(RMC release)

HAVRE – The Rocky Mountain College women’s basketball team opened Frontier Conference play with a 69-54 win at No. 21 MSU-Northern on Friday night at Armory Gymnasium.

Rocky (6-0, 1-0 Frontier) has now won its first six game to start the season for the first time during the past 15 years that record are available. The previous best start was five straight wins to open the 2015-16 campaign.

MSU-Northern (5-4, 0-1) scored the first five points of the game and led 15-12 after the first quarter. Rocky held the home team to just seven second quarter points in opening a 31-22 halftime lead they never gave back.

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The Battlin’ Bears shot 44.1 percent from the field and scored 18 points in the paint. They finished 6 of 18 from beyond the arc with 12 assists and only eight turnovers.

Mikayla Jones led Rocky with a season-high 22 points – four shy of her career high – by making 7 of 11 from the field and hitting three from deep.

Rocky held the Sky Lights to 42.9 percent from the field and forced 17 turnovers for 18 points.

Brooke Jones added 16 points for the Battlin’ Bears. Eboney Jackson led the team with seven rebounds and Hailee Farstveet recorded a team-high eight assists.

Northern got 17 points from Brandy Lambourne and 14 from Jessica Curl.

The Battlin’ Bears will look for a seventh straight win on Saturday when they play at University of Providence. Tipoff in Great Falls is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.