RCTC uses big first half to down Fergus Falls

RCTC uses big first half to down Fergus Falls

Rochester, MN - With an MCAC playoff berth already in their back pocket the RCTC women's basketball team was looking for a final tune-up (and a possible #3 seed) in their game against MN State Fergus Falls tonight.  RCTC used a huge first period and a strong overall first half to set the tone for the night.  The jackets jumped out to a 14 point lead after the first period, holding the Spartans to only 5 points (19-5).  They kept the pressure on in the second and took a commanding 44-22 lead into the break.  The Spartans were able to cut the lead by only one point in the second half leading to the final 21 point margin of victory and a 78-57 Jacket win.

Alyssa Whitson and Olivia Matti lead the Jackets with 16 points a piece, while Grace Riley added a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.  Abby Bauer joined the trio in double figures with 10 points.  RCTC shot 51% from the field for the game while holding MN State to just 33%.  The Jackets outrebounded the Spartans 46-33 and had 29 assists to only 11 for MN State.

RCTC also outscored MN State 15-7 off the bench, with Arianna Owens and Amber Chapel each scoring 6 points as reserves.

The win forced a coin toss versus Minnesota West to determine the #3 and #4 seeds in the MCAC Southern Division playoffs due to the regular season split in games between the two teams.  MN West won the coin toss and took with it the #3 seed in the tournament.  RCTC will be the #4 seed and face off against #1 seed Western Tech in LaCrosse on Saturday at 1:00pm.

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