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Bulldogs rally in second half to defeat Skylights

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The University of Montana Western Bulldog women’s basketball team overcame a five point halftime deficit to defeat the Montana State University-Northern Skylights 80-68 in Havre Saturday night. By Lowell Peterson The University of Montana Western Bulldog women’s basketball team overcame a five point halftime deficit to defeat the Montana State University-Northern Skylights 80-68 in Havre Saturday night. Micah Kirkpatrick scored 11 points and Jordan Bruuresma added 10 to lead the hot-handed Skylights in the first half. Kirkpatrick knocked down three shots from outside the three point arc and Bruuresma hit two as MSU-Northern made six of twelve from long range. Montana Western shot well themselves but made just three of seven three pointers and found themselves down 41-36 at halftime. The second half belonged to Montana Western. The Bulldogs outscored the Skylights 44-27 to take control of the game. Laramie Schwenke was the only offensive threat in the second half for the Skylights, scoring 14 of her team’s 27 points. In addition to holding MSU-Northern to 14 fewer second half points, the Bulldog defense limited the Skylights to 29 percent (7-24) shooting from the field. The Bulldogs also got their running game going and were able to push the ball up the court for some easy baskets. Hayley Pettit led the Bulldogs with 21 points and 10 rebounds. It was the ninth time in 17 games on the season she recorded a double-double and the fifth game in a row. Pettit also was a perfect seven of seven from the free throw line. Nicole Tams made all eight of her free throw attempts and finished with 16 points. Sammi Bignell scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds. Wilson led the team in assists with four and Tams had four steals. As a team Montana Western shot .492 (29-59) from the field, .273 (3-11) on three pointers and .905 (19-21) from the free throw line. The Skylights had four players score in double figures. Schwenke scored 18 points and was the assists leader with five. Bruuresma scored 14 and made all six of her free throws, Kirkpatrick scored 11 and Nikki Tresch finished with 10. Kelly Millager had a team-high 10 rebounds, four offensive. Northern was .396 (21-53) from the field, .435 (10-23) from beyond the three point line and .842 (16-19) on free throws. MSU-Northern dropped to 1-2 in Frontier Conference play and 14-3 overall on the season. Montana Western improved to 2-2 in the conference and 12-5 overall. The Bulldogs next game will be against the Montana Tech Orediggers in the HPER Complex in Butte, Mont. on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 5:30 p.m. The Orediggers are tied with the Bulldogs for third place in the conference at 2-2 and have a 7-9 overall record on the season.