The University of Montana Western women’s basketball team returns home after playing their last three games in California and Billings, Mont. The women went 1-2 on that stretch of their schedule and sit at 6-5 entering the rest of their Frontier Conference schedule.
The ladies beat Lethbridge University on Saturday Dec. 28 for the third time this season. They beat the Pronghorns by a combined 11 points in their first two meetings. In their latest tilt the Bulldogs won by a score of 86-46.
On Thursday Jan. 2nd UMW plays host to Montana Tech. The Orediggers are 4-3 overall so far in the 2013-14 season and is 0-1 in Frontier Conference play. Tech is averaging 65 points a game and are giving up just over 58 points. In their one conference game, however, they scored 76 and gave up 89. Mandy Machinal leads Tech with an average of 13.14 points per game while Kabri Emerson is scoring 12.67 a contest while bringing down a team leading 7.67 rebounds a game.
“This is a very big week for us with MT Tech on Thursday and LCSC Friday. Tech hasn’t played for a few weeks,” said UMW head coach Lindsay Woolley. “ With DeWitt and Machinal we are going to have to be ready defensively as they are one of the better inside-out duo’s in our league. They have a new coach so I am sure we are going to see some looks that we haven’t seen from them in the past.”
On Friday UMW takes on Lewis-Clark State College. The Warriors dropped their first game of the year on Sunday and look to bounce back and return to their dominating form. Lewis-Clark leads the division in turnover margin at +12.9 while also leading the division in steals with 224 thus far. They are averaging just over 17 steals a game that ranks them second in the division. They have three players averaging in double figures in points. They are Tanis Fuller (13.83), Brittany Niebergall (12.77), and Caelyn Orlandi (12.62).
“LCSC is playing really well. They are 14-1 and just lost their first game of the season on Sunday,” said Coach Woolley of Friday’s opponent. “They like to play fast and have shown that they are willing to mix and match different defenses. Their perimeter kids are young but very capable of scoring in bunches. We are going to have our work cut out for us and it is imperative that we get off to a good start this week.”
The Bulldogs are led by Sammi Bignell who is averaging just under 18 points a game while grabbing 7.55 rebounds. Roxy Thurman ranks second for the Bulldogs averaging 8.8 points and 5.5 rebounds a contest. Overall Montana Western is averaging 65 points a game while surrendering 60.
Thursday Jan. 2 Montana Tech vs the University of Montana Western 5:30 p.m.
Friday Jan. 3 LCSC vs. the University of Montana Western 5:30 p.m.