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Women's basketball split trip to Helena and Great Falls

The University of Montana Western women’s basketball team went 1-1 this weekend while they traveled for road games for the second straight weekend. The Lady Bulldogs let one get away in Helena and earned a win in Great Falls, splitting the weekend’s games.

Melody2UMW's Melody McCloudFriday evening the UMW women took an 11 point lead into halftime only to see it slip away in the second stanza and lose by three. It was almost the opposite script of the first meeting between the Saints and Bulldogs. On January 11 they met in Dillon and Montana Western overcame a 15 point halftime deficit to win by ten.

The Bulldog women outshot the Saints in every category except from the free throw line. The difference in the game came from the charity stripe as Montana Western shot 13 of 24 from the line for 54 percent, while the Saints hit on 19 of their 23 attempts for 82.6 percent. UMW shot 38 percent from the field hitting 17 field goals on 45 attempts. Meanwhile, Carroll shot 32 percent making 16 field goals. The Bulldogs’ defense forced 16 turnovers while committing 12 of their own.

Bulldog Roxy Thurman had a big game as she scored 16 points and had four assists on the night. Jenna Banks added ten points of her own. Sammi Bignell and Kaci Matthies added eight points apiece before both women fouled out. The Saints were led by Bailey Snelling’s game high 22 points.

Following Friday night’s contest they traveled north to Great Falls to take on the Argos on Saturday evening. The UMW women picked up the big victory by a score of 80-59. Montana Western made it to the free throw line 37 times and made 31 of their attempts for 83.8 percent. They were able to make 22 field goals, five of which were from behind the arc, for 34 percent shooting. Montana Western had 17 more free throw attempts than the Argos, making 16 more than their hosts.

UMW had five women score in double digits on the balanced evening. The Bulldog’s were led by Melody McCloud’s 16 points and nine rebounds. Kaci Matthies had a double-double by scoring 13 points and grabbing 13 rebounds as well. They were flanked by Jenna Banks’ 14 points and four assists, McCall Hasquet’s 12 points and six rebounds, and Sammi Bignell had ten points. Roxy Thurman was close to a double-double with her nine points and nine rebounds.

The ladies will hit the road next weekend for the third consecutive weekend. The Lady Bulldogs will travel to Billings, Mont., for a tilt versus Rocky Mountain College on Thursday evening with tip off scheduled for 5:30 p.m. On Saturday they tip off at 2 p.m. versus Dickinson State in North Dakota.

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