Saints make a run to MCCC title game for sixth straight season
ANKENY, Iowa - The Central Christian College of the Bible women's basketball team left the Midwest Christian College Conference Tournament having accomplished quite a bit more than it could in the regular season.
The Saints had a successful first two rounds of the tournament, knocking off two teams that have had their number in the past month. The Central Christian women advanced to the MCCC Tournament championship for the sixth straight season before falling in the title game to regular season champion Emmaus Bible College, 99-67.
Despite an 8 a.m. start in the tournament opener on Thursday, the Saints were ready to go in an 88-62 win over Kansas Christian College, a team that left the Ferneau Center with a seven-point win on Jan. 9.
The No. 3 seed Saints got their third matchup with No. 2 seed Manhattan Christian College in the semifinals on Friday. The Thunder had won the two previous meetings in games that came down to the wire, but this time around the Saints controlled things from start to finish in a 64-57 victory.
On Saturday, it also became the third meeting with Emmaus Bible, a game in which the Eagles utilized their speed and depth to run away with their second-straight MCCC Tournament championship.
Three Saints earned spots on all-MCCC honors. Freshman Victoria Cruz was named as an honorable mention, while Kylie Hayes earned second team honors and Taylor Cunningham was named to the first team.
The Saints are the No. 5 seed and face No. 4 seed Manhattan Christian College once again on Thursday in the first round of the Southwest Region Tournament in Moore, Okla. The game tips off at 10 a.m. at Randall University. All live action and results can be followed by visiting www.rusaints.com/fan-zone/southwestregiontournament.