UMW News BureauA cold first half once again put the University of Montana Western Bulldogs women’s basketball team into a deep hole in their second game at the Las Vegas Shootout. The result was an 81-67 victory for the Bethel University Wildcats. By Lowell Peterson A cold first half once again put the University of Montana Western Bulldogs women’s basketball team into a deep hole in their second game at the Las Vegas Shootout. The result was an 81-67 victory for the Bethel University Wildcats. The first half ended with the Bulldogs down 42-24. The second half proved to be much better for Montana Western as they outscored Bethel 43-39, but it wasn’t enough to be able to pull out a victory. Hayley Pettit had an impressive offensive game to lead the Bulldogs. Pettit scored 20 points, had 14 rebounds, three assists and two steals. She was seven for nine from the field and made all six of her free throws. It was also Pettit’s fifth double-double in scoring and rebounding. Sammi Bignell also had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Nicole Tams scored 11 points and Alecia Wilson added eight. Jenna Banks topped the team with four assists. Five players scored in double figures for the Wildcats. Jana Roney led the way with 16 points and also grabbed 13 rebounds. Jasmine Taylor scored 15 points, Molly Wallsmith had 14, Takara Harris added 12 and Hailee Deckard finished with 10. Montana Western closed out non-conference play with a 10-3 record while Bethel improved to 7-5 on the season. The Bulldogs return home to open conference play against Lewis-Clark State and Westminster on Jan. 6 and 7 in the Straugh Gymnasium.
The University of Montana Western has launched a national search for the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs position.