The Central Christian College of Kansas men's and women's basketball teams got their Thanksgiving break off to a nice start as they completed a comfortable sweep of Barclay College on Tuesday night. The women took down the Bears 103-61 and the men would follow up with a 111-78 victory to cap off the night.
The Lady Tigers picked up their first win of the season thanks to the outstanding performance of Piper Kalthoff, who finished the night with 34 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, and six steals. Kassidy Forsberg also had a big night with 17 points, six rebounds, two blocks, as well as three steals. The Lady Tigers used their depth and defensive pressure to force the shorthanded Bears into 41 turnovers, which led to 48 points for the Tigers. The Tigers were also dominant on the boards, outrebounding the Bears 51 to 31, including 25 offensive rebounds compared to the Bears' five offensive rebounds. The Tigers shot 44-for-98 (44.9 percent) from the field, including 10-for 31 (32.3 percent) in three point attempts and 5-for-7 (71.4 percent) at the free throw line. The Bears shot 20-for-41 (48.8 percent) from the field, without any three point attempts, but they did have 39 free throw attempts, making 21 of them (53.8 percent).
Coach Marc Golden was pleased with his team's efforts on the defensive end, commenting after the game, "It was a good job by our team tonight in the areas we've focused on. Any time you win the turnover and rebounding battle like we did tonight, you're going to be successful."
The Lady Tigers will be back in action on Nov. 29th, when the hit the road to start off their conference schedule at Southwestern Christian University. The game is slated for a 6 PM start.
After the Lady Tigers closed out their win, the men took the floor and took care of business. Jubril Osagie came out ready to roll as he poured in a game high 27 points, 19 of which came in the first half, as well as collected 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. TJ Williams joined him with a double-double of his own, with 11 points and 10 assists, and had six rebounds as well. As a team, the Tigers shot 37-for-69 (53.6 percent) from the field, including 6-for-18 (33.3 percent) from three-point territory and 31-for-36 (86.1 percent) from the free throw line. The Bears shot 19-for-59 (32.2 percent) from the field, including 7-for-22 (31.8 percentage) from three and 33 for 42 (78.6 percent) in free throw attempts. The Tigers outrebounded the Bears 43 to six of those players scoring double-digits.
The Tigers will play an exhibition game next Tuesday on the road at Fort Hays State University (7 p.m.), before they kick off Sooner Athletic Conference play at Southwestern Christian University next Thursday (8 p.m.).