UMW News BureauIn a preview of Frontier Conference action that will start in January, the University of Montana Western defeated Montana Tech in a non-conference game Tuesday night in the Straugh Gymnasium in Dillon, 63-40. By Lowell Peterson In a preview of Frontier Conference action that will start in January, the University of Montana Western defeated Montana Tech in a non-conference game Tuesday night in the Straugh Gymnasium in Dillon, 63-40. Montana Tech scored the first five points of the game but Montana Western answered with a 9-0 run to take a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the night. Former Capital High Bruin Sammi Bignell and Alicia Wilson provided the spark. Bignell started the run with seven straight points and Wilson finished it off with a basket in the paint to put the Bulldogs in control. The closest the Orediggers would get was 11-10 on two free throws by Tabitha Tomlinson. At the 9:36 mark it was just a four-point game when the Bulldogs scored seven points in just over a minute and a half to go up 20-13. Jenna Banks drove for a layup, Morgen Thacker nailed a three-pointer and Banks scored on another layup to finish off the run. Montana Western built the lead to 30-17 before the Orediggers scored the last nine points of the first half to close the gap to 30-26 going into the break. The Bulldogs started the second half by scoring the first 11 points to retake control of the game. Montana Tech’s shooting was ice cold from everywhere on the court and they managed to score only 14 points in the second half. The Orediggers were just 1-of-14 behind the three-point line (.071) and 7-of-22 from the free throw line (.318). Banks led the Bulldogs in scoring with a career high 15 points and Bignell finished with 14. Hayley Pettit had a cold shooting night, netting only six points but pulling down a season-high 18 rebounds. Wilson scored eight points and led in assists with five. The Bulldogs were 7-for-15 on three point shooting (.467), their best effort on the year. Bignell, Banks and Thacker each connected on two from long range. No Oredigger scored in double figures. Kelsey DeWit and Mandy Machinal each scored eight points and Machinal led in rebounds with seven. Tech only had six assists the entire game with Machinal and Dannielle Devenny each having two. Montana Tech fell to 1-1 while the Bulldogs remained perfect on the season at 4-0. The Bulldogs' next action will be an exhibition game at Idaho State University in Pocatello on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m.
The University of Montana Western has launched a national search for the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs position.