 28 of 36 field goals. Geers had a huge game with 33 points 13 rebounds and six steals. McKinnon finished the game with a career-high 22 points.

"Katie is by far our most improved player,” said Coach Rob Recknagel. “She is a hard worker with a nose for the basketball. She has a huge heart and an amazing will to win.”

Abby Rodriguez was spectacular in transition en route to a strong 14-point performance. The Jayhawks are back in action vs Glen Oaks at home Wednesday at 5:30 pm.

Women’s Basketball Suffers Uninspired Loss to Grand Rapids CC

The MCC women’s basketball team followed its big win Monday over Lansing CC with an uninspired 71-64 loss against Grand Rapids on Wednesday night in Bartels-Rode Gymnasium.

The Jayhawks handled GRCC 71-49 at Grand Rapids in their first meeting but couldn't finish plays against them at home to get the win and make a move into third place in the conference.

Stephanie Stevens torched the Jayhawks for 25 points and Kayla Rosinski scored at will in the paint en route to an 18-point effort. Muskegon shot 28 percent from the floor in the game, including 15-53 shooting inside the arc. Muskegon will look to bounce back Saturday at Kellogg CC. 

Geers Scores 37 in Women’s Basketball Win

The MCC women’s basketball squad avenged an earlier close loss at Lansing CC with a resounding 77-58 home victory over the Stars on Monday, Feb. 10, in Bartels-Rode Gymnasium.

Sophomore guard Krystal Geers (Grant, MI/Grant) exploded for a career-high 37 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. The 12-9 Jayhawks closed the half with an 8-2 run to lead 31-25 and then got their offense rolling with 46 second half points. MCC outrebounded Lansing by its widest margin of the season 54-32.

Sonnie Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City) netted 10 of her 13 points in the first half. Taylor Brown (Grant, MI/Grant) dished out seven assists and Katie McKinnon had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Women’s Basketball Plays Tough Against #20 Kalamazoo Valley CC

MCC played at home in Bartels-Rode Gymnasium Saturday, Feb 8 against #20 Kalamazoo Valley CC Cougars. The Jayhawks played forty strong minutes, but couldn't pull through in the end losing 70-61.

Freshman Taylor Brown (Grant, MI/Grant HS) played a great game scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals. "Taylor has taken her game to a whole new level over our past 7 or 8 games. She is playing all conference caliber basketball and is a near impossible guard for other teams at this point.” stated Jayhawks Head Coach Rob Recknagel. “She uses her size to dominate small guards and her ability to persist on drives to get to the rim against big guards. Her outside shot is really great; she has become a hip-up shooter that is confident in all aspects of her game."

The Jayhawks led most of the first half and used a great team effort to exchange leads in the second half before succumbing to the talented and 20th ranked Cougars. The Jayhawks will be in action this Monday, Feb. 10 at home in Bartels-Rode Gymnasium against Lansing CC at 5:30pm. This game is a make-up from an earlier game canceled game due to inclement weather.

Women’s Basketball Struggles Versus #11 Lake Michigan College

The Jayhawks traveled to Benton Harbor, Mich. Wednesday, Feb. 5 to play #11 Lake Michigan College.

MCC struggled and lost 77-57. LMC jumped out to an early lead and the Jayhawks never recovered. Muskegon battled the #11 ranked Red Hawks in the second half but never challenged for a lead. 

MCC was led by sophomore Krystal Geers (Grant, MI/Grant HS) with 15 points. Freshman Taylor Brown (Grant, MI/Grant HS) played a solid all-around game with13 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists. Sophomore Sonnie Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent HS) also had 9 rebounds while chipping in 12 points. 

The Jayhawks will be in action this Saturady, Feb. 8 at home in Bartels-Rode Gymnasium against Kalamazoo Valley CC at 1:00pm.

Women’s Basketball Crushes Ancilla 71-49

The MCC women's basketball team dominated visiting Ancilla College 71-49 in on Feb. 3.

The Jayhawks, who started slowly, got a jump start from sophomore Quanieshia McBride (Muskegon Heights, MI/Muskegon Heights HS) who scored eight points in two minutes halfway through the first half. The burst gave the Jayhawks a lead they never relinquished. 

The Jayhawks outscored Ancilla 25-3 after turnovers resulting in a lead of 22 points late in the second half. Sophomore Sonnie Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City HS) played an outstanding floor game with 10 points, 7 assists, and one turnover. Kurnat was instrumental in the Jayhawk offense in key moments. Katie McKinnon had 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals off the bench for MCC. While sophomore Krystal Geers (Grant, MI/Grant HS) chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds. 

Muskegon, now 11-7, will play Kalamazoo Valley CC in Bartels-Rode Gymnasium this Saturday, Feb. 8 at 1:00pm.

Women's Basketball Wins a Close Game After Winter Storm Layover

The Jayhawks traveled to Jackson, Mich. Wednesday, Jan 29 to play Jackson CC. MCC beat JCC 69-65 in their first game back after a long layover due to the winter storms that hit the lake shore. The Jayhawks had worked out only once since losing a hard fought game at Glen Oaks January 20th.The rust showed but the Jayhawk were able to gut out a tough win. The Jayhawks were led by sophomore Krystal Geers (Grant, MI/Grant HS) with 21 points and 8 rebounds. 

Abby Rodriguez made 3 huge three point baskets in the second half en route to 15 points. Katie McKinnon had 12 points and 6 rebounds off the bench for the Jayhawks. “Katie held us together during tough stretches of the game with her hustle and hard play.” mentioned Head Coach Rob Recknagel. With the game tied 63-63, sophomore Sonnie Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City HS) turned the corner off a Geers screen and drew help defense from freshman Alli Wierda (Muskegon, MI/North Muskegon HS) who knocked down the game winning shot from the right corner with 48 seconds remaining. The Jayhawks then earned a stop and executed a great play to get Krystal Geers a layup and cinched the game. 

Muskegon moves to 10-7 on the season. The Jayhawks will be in action next against Lansing CC Saturday, Feb. 1 at home in Bartels-Rode Gymnasium at 1:00 pm

Glen Oaks Edges Women’s Basketball; Five Second Half Lead Changes

The Muskegon Community College fell just short of a victory 65-66 Monday, Jan. 20 at Glen Oaks Community College. The Jayhawks struggled on both sides of the ball in the first half with 6-28 first half shooting and were down 35-24 at halftime. The Jayhawks regrouped at halftime and started the second half on a 12-2 run. The 2nd half went back and forth with five lead changes.

