The Montana Western men’s basketball team entered the contest needing one win to capture the Frontier Conference regular season championship. They left Montana Tech still needing one win to secure the title after an 80-71 loss to the Orediggers.
The Montana Western women’s basketball teams took to the road needing two wins for a chance to play in the Frontier Conference Tournament. Their hopes were snuffed out with an 80-71 loss to the Montana Tech Orediggers.
Both teams started the game hot with the Bulldogs holding an advantage in shooting percentage, but they were outrebounded in the first period. There were 12 lead changes in the first period, and at the intermission the score was tied at 36. Senior Jenna Banks led the first half scoring with 15 points in the half including 3-4 shooting from behind the arc.
The game stayed tight until an Oredigger run midway through the second half. Montana Tech hit some timely shots and continued to outrebound the Bulldogs to pull away by as much as 11 points. Banks finished the game with 22 points and junior Sierra Higheagle led all scorers with 28 points, 12 from three. Their efforts were not enough as only five Bulldogs registered on the scoreboard.
The Montana Western road trip continues with a final regular season game at Lewis-Clark State on Saturday. Though a win could put the Bulldogs into a tie for sixth in the conference, the final playoff position, both Rocky Mountain and Montana Tech hold tiebreaker advantages over Montana Western.
Wally Feldt was honored with the 2015 Frontier Conference Service Award at a ceremony between the Montana Western and University of Great Falls basketball games.
Montana Western senior point guard Stephen McCall was selected Frontier Conference men’s basketball player of the week.
The Montana Western Bulldogs started the contest with a hot shooting hand and finished one game closer to clinching the Frontier Conference title with a 86-76 win over the University of Great Falls.
The Montana Western women’s basketball team showed its toughness, overcoming a wide halftime margin on senior night. In the end, the effort was not quite enough and the Bulldogs fell 77-85 to the University of Great Falls.
Between the women's and men's Saturday evening home games, the senior basketball players and cheerleaders will be recognized. The nine basketball players represent 723 games played for the Bulldogs and have written themselves into the UMW record books.
The Montana Western Bulldogs avenged a previous road loss to the Montana State University – Northern Lights in a big way, earning a 68-46 win at Straugh Gymnasium.
The visiting Montana State University Northern Skylights used balanced scoring and a stingy defense to defeat the Montana Western Bulldogs 66-33 in Frontier Conference women’s basketball action.
Seven years ago, a group of community members teamed up with the Montana Western women’s basketball program to stage a breast cancer awareness game to honor survivors and increase awareness of the disease.
From t-shirts and a bake sale, the program has grown to include events throughout the month of February, and has generated more than $22,000 in the past five years to support the Southwestern Montana Mammography Program.