HARRISON, Arkansas - The MCC women's basketball team finished the season with a 66-57 win over Kankakee Community College to capture third place at the NJCAA Division 2 national tournament Saturday evening.
The Tribunes (29-4) jumped out to a quick lead and held off a late charge by the Cavaliers to come away with the win.
MCC trailed 6-3 early in the first quarter before closing the frame on a 12-0 run to grab the momentum. Caitie Broderick hit a pair of free throws and a basket to start the spurt and give Monroe a 7-6 lead.
Green then scored seven of her team-high 13 in the second quarter to help the Tribunes take a 28-22 lead into the half.
The lead grew to as many as 20 in the third quarter as a balanced MCC attack on both ends of the floor kept Kankakee off balance. Broderick's three-point play made it 44-24 midway through the stanza as Monroe maintained control.
The Cavaliers were able to mount a rally in the fourth and closed to four at 46-42 with 6:53 remaining. Lanay Rodney helped restore order for Monroe, converting three shots as MCC went on a 12-3 run to put the game away.
Rodney and Hines were named to the all-tournament team for Monroe.