Sophomore Krystal Geers (Grant, MI/Grant HS) overcame a tough first half to score 20 second half points shooting 9-11. She also contributed 11 rebounds. Geers tied the game at 61 with two clutch free throws after a Glen Oaks technical foul with 2:28 remaining. Glen Oaks answered with a three pointer and then two free throws that broke a 64-64 tie with 20.8 seconds remaining. Trailing 66-64 the Jayhawks responded with a drive by freshman Taylor Brown (Grant, MI/Grant HS) resulting in a shooting foul with 4.4 seconds remaining. Brown made the first free throw and missed the second. Glen Oaks corralled the rebound and avoided a foul until .6 seconds to seal the win. Brown played a strong floor game with 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists.

Muskegon moves to 9-7 (2-4) ending a two game winning streak. The Jayhawks are back in action Saturday, Jan. 25 in Bartels-Rode Gymnasium at 1:00 pm against Ancilla College.

Women’s Basketball Dominates Kellogg CC; Rodriguez Shoots 100%

The Muskegon Community College Women’s Basketball team moved to 9-6 overall and 2-3 in their conference with a win at home in Bartels-Rode Gymnasium against Kellogg Community College Saturday, Jan. 18. Freshman Abby Rodriguez (Shelby, MI/Shelby HS) played a great game with perfect shooting from the floor. Rodriguez shot 6-6 field goals and 3-3 from behind the three point scoring 18 points. "Abby is a gamer, she always rises to a challenge, she is a great shooter." Said Head Coach Recknagel. 

The Jayhawks jumped out to an early 13-3 lead. MCC never trailed and built its biggest lead to 17 late in the 2nd half until a late Kellogg surge was silenced by freshman Taylor Brown (Grant, MI/Grant HS)hitting four free throws to cap a 61-54 MCC victory. Brown played an exceptional floor game with 14 points, 5 assists and a very impressive 15 rebounds. These rebounds were key in denying Kellogg’s second half scoring runs. Brown credited her commitment to lifting for her big rebounding game. "Our lifting and circuit workouts have made a big difference. I can see the changes in my strength and it gives me confidence to mix it up and make contact in the paint". Coach Recknagel added, "Taylor has made great strides in building basketball strength." 

The Jayhawks turn around and play again Monday, Jan. 20 in Centreville, Mich. at 5:30pm against Glen Oaks CC.

Women’s Basketball Defeats Grand Rapids CC

The Jayhawk’s moved to 8-6 on the season with a convincing 82-55 win at Grand Rapids Community College on Wednesday, Jan 15 in Grand Rapids, Mich. MCC jumped out early with a 9-2 run and never looked back, surging to a 47-25 halftime lead. Freshman Taylor Brown (Grant, MI/Grant HS) led the first half charge with 14 points and 5 assists. Brown finished the game with a career high 22 points to lead the Jayhawks.

Sophomore Krystal Geers (Grant, MI/Grant HS) also had a monster game for the Jayhawks with a triple double. Geers triple double was the first of her collegiate career. Geers finished with 17 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 steals. Brown and Geers both played together at Grant High School before their time at MCC. Postgame Brown stated "I came in focused, determined to win, Andy I attacked the basket". The Jayhawks got to the rim at will scoring 40 points in the paint. "I expected them to be physical, it was a physical game but we played together, handled the contact and got a good win" said Geers after the conclusion of the Jayhawks 8th win.

The Jayhawks are back in action Saturday, Jan. 18 at home in Bartels-Rode Gymnasium against Kellogg CC at 1pm.

Kalamazoo Valley Tops Women’s Basketball 79-53

The MCC women’s basketball team fell 79-53 to the Kalamazoo Valley Cougars on Saturday. Trailing 47-24 at the half,  the Jayhawks started the second half with 14-3 run but couldn't overcome the huge first half deficit created by poor defense and rebounding.. Sonnie Kurnat and Quanieshia McBride led the Jayhawks with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Abby Rodriguez added nine points and five assists.

Lake Michigan College Outrebounds MCC for 66-62 Victory

The Jayhawks played Lake Michigan College at home in Bartels-Rode Gymnasium on Wednesday, Jan. 8. The Jayhawks continue to struggle in the rebound game and lost the turnover battle in their 62-66 loss.  

MCC led at half time 28-25 with both teams struggled to score points. The Jayhawks came out strong in the second half and extended the lead to eight. But the Jayhawks got out rebounding and gave up too many turnovers and allowed Lake Mich. to get back in the game.   MCC was led by an unbelievable individual effort by sophomore Jake Anderson (Grant, MI/Grant HS) with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks.   

The Jayhawks play again Saturday, Jan. 8 in Kalamazoo, Mich. against Kalamazoo Valley CC at 3 pm.

Jayhawks Fall Short While Geers Becomes Nationally Ranked for Her Scoring

The Jayhawks traveled to Lansing, Mich. Saturday, Jan. 4 to play Lansing CC. Sophomore Krystal Geers (Grant, MI/Grant HS) finished with 31 points and increased her season scoring average to 21.4 point per game. Geers is currently ranked in the top 20 nationally for scoring. 

The Jayhawks fell behind early and were trailing by 14 points with five minutes left in the first half. Freshman Taylor Brown (Grant, MI/Grant HS) and freshman Abby Rodriguez (Shelby, MI/Shelby HS) made great back to back plays and brought the Jayhawks back to within three points of LCC. The Jayhawks kept fighting and took the lead with five minutes remaining in the game, but couldn't hold on for the victory.

Freshman Alli Wierda's (Muskegon, MI/North Muskegon HS) defense on Lansing's LaTonya Shade was a key factor in the Jayhawk comeback. Shade was held to two second half points after scoring 16 in the first half. Rodriguez scored18 points for the Jayhawks and Weirda chipped in another 11 points. Geers also had 13 rebounds for the Jayhawks.

MCC will be in action this Wednesday, Jan. 8 at home in Bartels-Rode Gymnasium at 5:30pm.

