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‘It’s pretty surreal:’ Rocky Mountain College women on highest national ranking

Posted at 6:31 PM, Feb 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-06 09:39:34-04

BILLINGS – Rocky Mountain College’s basketball women just continue to annihilate any of the excellent work turned in by past RMC programs.

Let’s start with their best-ever record at 20-4. Keep in mind, two of those losses are to Frontier Conference-leading Carroll College, both in overtime.

Still, the Battlin’ Bears are ranked higher than they’ve ever been nationally, now at No. 12.

“It’s pretty surreal,” smiled Bears guard Mikayla Jones. “I haven’t been this far up in the country ever for anything, so it’s very exciting. I’m very hyped. I try not to get too hyped. Definitely staying in the underdog mind set.”

“I came from a JUCO last year, and this national ranking is really cool,” said Rocky forward Brooke Jones. “Knowing that we’re just a little bit closer, like top 10, going into the national tournament. It’s great.”

For the second straight year, the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championships will be held in Billings next month. Rocky will automatically qualify as a host team, but the Bears will likely earn a much higher seed than last year based on national ranking.

Rocky’s men and women play at the University of Providence Friday night and at MSU-Northern on Saturday.