(Story by RMC Athletics)
BILLINGS – Rocky Mountain College is set to host a pair of Frontier Conference quarterfinal playoffs on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Rocky’s No. 3 seeded women will play No. 6 seeded MSU-Northern Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Fortin Education Center.
Most recently winning a 51-36 road game against MSUN on Feb. 16, the Battlin’ Bears swept the Skylights in the season series. A competition between two top 10 scoring defenses in the NAIA, the Battlin’ Bears will look to gain the edge with their No. 6 ranked 3-Pt field goal percentage defense. MSU-Northern is ranked just No. 38 in field goal percentage from beyond the arc.
Alecia Chamberlin’s 363 points and 45 steals leads the Battlin’ Bears in both categories. Also a scoring threat, Markaela Francis has scored 315 points with a team-high 160 rebounds this season.
Rocky’s No. 3 seeded men play No. 6 seeded Montana Tech on Wednesday. The action will tip off at 7 p.m.
The Battlin’ Bears are fresh off an intense overtime win against the Orediggers on Feb. 22. Defensively, they will have to find a way to contain Taylor England who scored 22 points with 17 rebounds last game. England currently leads the Frontier Conference in double doubles. The Battlin’ Bears will look to clamp down defensively with a group of players currently ranked No. 8 in total steals (258).
Jared Samuelson, Rocky’s scoring leader, is ranked No. 8 in the NAIA in total scoring with 566 points so far this season. He also leads the team in rebounds with 229 boards for a No. 28 ranking. Ending the regular season with two strong performances, Clayton Ladine will look to carry that momentum into this week. The junior from San Francisco, Calif., leads the team with 88 assists and is ranked No. 4 in assist/turnover ratio (3.259).