Women’s Basketball Make Finals of Laker Classic

MCC played in finals of the Laker Classic in Lake Land, Ill Tuesday, Dec. 31. The Jayhawks faced the home team Lake Land CC in the finals and fell short 49-59. MCC trailed by two 49-47 with 2:09 remaining in the game, but fell to Lake Land CC in front of a large home crowd. The Jayhawks are now 7-3 on the season. 

The Jayhawks were led by Sophomore Krystal Geers (Grant, MI/Grant HS) with18 points and 15 rebounds and sophomore Jasmine Jackson with 9 points and 9 rebounds. 

Krystal Geers and Abby Rodriguez were all tournament selections. Rodriguez scored 53 total points and Geers led all tournament scorers with 61 points and 44 total rebounds. The Jayhawks will be in action next Saturday, Jan. 4 against Lansing CC in Lansing Mich. 

Women’s Basketball Continue to Dominate at Laker Classic

The Jayhawks continued their play in the Laker Classic on Monday, Dec. 30. The Jayhawks had a great win against a quality opponent beating John Wood 70-58 and improved to 7-2 on the season.

MCC stat leader were: Sophomore Krystal Geers (Grant, MI/Grant HS) had 29 points and 14 rebounds, freshman Abby Rodriguez (Shelby, MI/Shelby HS) had 17 points in the first half and sophomore Sonnie Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City HS) had 9 points and 6 assists.

Freshman Katie McKinnon (Jenison MI/Jenison HS) and sophomore Sonnie Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City HS) played great down the stretch. The Jayhawks will play Lake Land CC Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 1pm as the only two undefeated teams at the Laker Classic.  

Women’s Basketball Crush Prairie State College

Muskegon Community College traveled to Mattoon, Ill to play in the Laker Classic on Sunday Dec. 29. In the opening round the Jayhawks pounded Prairie State College 79-49. The Jayhawks benefited from lights out shooting by freshman Abby Rodriguez (Shelby, MI/Shelby HS) for their 6th win of the season. 

Rodriguez shot 13-21 from the floor for a career high and a Jayhawks season high 32 points in the MCC win. Rodriguez, a guard finished with 6 three point field goals, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals to her game total. Also chipping for the Jayhawks were sophomore Krystal Geers (Grant, MI/Grant HS) with 12 points, 10 assists, and 6 rebounds and sophomore Jasmine Jackson (Grand Rapids, MI/Lee HS) with 10 points and 7 rebounds. The Jayhawks led 38-32 at halftime, but closed the game with a 38-12 run. 

The run closed a half in which MCC dominated the Pioneers 41-17. Muskegon had 29 assists with 32 overall field goals and never trailed in the game. Muskegon plays John Wood in game two of the Laker Classic at 5:00 pm Monday, Dec. 30. 

Women’s Basketball Drop a Tough Game to Delta College

 The Jayhawks now 5-2 on the season traveled to University Center, Mich. to play Delta College Pioneers. The Pioneers are currently 9-2 on the season and outscored the Jayhawks 76-60. The Pioneers utilized a late surge to beat the Jayhawks. The Jayhawks got close when they cut the lead to 55-51 with just seven minutes remaining.

A huge part of the Jayhawks comeback was due to the great play of sophomore Krystal Geers (Grant, MI/Grant HS). Geers had 28 points, 17 rebounds, and 7 steals. Geers out played her game averages in the second half alone with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Freshman Taylor Brown (Grant, MI/Grant HS) had 10 points and played a great floor game with 7 assists.

The Jayhawks will be back in action Sunday, December 29 at the three day Laker Classic at Lake Land College in Lake Land IL. 

Women’s Basketball Crushes Alpena

The Jayhawks traveled to Alpena, Mich. on Friday, Dec. 13 to play Alpena CC. MCC moved to 5-1 on the season with a lopsided 85-44 win over the Alpena Lumberjacks. The Jayhawks jumped out to a 26-5 lead and managed the game for the victory. The largest margin came late in the first half when MCC led 50-20. 

The Jayhawks were led by sophomore Krystal Geers (Grant, MI/Grant HS) with 17 points, sophomore Sonnie Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City HS) with 15 points and 6 assists, and sophomore Jasmine Jackson (Grand Rapids, MI/Lee HS) with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Kurnat made her first three field goals from behind the arc and Geers was 6 for 7 for the game. Freshman McKayla Mcdonald (Fremont, MI/Fremont HS) chipped in with 10 points off the bench. 

The Jayhawks are next in action Monday Dec. 23 at University, Mich. to complete against Delta College. Game time is 1pm. 

Women’s Hoops Wins Thanksgiving Tourney

The Jayhawks finished their First Annual Thanksgiving Tournament on Nov. 30 at Bartels-Rodes Gymnasium by beating Schoolcraft 80-45. MCC improved to 3-1 on the season.

The Jayhawks used a strong defensive effort to hold the Ocelots to 26% FG shooting and 17-64 on field goals. Sophomore Krystal Geers (Grant, MI/Grant HS) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds in the first half and finished with a 25 point 10 rebound double-double. Sophomore Sonnie Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City HS) had 19 pooints, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and five 3 point field goals. Freshman Katie McKinnon (Jenison, MI/Jenison HS) sparked the Jayhawks with 11 points and 8 rebounds off the bench.

The Jayhawks led 25-5 early in the game and carried the momentum through for a victory. The Jayhawks will be in action next at Alpena CC in Alpena, Mich. on Friday, Dec. 13 at 6pm.

Women’s Hoops Wins Thanksgiving Tourney

The Jayhawks finished their First Annual Thanksgiving Tournament on Nov. 30 at Bartels-Rodes Gymnasium by beating Schoolcraft 80-45. MCC improved to 3-1 on the season.

The Jayhawks used a strong defensive effort to hold the Ocelots to 26% FG shooting and 17-64 on field goals. Sophomore Krystal Geers (Grant, MI/Grant HS) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds in the first half and finished with a 25 point 10 rebound double-double. Sophomore Sonnie Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City HS) had 19 pooints, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and five 3 point field goals. Freshman Katie McKinnon (Jenison, MI/Jenison HS) sparked the Jayhawks with 11 points and 8 rebounds off the bench.

The Jayhawks led 25-5 early in the game and carried the momentum through for a victory. The Jayhawks will be in action next at Alpena CC in Alpena, Mich. on Friday, Dec. 13 at 6pm.

