Red Deer, AB – Led by Morgan Muir, the Medicine Hat College Rattlers expanded on their lead at half and downed the Red Deer College Queens 61-52 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
The Rattlers led by four (17-13) after the first quarter. In an even second quarter, each side scored 11 points and Medicine Hat held its four point edge at the half (28-24).
Sandra Garcia-Bernal led the Queens with nine points and four rebounds. She hit three-of-four from the field, one three-pointer and a pair of free-throws.
Katelyn Rozdeba took charge for the Rattlers, sinking 12 points and adding six boards. She connected on five out of nine shots from the field.
The RDC Queens shot 32 per cent from the field. The Rattlers were successful on 32.4 per cent of their field goals.
The visitors had a strong offensive showing in the third quarter (21-15), building their lead to ten (49-39). The Queens dropped 13 points in the final quarter. The Rattlers scored 12 and wrapped up a 61-52 road decision.
Harneet Sidhu was named the Collegiate Sports Medicine Queens Player-of-the-Game. The second-year Justice Studies student totaled 13 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Rattlers Player-of-the-Game Morgan Muir contributed 15 points, seven assists, six steals and five rebounds.
RDC's Sandra Garcia-Bernal finished with a double-double (11 points and 11 boards).
The Queens connected on 30 per cent of their field goals. The Rattlers finished with a 35.7 per cent efficiency.
Medicine Hat had the edge on the boards (49-40).
The Queens share fifth with the Briercrest College Clippers (7-8). Both teams have 14 points in the south standings and are four points out of a playoff position.
On Friday, Feb. 7, the RDC Queens (7-8) and SAIT Trojans (3-11) will compete in Calgary at 6:00 pm.
At the same time, the Medicine Hat College Rattlers (9-7) will contend with the Broncos (13-1) in Olds.