UMW News BureauThe Jamestown College Jimmies opened the second half of the season with a 9-0 run and went on to defeat the University of Montana Western Bulldogs 78-65 Saturday afternoon. By Lowell Peterson The University of Montana Western women's basketball team improved their record on the season to 8-1 with a 75-63 victory over Dickinson State University in Dickinson, N.D. on Friday, Nov. 25. It was the second meeting between the two teams. The Bulldogs also defeated the Blue Hawks in Dillon, Mont. on Oct. 28, 70-52. Three players scored in double figures for Montana Western. Sammi Bignell led the way with 20 points, Hayley Pettit scored 19 and Nicole Tams finished with 14. Pettit was also the leading rebounder with eight and Alecia Wilson had four assists. Jordyn Bender topped the Blue Hawks with 17 points and Mandy Mullock and Kylee Bittner each scored 14. Janae Moore grabbed five rebounds and Bender led her team with three assists. Montana Western outshot Dickinson State from the field and free throw line. The Bulldogs were .431 (28-65) from the field, .357 (5-14) from behind the three-point line and .737 (14-19) on free throws. The Blue Hawks were .362 (21-58) from the field, .200 (4-20) on three point attempts and .607 (17-28) from the free throw line. The Bulldogs face Jamestown College at 12 p.m. at Dickinson State on Sat., Nov. 26 in the second game of the Thanksgiving road trip. Also on Saturday, the Bulldogs faced the Jamestown College Jimmies, who opened the second half of the season with a 9-0 run and went on to defeat the Montana Western 78-65 Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs were only down by three points, 33-30, at halftime but could not overcome the early double-digit lead. Fouls and turnovers by both teams were prevalent in the game. The Bulldogs turned the ball over 29 times and committed 31 fouls. Jamestown had 26 turnovers and committed 23 fouls. The Jimmies made 27 of 38 free throws and Montana Western knocked down 22 of 31. Hayley Pettit led the Bulldog attack recording a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Sammi Bignell was the only other Bulldog to score in double figures with 14 points. Kassi Kerbs made all four of her shots from the field, one a three-pointer, to score nine points. Alicia Wilson had six assists and four steals. Four players scored in double figures for Jamestown. Bridget Schuneman led the way with 22 points, Hannah Steele and Morgan Mathison each scored 12, and Carley Jensen finished with 10. Schuneman grabbed five rebounds and Steele led the team with seven assists and three steals. Montana Western’s record fell to 8-2 on the season while Jamestown improved to 10-1. The Bulldogs continue their two-month road swing with two games in Idaho. They play an exhibition game against Northwest Nazarene in Nampa on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. and follow up with a game against College of Idaho at 4 p.m. on Dec. 10 in Caldwell.
The University of Montana Western has launched a national search for the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs position.