Women’s Basketball Improve to 3-1

MCC Women’s Basketball played at Bartels-Rodes Gymnasium on Nov. 29 in the Jayhawks First Annual Thanksgiving Tournament. The Jayhawks improved to 3-1 on the season with a 95-50 victory over Alpena CC Lumberjacks.

“We utilized a balanced attack with several key performers. Sophomore Jasmine Jackson (grand Rapids, MI/Lee High School) played well recording 15 points, 14 rebounds and 8 blocked shots.” said Head Coach Rob Recknagel “We scored 52 points in the paint and ran away with the game early using pressure defense and an overpowering rebounding effort.” MCC dominated Alpena 30-8 on the offensive glass. Freshman Katie McKinnon (Jenison, MI/Jenison HS) had 13 rebounds off the bench for the Jayhawks while freshman Alli Wierda (Muskegon, MI/North Muskegon HS) scored 14 pts. Sophomore Krystal Geers Grant, MI/Grant HS) had excellent production with 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 steals all while shooting 9-12 the free throw line.

The Jayhawks will play Schoolcraft tomorrow, Nov. 30 at 5:00 pm in Bartels-Rodes Gymnasium.

Women’s Basketball Routs Alpena CC 71-49

Muskegon Community College improved their overall record to 2-1 with a 71-49 victory over Alpena CC this Saturday, Nov 23 at the East/West Classic in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Jayhawks outscored Alpena 42-19 in the first half. Sophomore Quaniesha McBride (Muskegon Heights, MI/ Muskegon Heights HS) scored nine second half points to help MCC cruise to the victory.

Sophomore Krystal Geers (Grant, MI/Grant HS) had 13 points and 8 rebounds to lead the Jayhawks interior attack, which included shooting 9-10 from the free throw line. Freshman Katie McKinnon (Jenison, MI/Jenison HS) was also a force inside with 8 points and 7 rebounds. MCC outscored Alpena 15-3 on points after turnovers and held its largest lead at 33 points midway through the second half. The Jayhawks will be in action again this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29 &30 at home in Bartels-Rode Gymnasium for the MCC Thanksgiving Classic at 5 pm.

#5 St. Clair CCC Edges Women's Basketball

Muskegon CC traveled to Kalamazoo, Mich. to complete in the East/West Classic Tournament at Kalamazoo CC Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22 & 23. The Jayhawks fell to the 5th ranked St. Clair County CC Skippers 79-64 in their first game.

The Jayhawks were led by sophomore Krystal Geers (Grant, MI/Grant HS) had 17 points, shooting 9-12 from the charity stripe. Sophomore Sonnie Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City HS) shot 4-7 from 3 point line and scored 17 points total in addition to three steal on the night. Freshman Alli Wierda (Muskegon, MI/North Muskegon HS) gave the Jayhawks a huge spark off the bench with a 10 point first half, 12 point for the game.

St. Clair CC finished strong on the offensive glass to take the victory. Muskegon overall recorded is now 1-1 for the season. The Jayhawks will be in action again this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29 &30 at home in Bartels-Rode Gymnasium for the MCC Thanksgiving Classic at 5 pm.

Women's Basketball Opens with a Win

The Jayhawks played at home in Bartels-Rhodes Gymnasium Saturday, Nov. 16 against Calvin College JV. Muskegon Community College won a hard fought game 65-53. The Jayhawks are now 1-0 on the season.

MCC out rebounded Calvin JV 57-36 and benefited from double doubles by sophomore Krystal Geers (Grant, MI/Grant HS) with 17 points and 12 rebounds and freshman Taylor Brown (Grant, MI/Grant HS) with 13 points and 10 rebounds to earn their 12 point victory. Freshman Abby Rodriguez (Shelby, MI/Shelby HS) played a great all-around game with 16 points and 6 rebounds hitting clutch 3's to seal the game down the stretch. Sophomore Jasmine Jackson (Grand Rapids, MI/Lee HS) also had 11 rebounds and 6 blocks.

The Jayhawks will be in action next at Kalamazoo Valley CC’s East West Classic. The Jayhawks will play St. Clair CC at 1pm on Friday, Nov. 22 and Alpena CC at 11am on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Women's Basketball Ends Season

The MCC women's basketball team lost 85-65 to host Lake Michigan College on March 5 in first round rplay of the NJCAA Region XII Tournament.

Lindsey Burnside led the Jayhawks in scoring with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. Jasmine Jackson finished with a season-high 12 points. Lake Michigan led 40-27 at halftime. MCC finished the season with a 12-18 record.

"I thought we did a good job defensively with our man to man half-court defense, " said MCC Assistant Coach Sandra Bush. "We had times in the game where we got the score within four points with opportunities to take the lead and gain momentum but we just could not finish in the paint. I am proud of our sophomores and I am looking forward to working with our returning players for next year."

Jackson CC Edges MCC Women 103-102

The Muskegon Community College women’s basketball team hosted Jackson CC on Monday night, and fell to the Jets in a 103-102 shootout. The Jayhawks took a 52-50 halftime lead by limiting Jackson’s offense to 5-of-19 from the three-point range. 

The Jets found their shot at the beginning of the second half and were leading by as many as 13 points, until MCC began to battle back defensively. With 1:26 left on the clock Sonnie Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City) made a layup to tie the score at 99-99. The Jayhawks then got a defensive rebound and Kurnat went down the floor and connected on a 3pt shot to take the lead at 102-99. Jackson then converted a 3pt shot of their own and a free throw to lead 103-102.

 Lindsey Burnside (Spring Lake, MI/Grand Haven) led the Jayhawks with 23 points and 20 rebounds; Kurnat had 19 points, 5 steals, and 7 assists; Alex Torres (Bitely, MI/Baldwin) had 13 points; Nikki Walsworth (Holton, MI/Holton) had 12 points; and Jasmine Jackson (Wyoming, MI/Godfrey-Lee) had 9 rebounds. 

“I was very pleased with our young ladies tonight,” said assistant coach Sandra Bush. “We stayed in the game, played hard and just never gave up.”

Women's Basketball Defeats Glen Oaks 68-55

The Jayhawks travelled to Glen Oaks Community College and won 68-55, their second win in the last week. In the first half both teams played evenly basket for basket. MCC went into the locker room at halftime with the score tied at 25-25. The Jayhawks opened the second half with a 6-0 run and kept the lead throughout the game. The Vikings made a run in the last few minutes of the game but MCC was able to hold off their efforts to pick up the win. 

