Basketball (W)

Lady Pioneers Advance to Quarterfinals

Rouane records double-double in victory

Box Score

(Miles City, MT) -- The Miles Community College women's basketball team defeated Northeast Community College (NE) 67-60 in the first round of the Region IX tournament yesterday.  With the win, the #5 seed out of the North Sub-region will move into the quarterfinals and face Casper College tonight at 7:00 PM.

The lower seed in the contest, Miles outshot the Hawks in the opening half as the Lady Pioneers shot 40 percent from the field while holding their opponent to just 26 percent.  Despite out the defensive performance by MCC, Northeast trailed by just 28-26 going into intermission.

Miles pushed the lead out to as many eight points at the 13:45 mark before NCC came back to tie the game at 45 apiece with 8:29 remaining in the contest.  Over the next five minutes, MCC ran off 13 straight points to take a 58-45 lead in the waning minutes of the game.

Within the final minute of the game, Northeast managed to cut the lead down to 62-60 with twenty seconds remaining.  Kassie Barta (Fairfield) and Christen Lopez (West Jordan, UT) combined to go 5-for-6 from the free throw line to seal the victory for MCC.

The Lady Pioneers finished the game shooting 42 percent from the floor while holding their opponent to just 30 percent.  They scored nearly 66 percent of their points in the paint, outscoring NCC 40-26.

Freshman Tessa Rouane (Columbus) led MCC with a double-double as she finished the night with 15 points and 11 rebounds in the victory.  Barta also finished in double figures with 14.

Lopez finished the night with a near triple double pulling down 10 rebounds, scoring nine points, and handing out nine assists as well.  Playing the complete 40 minutes of the contest, she all picked up six steals on the defensive end of the floor. 

With the win, MCC improved to 22-9 on the season.

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