Lady Pioneers drop regular season finale

Star Staff
Monday, February 24, 2020

The Miles Community College women’s basketball team fought hard but dropped their regular season finale on Sunday against United Tribes Technical College, 73-63, in Bismarck, North Dakota.

In a game where the Lady Pioneers struggled to find the basket, they were still in a position to win the game, taking a 6-point lead into halftime on the road. The Lady Pioneers ran out of gas in the fourth quarter though, as United Tribes Technical College finished out the game with a 22-12 quarter to close out the win.

MCC struggled offensively in the game, shooting just 27.2% from the field, 21.4% from three-point range, and going 13-24 from the free throw line. The Thunderbirds had a marginally better offensive day, going 44.9% from the field, but only 26.1% from threepoint range and only attempting 6 free throws in the game.

For the Lady Pioneers, teamleading scorer Binta Salawu once again carried the bulk of the offensive responsibilities. The 5-foot-4-inch guard from Sydney, Australia, scored 22 points in the game to go along with three rebounds, one assist, and six steals. Unfortunately she struggled shooting, going 7-27 from the field, 3-13 from three-point range, and 5-12 from the free throw line.

Sophomore forward Kate Golovkina (Moscow, Russia), who has been starting for the injured Lili Long, scored 15 points for the Pioneers and was their second leading scorer. Golovkina also grabbed 11 rebounds, including six offensive boards, recording a double-double in the game. She shot just under 50% for the game, going 3-4 from deep and 2-2 from the free throw line.

Team second leading scorer Claire Borot (Martinique, France), scored 12 points for the Lady Pioneers in Sunday’s loss. The 6-foot sophomore forward struggled from the field, going 3-16 from the field and 0-6 from three-point range.

After the loss, the Lady Pioneers fall to 18-12 on the season, with a MonDak conference record of 10-4. Their conference record earned them the No. 3 seed in the MonDak standings, behind Bismarck State College (12-2) and North Dakota State College of Science (11-3).

The Lady Pioneers start the Region XIII playoffs on Friday, as they take on No.8 seeded Williston State College in Bismarck, North Dakota.