Sonnie Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City) led the Jayhawks in scoring with 19 points while going 8-11 from the floor, as well as picking up 6 steals and dishing out 5 assists. T’Keyia Collins (Muskegon Heights, MI/Muskegon Heights) scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds; Lindsey Burnside (Spring Lake, MI/Grand Haven) had 10 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots; Sabri Carter-Latin (Grand Rapids, MI/Wyoming Park) and Quaneshia McBride (Muskegon Heights, MI/Muskegon Heights) each had 5 assists. 

“We had a rough start but we are bringing it together when it counts,” said freshman guard Sonnie Kurnat. 

MCC is now 11-16 overall and 4-10 in conference. They will return to action on Monday, February 25 when they host Jackson Community College.
 

Jayhawk Women Come from Behind to Defeat Kellogg 53-52

MCC took on the Kellogg Community College Bruins at home on Saturday and earned a hard earned victory, 53-52. At halftime the Jayhawks trailed 31-27, and started out slow in the second half allowing Kellogg to take an 11-point league. MCC was able to pick up their defensive effort and eventually took the lead in the final minute. The Bruins had the ball with 18 seconds left and had multiple opportunities to score but the Jayhawks were able to hold on. 

Sabri Carter-Latin (Grand Rapids, MI/Wyoming Park) led Muskegon with 11 points, while Sonnie Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City), Nikki Walsworth (Holton, MI/Holton), and Alex Torres (Bitely, MI/Baldwin) all scored 10 points each. Lindsey Burnside (Spring Lake, MI/Grand Haven) did good work on the glass by pulling down 13 rebounds. 

“It felt good to see the Jayhawks playing aggressive defense. If we continue to play hard and play with desire and determination we should be able to win these last games before tournament play,” said assistant coach Sandra Bush.

Lady Jayhawks Fall to #7 Kalamazoo Valley 44-87

The MCC women’s basketball team traveled to Kalamazoo Valley CC on Saturday afternoon and lost to the #7 ranked Cougars 44-87. The Jayhawks were down by 21 at the end of the first half. KVCC extended their lead when they scored 9 points to open the second half before MCC was able to score a basket. 

Teareya Hill (Muskegon, MI/Orchard View) was the leading scorer with 12 points and 8 rebounds, while Lindsey Burnside (Spring Lake, MI/Grand Haven) contributed with 11 rebounds and 4 assists. 

The Jayhawks are now 9-15 overall and 2-9 in conference play. They will next play on Wednesday when they travel to Grand Rapids Community College to take on the Raiders.
 

Women's Basketball Falls on the Road to GRCC

The Jayhawks traveled to Grand Rapids on Wednesday night to take on cross-town rival GRCC, and lost a close game 54-59. Ball security was once again an issue for MCC, as they committed 28 turnovers. Free throw shooting also proved to be a problem, as they Jayhawks went only 6-15 from the line while their opponents went 18-25. 

Kassondra Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City) led MCC with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. Lindsey Burnside (Spring Lake, MI/Grand Haven) picked up 9 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 8 points.

 MCC now have an overall record of 9-16 and a conference record of 2-10. They will next play on Saturday as they host Kellogg Community College.

Women's Basketball Falls 65-97 to #9 Lake Michigan

MCC hosted the #9 ranked Lake Michigan College Red Hawks and lost 65-97. The Jayhawks only trailed by 9 points at the end of the first half, as they were able to run their offensive sets and limit Lake Michigan’s opportunities on the fast break. 

“Second half we made a few adjustments but just weren’t able to finish in the paint or dominate on the boards,” said assistant coach Sandra Bush. 

Sonnie Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City) played very well and scored a season high 27 points as she went 10-16 from the field and 7-12 from behind the arc. Quaneshia McBride (Muskegon Hts., MI/Muskegon Hts.) scored 9 points, Lindsey Burnside (Spring Lake, MI/Grand Haven) had 9 rebounds, Sabri Carter-Latin (Grand Rapids, MI/Wyoming Park) had 8 rebounds, and Alex Torres (Bitely, MI/Baldwin) dished out 6 assists. 

The Jayhawks now have an overall record of 9-14 and a conference record of 2-8. They will next play on Saturday as they travel to #7 Kalamazoo Valley.

Women’s Basketball Loses 80-57 at Lansing CC

Lansing CC defeated the MCC women’s basketball squad 80-57 on Monday night in Lansing. 

“We came out flat and sluggish tonight,” said MCC Assistant Coach Sandra Bush. “ We did not play with intensity and were not aggressive defensively until the last five minutes of the game. We were able to control the boards but just could not capitalize on our second chance shots.” 

Leading the Jayhawks with 10 points each were Sonnie Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City), Alex Torres (Bitely, MI/Baldwin) and Sabri Carter-Latin (Grand Rapids, MI/Wyoming Park). Teareya Hill (Muskegon, MI/Orchard View) and Lindsey Burnside (Spring Lake, MI/Grand Haven) grabbed 11 and 10 rebounds, respectively. The hosts led by as many as 17 points in the first half and increased that margin 28 points in the second half off five unforced MCC turnovers

Women's Basketball Wins Convincingly at Ancilla

The Muskegon Community College Women’s basketball team defeated Ancilla College 73-44 on Wednesday night. The Lady Jayhawks had five players in double digits. Sonnie Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City) scored 13 points, Lindsey Burnside (Spring Lake, MI/Grand Haven) contributed 12 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks, Sabri Carter-Latin (Grand Rapids, MI/Wyoming Park) scored 12 points, and Teareya Hill (Muskegon, MI/Orchard View) and Alex Torres (Bitely, MI/Baldwin) scored 11 points apiece.

“This was a good win for us tonight. We are on a 2 game win streak and a lot of our players are starting to it step up offensively” says Assistant Coach Sandra Bush.

“We had good ball movement and we were able to attack the middle which was the keys to our success. We are beginning to play consistently on both ends of the court.” Coach Ron Jenkins.

MCC now has an overall record of 9-12 and a conference record of 2-6. They will next play on February 2 as they host Jackson Community College.

