UMW News BureauThe University of Great Falls Argos rallied and made key free throws down the stretch to defeat the University of Montana Western Bulldog women’s basketball team 79-75 in Dillon Saturday night. By Lowell Peterson The University of Great Falls Argos rallied and made key free throws down the stretch to defeat the University of Montana Western Bulldog women’s basketball team 79-75 in Dillon Saturday night. Nicole Tams opened the scoring with a three point shot and Hayley Pettit scored eight points as Montana Western used a strong start to open up an 11 point lead, 17-6, eight minutes into the game. The Bulldogs maintained control and upped the lead to 28-15 with 7:24 left in the first half on another Pettit basket. Still down by 10 points with five minutes to go, the Argos mounted an 18-8 run capped off by two Kezia Ford free throws to narrow the score to 36-33 as the first half ended. The teams battled evenly for the first six minutes of the second half and the game featured three ties, the third one being 50-50 with 14:20 on the clock. After Roxy Thurman mad a free throw to put Montana Western up by one, Shorty Ramos converted two charity tosses to give Great Falls their first lead of the game, 52-51, with just under seven minutes to play. A basket in the paint by Taylor Kanthack and a three pointer by Morgen Thacker put the Bulldogs up by two before a pair of free throws by Sydnee Burke tied the game for the fifth time at 55-all. Lindsey Abramson scored to give the Argos the lead again but the Bulldogs responded with a 9-0 run on another Thacker three pointer and two point baskets by Kassi Kerbs, Pettit and Alecia Wilson to go ahead 65-58 with 7:43 remaining. The Bulldogs still led by five points when Ford scored seven straight points to put the Argos on top 74-72 with 1:37 to play. Twenty-four seconds later Kerbs nailed a three to give Montana Western a 75-74 lead with just over a minute to go. Abramson scored to give Great Falls the lead again and after failing to score the Bulldogs were forced to foul. Three free throws by the Argos in the last 27 seconds accounted for the final score. Sammi Bignell and Pettit led the Bulldogs. Bignell scored 19 points and had nine rebounds and Pettit scored 18 points and had a team high 12 rebounds. Wilson and Kelsey Callaghan were the assist leaders with eight and six respectively. As a team Montana Western shot .419 (31-74) from the field, .200 (4-20) on three pointers and .643 (9-14) from the free throw line. Ford paced the Argos with 23 points (going 7-10 from the field and 7-8 from the free throw line). Abramson scored 19 points and Kindra Jones finished with 10. Chelsea Adams and Sarah Sciascia led in rebounds with five each and Ford and Ramos each had four assists. Great Falls was .419 (26-62) from the field, .333 (4-12) from beyond the three point line and .793 (23-29) on free throws. Both teams play at home next weekend. Great Falls (2-8, 8-15) hosts Carroll College (3-7, 10-13) on Feb. 17 and Rocky Mountain (6-4, 17-8) on Feb. 18. Montana Western (3-8, 13-11) plays their final regular season home game against Montana Tech (4-7, 9-14) in the Straugh Gymnasium Friday night, Feb. 17 at 5:30 p.m.