The University of Montana Western women’s basketball team overcame a 15 point deficit at half time to win 66-56 over Carroll College.
The Bulldogs came out in the second half and outscored the Saints by a score of 46-21 to take the win. With 8:22 left in the game Roxy Thurman hit a field goal to put Montana Western up by one. Once in the lead UMW was able to build an 11 point advantage to carry them to the victory.
“Hats off to our kids. We have been in a few bad places mentally over the last couple weeks and when we were down 17 they could have packed it in,” head coach Lindsay Woolley said. “We were tougher on the defensive end and executed really well on the offensive end.”
The Bulldog defense forced 19 turnovers for the game. The defensive pressure and execution came to the forefront in the second half for Montana Western. The Saints were held to 33 percent shooting from the field and 25 percent from behind the arc in the second half. The Bulldogs had seven steals led by Sammi Bignell who had three of them. In comparison UMW was able to limit their turnovers to just nine.
In the first half UMW shot 32 percent and came out in the second half and shot 64 percent. The Bulldogs were solid from the free throw line in the second half shooting 80 percent from the stripe converting on 12 of 15 attempts. The Bulldogs were led by Jenna Banks’ 18 point performance. Sammi Bignell added 17 points and Kaci Matthies had 12 points and eight rebounds on the night.
“I’m very proud of them and hope that we can build on this moving forward,” Said Coach Woolley.