Women's Basketball Breaks Out of Slump Against Glen Oaks

The MCC women’s basketball team got back into the win column on Wednesday night as they defeated Glen Oaks Community College 66-55. The Jayhawks were down by 13 points at the start of the second half before they clamped down on defense and got some easy baskets in transition.

Lindsey Burnside (Spring Lake, MI/Grand Haven) scored 14 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the Jayhawks, while Kassondra Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City) scored 18 points and dished out 5 assists.

"We came back and fought hard the whole time. I am so proud of everyone for playing their part to get this win," said Burnside.

MCC now has an overall record of 8-12 and are 1-6 in conference play. They will next play on January 30 as they travel to Ancilla College.

Women's Basketball Losing Streak Continues 

MCC lost a tough game to the Kellogg Community College Lady Bruins on Saturday night 50-66. The score at halftime was 30-26 in favor of Kellogg, and the Bruins would not relinquish the lead for the rest of the game. After halftime the Jayhawks came out flat, unable to score a basket for the first ten minutes of the second half. 

Alex Torres (Bitely, MI/Baldwin) led MCC with 14 points while going 8 of 11 from the charity stripe, and Lindsey Burnside (Spring Lake, MI/Grand Haven) contributed another 11 points and 12 rebounds. 

“Alex Torres was the spark off the bench for us today, she gave 100% effort and refused to quit,” said Assistant Coach Sandra Bush. 

The Jayhawks’ record now sits at 7-12 overall and 0-6 in conference. They will play again on Wednesday at 5:30 pm as they host Glen Oaks Community College.

Women's Hoops Lose 77-74 to GRCC

MCC Women’s Basketball lost a tough game Wednesday night against GRCC 74-77 in Bartels-Rode Gymnasium. 

The Jayhawks were able to get more players involved in the offense tonight, and the guards did a much better job of taking care of the ball, said Assistant Coach Sandra Bush. MCC dominated on the boards and played solid defense, but ultimately couldn’t slow the Raiders for a victory. 

Kassondra Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City) and Sabri Carter-Latin (Grand Rapids, MI/Wyoming Park) led the Jayhawks with 14 points each. Carter-Latin also picked up 7 rebounds and played well on both ends of the court, playing with energy the entire game and making good shot selections. 

“Step by step we were bound to get better, the fire is coming back in our eyes,” said Carter-Latin in response to MCC’s offensive improvements. 

The Jayhawks’ record is now 7-11 overall and 0-5 in conference. They will return to action on Saturday as they travel to Kellogg Community College.
 

Women's Basketball Falls to #7 Kalamazoo Valley

The Lady Jayhawks hosted #7 Kalamzoo Valley on Saturday night, falling to the visitors by a score of 40-75. The defeat is their fourth straight in the conference, dropping them to 7-10 overall and 0-4 in conference. 

MCC was within striking distance in the first half, down 21-32 with only a minute left before a few unforced turnovers led to easy baskets for Kalamazoo. The score at halftime was 21-36. At the start of the second half KVCC was able to score easy baskets in transition, once again due to unforced turnovers by the Jayhawks. 

“We have been playing some tough teams in our conference, now hopefully we can put it all together soon and get back to winning ball games,” said assistant coach Sandra Bush. 

Lindsey Burnside (Spring Lake, MI/Grand Haven) led the Jayhawks with 10 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 steals, but also contributed 10 turnovers to the team’s 33 overall. Sabri Carter-Latin also pitched in with 7 rebounds and 7 points.
 

Women’s Basketball Loses to Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan College defeated the visiting MCC women’s basketball team 90-36 on Wednesday night. 

Lindsey Burnside (Spring Lake, MI/Grand Haven) was the top Jayhawk scorer with nine points and eight rebounds. Teareya Hill (Muskegon, MI/Orchard View) had nine rebounds.

 “We played against a good team tonight,” said MCC Assistant Coach Sandra Bush. “ Lake Michigan scored a lot of their baskets in transition and off our unforced turnovers. The Western Conference league is tough and in order for us to be competitive guards must take care of the ball and post players must dominate on the boards.” 

The Jayhawks are now 11-5 overall and 1-2 in the Western Conference. They will return home on Saturday to face-off with #7 Kalamazoo Valley CC at 7:30 pm.

Women's Hoops Drops Second League Game

The Muskegon Community College Jayhawks suffered an 81-57 conference loss to the Lansing CC Stars on Monday night. 

MCC started off strong with an 11-2 run at the beginning of the game, but Khelsea Bahr’s (Muskegon, MI/Muskegon) two early fouls stymied the early momentum. Bahr had been playing well defensively and was 2-2 from the three-point line when she got into foul trouble. Kassondra Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City) shot very well today, going 7-9 from the three-point line and scoring 21 points. 

Assistant coach Sandra Bush said, “I was very pleased with Sonnie Kurnat, she played well on both ends of the floor tonight and came out ready to play.” 

Lindsey Burnside (Spring Lake, MI/Grand Haven) contributed another 9 points and 9 rebounds for the Jayhawks, and Jasmine Jackson (Wyoming, MI/Godfrey-Lee) picked up 11 rebounds as well. 

MCC is now 0-2 to start conference play, and will try to pick up their first league win on Wednesday night at #1 Lake Michigan College.

Women's Hoops Loses to Jackson CC

The MCC women’s basketball squad lost 128-66 to Jackson CC in its league opener on Saturday.  

The Jayhawks, who trailed 60-34 at halftime, were led by Lindsey Burnside (Spring Lake, MI/Grand Haven) with 13 points and 14 rebounds, while both T’Keyia Collins (Muskegon Heights, MI/Muskegon Heights) and Teareya Hill (Muskegon, MI/Orchard View) added 12 points and nine rebounds. Alexandria Torres (Bitely, MI/Baldwin) netted 10 points.

Women's Basketball Wins Behind 25 Points from Good

MCC defeated Clinton College of South Carolina 55-51 in the final game of the Palm Beach Holiday Classic on Tuesday. 

Jazmyn Good (Windsor, ON/John L. Forster) led the Jayhawks with 25 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, and 5 steals. Teareya Hill (Muskegon, MI/Orchard View) contributed with 9 rebounds; Lindsey Burnside (Spring Lake, MI/Grand Haven) had 8 rebounds, and Nicole Walsworth (Holton, MI/Holton) pitched in another 7 rebounds as the Jayhawks pulled in 53 team rebounds. 

