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UMW women’s basketball looks to keep momentum

The University of Montana Western women’s basketball team will travel to Salt Lake City, Utah for a game against Westminster College. The Lady Bulldogs look to continue the momentum they gained after a 15 point comeback this past Saturday to beat Carroll by ten.

Westminster College is currently tied atop the Frontier Conference with five conference wins and no defeats. They are currently ranked No. 4 overall. They are ranked in the top ten in four offensive categories and two defensive. Those include No. 1 in three-point field goal percentage (41.9 percent), No. 4 in assist to turnover ratio, No. 7 in field goal percentage, and No. 10 in three-point field goals made. Defensively they are ranked second in defensive rebounds and No. 7 in scoring defense allowing 56.8 points per game.

SammiUMW is led in scoring by Sammi Bignell who is averaging 16.5 points a game. The Bulldogs will be looking to Jenna Banks and Kaci Matthies to come up big as well. Banks has shown the ability to have big games scoring with four games scoring 16 or more and Matthies is coming off a game in which she scored 12 points. In the first matchup McCall Hasquet scored 15 points making four three-point field goals. Montana Western is led by Sammi Bignell with over seven boards a game. Roxy Thurman had eight rebounds in the first matchup and she will need to have another big game for UMW on the boards as well as adding to her team leading 2.15 steals per game.

UMW fell to the Griffins 55-68 in their first meeting on Dec. 7. The Bulldogs play the next four games on the road and won’t be back home until February. The game versus Westminster tips off at 3 p.m. Saturday Jan. 18.