Collin College's men's and women's teams split games at their Thanksgiving tournaments Nov. 23-24, but maintain commanding win-loss records for the season so far. The Lady Cougars are 7-2 for the season and The Cougars are 7-1.
Collin's Lady Cougars picked up a 65-37 win over Murray State College (photos) to start the week. Destiny Thurman led the team with 17 points, followed by Shala Robinson with 13. Five Lady Cougars grabbed seven rebounds apiece in the game: Thurman, Robinson, Briana Marshall, Jalah Walton and Christina Baker.
Collin's Women faced the nationally-ranked Tyler Junior College Lady Apaches in the first game of the Thanksgiving tournament (photos), recording their second loss of the year with a score of 77-67. The game was the second clash of these two teams. The Lady Cougars defeated them earlier 76-71 this month.
Collin fell behind by 8 points early in the game, but evened the score by the end of the first quarter. The pattern repeated itself in the second quarter and both teams were locked at 34 going into the half. Despite coming out strong in the final two periods, the Lady Cougars' shots just did not fall. The team went 25-68 from the field for the game and shot 26.7 percent from behind the arc.
Thurman led the team in scoring with 21 points, while Baker picked up 10 boards for the game, most coming on defense.
Collin reversed its fortunes in a 63-54 comeback win over Kilgore College, Nov. 24. Kilgore went ahead in the first quarter and held on until the third, when Collin turned it up a notch. The Lady Cougars outscored the Lady Rangers 24-12 in the final frame to give Collin the win.
Thurman led with 20 points, followed by Jordynn Hernandez with 10. Robinson had 12 rebounds for the night and leads the team in that category for the season.
The men's team hosted Barton Community College and Seminole State College, falling 81-73 in overtime for its first loss of the year. Tajzmel Sherman led scoring with 21 points followed by Ryan Flores and Nighel Ceaser who each had 14. Ceaser led the team in rebounds with 11, while Sherman snatched 10 defensive boards for the night. The Cougars shot 40.3 percent from the field and went 10-11 shooting from the stripe.
Collin's men got back on track with a 87-75 win over Seminole State College on the final day of the Thanksgiving tournament. The team shot 48.5 percent from the field and 41.4 percent from three-point land. Sherman again led with 22 points followed by Ceaser with 14. A trio of other players scored 10 each in the game. They were Mason Hix, River Reed and Micheal Tate.