“Limited minutes of starters Burnside, Khelsea Bahr (Muskegon, MI/Muskegon), and Walsworth gave other Jayhawks the opportunity to step up and play quality minutes. Our team faced with adversity due to injuries, but fought hard through the end,” said head coach Ron Jenkins. 

MCC finished their trip with a 1-2 record against three D1 opponents, and now have an overall record of 7-6. They will start league play on January 5th at Jackson Community College.

Lady Jayhawks Shoot Poorly in Loss to Palm Beach State

MCC lost their second game in two days at the Palm Beach Holiday Classic, this time to the host team Palm Beach State by a score of 62-48. Jazmyn Good (Windsor, ON/John L. Forster) led the Jayhawks with 15 points and 9 rebounds while going 6 of 9 from the free throw line. Teareya Hill (Muskegon, MI/Orchard View) pitched in another 8 points and led the team with 11 rebounds.

The girls fought hard defensively, but could not overcome their poor shooting to get the win. MCC shot 33% from the field, 29% from behind the arc, and only 56% from the free throw line. They were also plagued by 28 team turnovers.

The Jayhawks will finish up their trip to Florida on Tuesday against Clinton at 1:00 pm.  They will be opening league play on January 5th at Jackson Community College.

Central Wyoming Edges MCC Women's Basketball 57-50 in Florida

The Central Wyoming College Rustlers snapped the MCC women’s basketball squad’s four-game win streak by defeating the Jayhawks 57-50 on Sunday in their West Palm Beach Classic opening contest in Florida.

“Poor shooting percentage along with injuries hurt the Jayhawks in our opening in the West Palm Beach Classic,” said MCC Assistant Coach Sandra Bush. “We played great defensively, slowing down their tempo and taking away the three-point shot. We put up many shots tonight against a good team but just could not finish. The shots we could not finish were high percentage shots.”

Jazmyn Good (Windsor, ONT/Forster) led the Jayhawks, with 16 points, nine rebounds and eight steals against the 6-7 Rustlers from Riverton, Wyoming. Teareya Hill (Muskegon, MI/Orchard View) played solid defensively with 12 rebounds and 6 points, while Lindsey Burnside (Spring Lake, MI/Grand Haven) added 10 rebounds, 6 blocks and 8 points. 

"I'm very proud of the effort of our young ladies tonight,” said Head Coach Ron Jenkins, his team now 6-4. “We are putting together the pieces of the puzzle, now we have to fit them together."

Women's Basketball Wins Fourth Consecutive Game

The MCC Lady Jayhawks defeated Kirtland Community College on Saturday night by a score of 74-58. They came out sluggish and allowed Kirtland to lead by as many as 12 points, but were able to pick up their intensity on defense and ended the first half trailing 30-31. Lindsey Burnside (Spring Lake, MI/Grand Haven) recorded her second double-double in as many nights, getting 13 points, 18 rebounds, and 5 blocks for the Jayhawks. Jazmyn Good (Windsor, ON/John L. Forster) led the team in scoring as she recorded 27 points, going 9-10 from the free throw line. Kassondra Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City) had 6 assists, and Quaneshia McBride (Muskegon Heights, MI/Muskegon Heights) recorded 5 assists. 

“We started out rough in the beginning and after halftime we came out with heart and played together as a team,” said Burnside. “Everyone gave it their all.” 

Fellow sophomore Jazmyn Good stated, “We stayed calm and kept our poise knowing we were down the whole game. Coach Jenkins made a good decision to press, allowing us to get a lot of steals and come back to win the game.” 

MCC has won four in a row and has an overall record of 6-4, and will next play at the Palm Beach Holiday Classic on December 16 against Central Wyoming in Palm Beach, FL.

Women's Basketball Once Again Takes Down Alpena

The Lady Jayhawks took on Alpena CC on Friday night and came away with a 74-40 victory. The girls jumped out to an early 11-2 lead and never looked back. Lindsey Burnside (Spring Lake, MI/Grand Haven) led all MCC scorers with 16 points, 13 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 4 steals to record her first double-double of the season. Jazmyn Good (Windsor, ON/John L. Forster) also notched her first double-double of the year with 14 points, 10 rebounds, 7 steals, and 8 assists. Kassondra Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City) also pitched in with 10 points and 6 steals. 

“We are excited about how the girls came out and played tonight,” said assistant coach Sandra Bush. “We got a lot of our points in transition and by forcing Alpena to turn the ball over.” 

MCC has now scored at least 70 points in three consecutive games and are in the midst of a three game win streak. The Jayhawks will play again tomorrow afternoon against Kirtland CC in Roscommon, MI.

Women's Basketball Defeats Calvin JV

Muskegon Community College notched their second win in a row as they defeated Calvin College JV by a score of 74-62. Jazmyn Good (Windsor, ON/John L. Forster) led all scorers with 28 points as well as contributing 11 rebounds and 6 steals. Lindsey Burnside (Spring Lake, MI/Grand Haven) had 10 rebounds and 4 blocks for the Jayhawks, and Kassondra Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City) had 14 points and 5 steals.

"We played extremely well tonight. Our defense set the tone early with intensity and lots of energy," said assistant coach Sandra Bush. "Good and Burnside together are taking the lead in making sure they set good examples for our freshmen by playing hard at both ends of the floor."

The Jayhawks now have an overall record of 4-4 and will next play on Friday at 6:00 pm at Alpena CC. 

Women’s Basketball Defeats Schoolcraft 91-53

The MCC women’s basketball team defeated Schoolcraft College 91-53 on Saturday night in the Buffalo Wild Wings Holiday Classic in Bartels-Rode Gymnasium. 

Sophomore Jazmyne Good (Windsor, ONT/Forster) sank 22 points to lead the Jayhawks.,Nicole Walsworth (Holton, MI/Holton) scored 10 pts and made 4 steals, Lindsey Burnside (Spring Lake, MI/Grand Haven) had 10 points and 9 rebounds, Sonnie Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City) netted 13 points, and Teareya Hill (Muskegon, MI/Orchard View) added 10 pts and 8 rebounds. 

