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STLCC Women Defeat Wentworth for 18th Win

February 01, 2015

Deb Holcomb  
Deborah Holcomb found her scoring touch in the second
half against Wentworth Military Academy Jan. 31 and
finished with 26 points. Holcomb is second in the nation
in scoring, averaging 25 points a game.  

After a pair of tough road losses that saw the Archers squander second-half leads, STLCC women’s basketball coach Shelly Ethridge added a renewed focus on the team’s defensive performance.

That focus translated well Saturday, as the Archers routed Wentworth Military Academy 88-36 at the STLCC-Forest Park gymnasium.  The Archers forced a bevy of first-half turnovers, and held Wentworth without a field goal for a seven-minute span during the second half.

The game represented the fifth time this season in which the Archers held an opponent to fewer than 40 points, though it was the first such instance since defeating Shawnee Community College 99-25 on December 16. In their previous four games, STLCC allowed just under 64 points a game, compared to the team’s season average of 45 per game.

Sophomore guard Deborah Holcomb, who ranks second nationally in scoring with an average of 25 points per game, had difficulty finding her shooting touch throughout the first half, but managed to finish with a game-high 26 points.

The win improved the Archers to 18-5 overall, and erased the memory of a recent four-game road swing that included late losses at Mineral Area Community College and North Central Missouri College. The loss to North Central was the first regional loss for STLCC, as well as the team’s only loss against an NJCAA Division II program.

The Archers look to build upon Saturday’s success when they host State Fair Community College Wednesday (Feb. 4) at Forest Park. Game time is 5:30 pm.


  • With her 26 points Saturday, Holcomb has scored 932 points over the course of her two-year career with the Archers. Provided she maintains her current scoring pace, Holcomb could become the first Archers player to eclipse the 1,000-point threshold as soon as the team’s Feb. 11 game against Three Rivers Community College.
  • The Archers’ home stand continues with contests against North Central at 1 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 7), and Three Rivers Community College at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11.