CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Fourth-seeded Mount Mercy wasted no time getting after fifth-seeded Viterbo (Wis.) on Friday night, opening up a 48-18 halftime advantage as the Mustangs advanced to the semifinals of the Midwest Collegiate Conference Women's Basketball Tournament with a 76-53 victory over the V-Hawks at Hennessey Recreation Center.
Junior forward Amanda Frost and sophomore guard Paige Last combined for 26 points as Mount Mercy shot 57.6 percent from the floor in the opening period. Frost had 14 of those points, while Last nailed four 3-pointers for her 12 first-half points. Mount Mercy went on to defeat Viterbo (10-21) for the third time this season and advance to the MCC semifinals against top-seeded Grand View.
Frost ended up with a game-high 24 points and grabbed six rebounds. Senior guard Brooke Quigley added 19 points, five boards and four assists. Last finished with 12 points and also snared four rebounds. Freshman guard Makenzie Zeitler pulled down nine boards, sophomore guard Danielle Herdliska seven as the Mustangs outrebounded the V-Hawks, 44-24.
There were two V-Hawks in double figures, Dani Templin with 13 points and Haylea Halverson with 11. Jenna Engh and Ally Ostrander had eight points apiece. Laquita Becker tallied six rebounds, Halverson and Kelly Evers three assists each.
Mount Mercy (9-20) and 20th-ranked Grand View (19-6) square off on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at Sisam Arena in Des Moines. Second-seeded William Penn (19-9) hosts third-seeded St. Ambrose (23-6) in the other semifinal in Oskaloosa. The winners play in Tuesday's championship game at 6:00 p.m.