MCC opens play at nationals on Tuesday

MCC opens play at nationals on Tuesday

HARRISON, Arkansas - The MCC women's basketball team will hit the hardwood bright and early on Tuesday at the NJCAA Division 2 national tournament at North Arkansas College.

The third-seeded Tribunes (26-3) play in the tournament's opening game against 14th-seeded Macomb Community College (Warren, Mich.) at 10 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday. Monroe is in search of its fifth national championship.

MCC qualified by way of an 80-68 win over Niagara County Community College in the Region 3 title game back on March 5. Macomb (19-10) captured the Region 12E championship with a 54-46 victory over Delta College on March 11.

The Tribunes enter the tournament on a 15-game wining streak and are averaging 87.3 points per contest, which is good for fourth in the country. MCC does a lot of damage from beyond the arc, as the team is third in the nation with 314 made 3-point field goals.

Lanay Rodney is the top scorer for Monroe. The freshman forward, who was the Region 3 Player of the Year, leads four who average in double figures with 18.6 points per contest. Sierra Green averages 13.8, followed by Torrie Cash (11.0) and Erica Abitante (10.0). Jaynelle Robinson chips in with 9.8 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.

The Monarchs are led by Sade Lemons, a freshman guard who scores nearly 16 points per game. Macomb is making its second-ever appearance at the national tournament.

This year marks the 17th time in head coach Tim Parrinello's 21 seasons that the Tribunes havereached nationals. Monroe won national titles in 2001, 2004, 2005, and 2006. The team has placed fourth at nationals in each of the last two seasons. 

All games will be broadcast live on NJCAA TV. Be sure to also follow MCC Athletics on Twitter for scores and highlights.