Mountie Women Advance to Championship Game of Mt. SAC Basketball Tip-Off Classic, Defeat Citrus 67-46

Sophomores Dominique McLaughlin and Jonnae Vermillion
Sophomores Dominique McLaughlin and Jonnae Vermillion

By John M. Sherrard

(Walnut, CA) The Mt. SAC Women's Basketball team will be aiming for their ninth consecutive Linda G. Smith Tip-Off Classic Championship on Sunday after a convincing 67-46 semifinal win over Citrus College Saturday night at the Mountie Gymnasium.

Mt. SAC will play Long Beach City College, a 73-68 semifinal winner over Saddleback College, on Sunday in the championship game.

After a close opening-game win in the tournament the Mounties (2-0) took an eight-point (16-8) first quarter lead and were never threatened the rest of the way, averaging a double-digit lead throughout the game.

Mt. SAC, which has won 12 of the last 13 Tip-Off Classic titles, was led by a game-high 26 points (10 of 16 FG, 6 RB) from guard Dominique McLaughlin, followed by 14 points each from forwards Jonnae Vermillion (12 rebounds) and Tianna Burrell (6 of 9 FG, 6 rebounds).

Mountie guards Celeste Brown and Tiana Douglas added seven and five rebounds respectively.

Mt. SAC will hit the road for two tournaments later in the month – Ventura Tournament, Nov. 24-26 and Sequoias Tournament Nov. 30-Dec. 3.

The Mounties won the Sequoias Tournament last season.

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