Basketball (W)

WBB Holds Off Western Wyoming CC

Grbic scores 20 in win

Box Score

(Miles City, MT) – The Miles Community College women’s basketball team defeated Western Wyoming Community College last night at home to wrap up the first half of the Region IX North sub-region schedule.  The Lady Pioneers defeated WWCC 71-61 to improve to 16-5 overall and 5-3 in the sub-region. 

MCC jumped out to an early 15-6 lead with just under 16 minutes on the clock as they scored nine straight points over a three-minute stretch.  The Lady Pioneers led throughout the first half from that point forward until the closing seconds before WWCC would take a one-point lead into the break.

The second half saw four ties and five lead changes over the first 12 minutes before Miles took the lead (52-49) on a Bailey Wilson (Columbus) three-pointer.  From that point on, MCC began to stretch their lead out to as many as 12 before coming out of the game with the 10-point victory.

Ivana Grbic (Belgrade, Serbia) scored a team-high 20 points while Tessa Rouane (Columbus) also finished in double figures with 13.  The 5’4” Christen Lopez (West Jordan, UT) pulled down a game-high nine rebounds while handing out five assists.  Grbic also added seven rebounds in the victory.

Western Wyoming was able to stay in the contest with the help of 26 MCC turnovers, leading to 16 points.  Miles held WWCC to 37 percent shooting from the floor, including 30 percent in the second half. 

On the offensive side, the Lady Pioneers shot 42 percent from the floor in the game and held a slight edge in rebounds (42-39).  Rouane scored half of the team’s points off the bench, as MCC’s reserves outscored WWCC’s 26-10. 

Miles Community College will travel to Williston, North Dakota tonight to face Williston State College in a non-conference matchup to wrap up the month of January.  MCC will open the second half of the Region IX North sub-region schedule on the road at in-state rival Dawson Community College on Wednesday, February 1st. 

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