The University of Montana Western women’s basketball team will take to the road for a second straight weekend to play on back to back nights against conference opponents.
The team is coming off a loss versus fourth ranked Westminster last Saturday by a score of 43-76. UMW had 20 turnovers and only nine assists versus the Griffins. The Bulldogs were outrebounded in that game 27-39. Montana Western head coach Lindsay Woolley knows his team must be better at taking care of the ball this weekend.
“I was very disappointed in our inability to take care of the basketball and rebound,” Coach Woolley said. “We were not strong with the ball (and) continuously got beat to loose balls and rebounds.”
On Friday evening the ladies will take on the Carroll College Saints in Helena. The Bulldogs beat the Saints on Jan. 11 by a score of 66-56. In that contest the UMW women overcame a 15 point halftime deficit to win by ten. The Bulldog defense will have to try and stop Kalee Junkermier who had 19 points and Bailey Snelling who had 12 points in the first meeting. Montana Western was led by Jenna Banks’ 18 points and Sammi Bignell’s 17 points. Kaci Matthies added 12 of her own in the win.
Saturday evening the Lady Bulldogs travel to Great Falls to take on the Argos who are currently tied with UMW at 2-4 in conference play. UGF is led by Erin Legel who is scoring 18.79 points a game while dishing out 6.63 assists a game. The Argos are led by Lindsey Abramson’s 12 rebounds a game.
“Two huge games for us at Carroll and UGF. Both games are winnable but we are going to have to clean up our miscues from last weekend. We don’t have time to hang our heads because we will need to get a split if we want to have any chance of competing for a playoff spot.”
Both Friday and Saturday game times are set for 5:30 p.m.