UMW News BureauThe University of Montana Western Bulldogs women’s basketball team scored the first five points of the game, never gave up the lead and went on to defeat the Lewis-Clark State Warriors 73-53 Friday night in the Frontier Conference opener for both teams. By Lowell Peterson The University of Montana Western Bulldogs women’s basketball team scored the first five points of the game, never gave up the lead and went on to defeat the Lewis-Clark State Warriors 73-53 Friday night in the Frontier Conference opener for both teams. The fourth-ranked ranked Warriors (0-1, 14-2) could never get untracked and a combination of tough Bulldog defense, cold Warrior shooting and excellent offensive transition basketball by the Bulldogs resulted the Warriors' second and worst loss on the season. Montana Western pushed the ball up the court and got easy, open shots that resulted in 26 assists on the night and prevented any hope of a comeback by the Warriors. Montana Western (1-0, 11-3) dominated all aspects of the game on the final stats sheet. The Bulldogs were .435 (27-62) on field goal attempts to the Warriors' .313 (20-64), .400 (6-15) from behind the three point line to the Warriors .125 (3-24) and .684 (13-19) from the free throw line to the Warriors .526 (10-19). Montana Western also won the battle of the boards, outrebounding L-C State 55-38. Montana Western went up by 10 points at 13-3 at the 15:19 mark and increased the lead to 24-10 10 minutes into the game. The Warriors made a run near the end of the first half and cut the lead to five points with a minute to play before Roxy Thurman scored in the paint to give the Bulldogs the lead by seven, 34-27, at the break. The teams battled evenly for the first six minutes of the second half. Freshman post Kaci Matthies scored an easy basket in the paint at the 13:19 mark to put the Bulldogs on top 47-36 and Montana Western would lead by double figures the rest of the way. Two free throws by Hailey Pettit with 44 seconds to play pushed the lead to a game-high 20 points as the contest ended. Pettit recorded her seventh double-double of the season, 17 points and 18 rebounds, to lead the Bulldogs. Sammi Bignell and Nicole Tams each scored 15 points and Matthies finished with five points and five rebounds. Alecia Wilson (12) and Jenna Banks ( eight) were the assists leaders and the Bulldog bench outscored the Warrior bench 20-5. Jasmine Stohr, entering the game as the third leading scorer in the NAIA at 21.3 points a game, was the only Warrior player to score in double figures, netting 15 points. Alyssa Fierro scored nine and Kirsi Voshell, Tasha Bishop and Brittaney Niebergall each scored eight. Voshell and Fierro were the top rebounders with eight each.