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DES MOINES, Iowa -- An eight-minute scoring drought to start the second half gave top-seeded Grand View some breathing room as the Vikings defeated fourth-seeded Mount Mercy, 70-62, in Sunday's Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament semifinal at Sisam Arena.
The Mustangs (9-21) shot 60 percent from the floor in the first half and led, 40-39, at the break. Neither team got it going offensively to start the final period, but Mount Mercy didn't put any points on the board until a layup by freshman guard Callan Timms with 11:27 to go in the game.
Even without scoring for nearly nine minutes, the Mustangs only trailed by five, 47-42. That was as close as Mount Mercy would get, however, as the 20th-ranked Vikings (20-6) closed out their third win of the season over the Mustangs.
Junior guard Amanda Frost scored 18 of her game-high 23 points in the first half for the Mustangs. Senior guard Brooke Quigley wrapped up her collegiate career with a double-double that included 17 points and 10 rebounds. She also had five assists.
Shelbie Beatty topped the Vikings with 17 points to go along with eight rebounds. Morgan Hamner added 16 points and seven boards. Chelsie Krull hit five 3-pointers for 15 points. Abby Mendlik grabbed nine rebounds and dished out four assists.
Grand View hosts third-seeded St. Ambrose in the championship game of the MCC Tournament on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in Des Moines. The Queen Bees earned a 77-66 road win at second-seeded William Penn on Sunday in Oskaloosa.
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