“Coach Jenkins has been emphasizing since the beginning of the season the importance of taking the open shot.,” said MCC Assistant Coach Sandra Bush. “Tonight, we had five Jayhawk players in double digits and almost everyone had a chance to contribute on the offensive end of the floor. We played good team ball. Our guards were patient in getting the ball into the post and our post players finished well around the basket.” 

The 3-4 Jayhawks outrebounded Schoolcraft 54-40.  

Delta College Downs Women's Basketball 76-63

MCC fell 73-66 to Delta College in the Buffalo Wild Wings Holiday Classic on Friday night in Bartels-Rode Gymnasium. 

The Pioneers led 41-32 at halftime. Lindsey Burnside (Spring Lake, MI/Grand Haven) led the way for the Jayhawks with 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Jazmyne Good (Windsor, ON/John L. Forster) contributed 16 points and a team-high 9 rebounds. MCC won the rebounding battle 45-42, but only connected on 34% of their field goals to Delta's 42%. 

The 2-4 Jayhawks host Schoolcraft Community College at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Women's Basketball Downs Alpena

The Lady Jayhawks once again took on Alpena, winning 70-58 in their second game of the Pepsi Thanksgiving Classic at Bartels-Rode Gymnasium.

MCC had two players in double figures as both Jazmyn Good (Windsor, ON/John L. Forster) and Lindsey Burnside (Spring Lake, MI/Grand Haven) finished with 11 points. Burnside also contributed a game-high 13 rebounds. Kassondra Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City) also produced for the Jayhawks with 9 points and 5 assists. MCC again struggled holding onto the ball as they recorded 31 turnovers, but were able to notch 15 steals and forced Alpena to commit 24 turnovers. The Jayhawks also outrebounded their opponents 51-36.

Muskegon now has an overall record of 2-3 and will next play at Bartels-Rode Gymnasium on Friday, November 30 against Delta CC as part of the Buffalo Wild Wings Holiday Classic.

Women's Basketball Loses to Oakland in First Game of Home Tournament

The Lady Jayhawks played Oakland Community College tonight in the first game of the Pepsi Thanksgiving Classic by a score of 54-51. Jazmyn Good (Windsor, ON/John L. Forster) paced MCC with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 steals. Lindsey Burnside (Spring Lake, MI/Grand Haven) contributed with 13 rebounds. The Jayhawks played well on defense but just couldn’t find enough offense to pull out the win. 

“We just couldn't put the ball in the basket tonight. We had good looks at the basket but our shots just wouldn’t fall,” said assistant coach Sandra Bush. 

MCC is now 1-4, and will play again tomorrow at 5:00 pm at the Bartels-Rode Gymnasium as the Pepsi Thanksgiving Classic continues.
 

MCC Hosts Pepsi Thanksgiving Basketball Classic This Weekend

Muskegon Community College will host its Annual Pepsi Thanksgiving Classic men’s and women’s basketball tournament this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23-24, in Bartels-Rode Gymnasium. Admission is free to all games. 

On Friday, the Oakland CC men’s basketball team faces the Alma JV at 3 p.m., the MCC and Oakland CC women play at 5 p.m., and the MCC and Alpena CC men compete at 7 p.m. 

On Saturday, the Alpena CC and Alma JV men play at 3 p.m., the MCC and Alpena CC women at 5 p.m., and the MCC and Oakland CC men at 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball Downs Alpena 73-60

Jazmyne Good (Windsor, ONT/Forster) scored 27 points to lead the Jayhawks women’s basketball team over host Alpena CC 73-60 in the East-West Classic consolation game on Saturday night.

"I thought our guards played very well defensively,” said MCC Assistant Coach Sandra Bush. “We put a lot of pressure on the ball and forced Alpena to make a lot of turnovers. We are excited about our first win of the season and we are hoping this win streak will continue.” 

MCC, which had the lead for most of the contest, never trailed after going up 20-19 on a T’Keyia Collins (Muskegon Heights, MI/Muskegon Heights) free throw with 8:30 left in the first half. The Jayhawks led 32-26 at halftime. 

Kassondra Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City) was 7-of-12 from the field while netting 17 points and grabbing six steals. Alexandria Torres (Bitely, MI/Baldwin) added 10 points. Lindsey Burnside (Spring Lake, MI/Grand Haven) had a team-high 12 rebounds.

St. Clair Defeats MCC Women in East-West Classic Opener

The St. Clair County Skippers defeated the MCC women’s basketball team 87-48 in Friday night’s semifinal of the East-West Classic at Park Gym in Alpena, Mich. 

“We are still trying to find a starting five and a substitution rotation,” said MCC Assistant Coach Sandra Bush. “Inconsistent play and inexperience was a big factor in the game today. We played well in spurts and other times we just did not execute down the stretch. As a coaching staff, we understand it is early in the season and while we understand these are growing pains we are looking forward to conference play beginning in January.” 

Lindsey Burnside (Spring Lake, MI/Grand Haven), who had been sidelined by injury, returned to the Jayhawks line-up and scored 10 points with four assists. Jazmyne Good (Windsor, ONT/Forster) netted 14 points and grabbed five rebounds. Teareya Hill (Muskegon, MI/Orchard View) led MCC with six boards. 

MCC faces host Alpena CC in the consolation game on Saturday night. 

Women's Basketball Loses to Davenport JV in Season Opener

The MCC women’s basketball team took on Davenport University’s JV team at Bartels-Rode Gymnasium on Wednesday night and lost to the Panthers by a score of 87-56. 

The Jayhawks worked hard and played with a lot of fire, but experience ultimately defeated youth as MCC was without two of its sophomores in Lindsey Burnside (Spring Lake, MI/Grand Haven) and Molly Christophersen (Muskegon, MI/Muskegon). 

Jazmyne Good (Windsor, ON/John L. Forster) led the Jayhawks with 17 points and Sabri-Carter Latin (Wyoming, MI/Wyoming Park) led with 7 rebounds. Alex Torres (Bitely, MI/Baldwin) played an outstanding game as well in her 14 minutes of action, moving well with and without the ball and scoring 5 points. 

MCC received a very balanced scoring effort—with the exception of Good—as multiple players put up points; however, the Jayhawks just didn’t get enough shots off as they finished with only 53 attempts. 

“Right now the team is just trying to come together and get experience for the freshman as they prepare for the start of conference play in January," said assistant coach Sandra Bush.