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UMW women’s basketball returns home

The University of Montana Western women’s basketball team returns to Dillon and the comfort of home and Straugh Gymnasium for a four game home stand after playing five consecutive road games over a three week span. The women's basketball team last played a home game on Jan. 11 when they completed a big comeback with a win over Carroll College.

UMW is currently 11-9 overall and 5-5 in Frontier Conference play. They are tied for fourth place in the conference with Carroll College. The top two seeds have byes the first round of the conference tournament with the third and fourth place teams hosting games the first round. Another weekend sweep is exactly what Montana Western head coach Lindsay Woolley’s team needs. They beat both Rocky Mountain (62-57) and Dickinson State (73-60) last weekend on the road.

Rocky Mountain College is currently 7-12 overall and 0-10 in conference play. They are, however, ranked No. 5 in the country making just under nine three-point field goals per game and have made 166 three-point shots this season which ranks them No. 10 in NAIA division I. The Battlin’ Bears are led by Brittany Kumm who is averaging 12.84 points per game, over three assists, and almost 1.5 steals a game. Mya Perrow-Donovan lead the team in rebounds averaging 6.84 a game.

Dickinson State comes to town to take on the Lady Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Hawks are currently 13-12 overall and 3-7 in conference play. They are led by TaRicka Linzy who is averaging almost 14 points a game, 4.5 assists, and 1.5 steals a game. Linzy’s 112 total assists ranks her No. 8 in the country in NAIA division I. Dawne Degel is averaging 6.64 rebounds a game.

Sammi-Jump-ShotUMW's Sammi BignellMontana Western is coming home to play for the first time in 27 days. They are tied with Carroll at 5-5 in the conference. The Bulldogs are led by KXLF’s player of the week Sammi Bignell when she averaged 17 points and had 18 total rebounds in the two wins last weekend. She leads the team averaging 15.45 points per game, better than seven rebounds, and over two steals a game. Melody McCloud had a nice game versus Rocky when she had 10 points and seven rebounds. Last time out Jenna Banks had 18 points, five assists, and five steals versus the DSU Blue Hawks. McCall Hasquet added 14 points and Roxy Thurman had 10 points, seven rebounds, and four steals versus DSU.

Both games can be seen online via UMW Webcast at http://www.livestream.com/westernbulldogs. Friday night’s game versus RMC tips off at 5:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon the Lady Bulldogs take on DSU at 2 p.m