The University of Montana Western women’s basketball team made their second consecutive weekend sweep when they beat Rocky Mountain 74-45 on Friday night, and followed that win with a victory over Dickinson State Saturday night 69-67. The women Bulldogs swept the Bears and Blue Hawks in back-to-back weekends and extend their winning streak to five.
The women are currently fourth in the Frontier Conference standings one game ahead of Carroll College and one game behind third place MSU-Northern, who UMW hosts this weekend on senior night. Six teams make the conference tournament, with the third and fourth place teams hosting first round games.
On Friday night Montana Western beat Rocky Mountain 74-45. The Bulldogs had three players score in double figures led by McCall Hasquet’s 16 point night. Hasquet added nine rebounds on the evening as well. Sammi Bignell contributed 14 points and seven rebounds. In addition to Hasquet and Bignell having big nights, Roxy Thurman added ten points and five assists. The Bulldogs shot over 70 percent from the free throw line while the Bears shot 37 percent. Thurman went 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. The UMW women outrebounded RMC grabbing 13 more boards on the night.
The women completed the weekend sweep when they won a highly contested game versus Dickinson State 69-67. The win over the Blue Hawks was the second win in a week for Montana Western over DSU. Montana Western overcame a nine point deficit at halftime to win by two. UMW made 11 more free-throws than Dickinson State attempted on the night. The Bulldogs were led by senior Sammi Bignell’s 22 points and eight rebounds. Jenna Banks had 12 points on the night going 10-for-12 from the free-throw line. The Bulldogs shot 76 percent from the charity stripe converting on 26-of-34 attempts. Rosie O’Brien came off the bench and sparked UMW making three three-point shots in the second half scoring nine points on the night. The Blue Hawks were led by Mariah Duran’s 16 points. Dawne Degel had 13 points and Jess Bygate added ten points before fouling out.
The Montana Western women host MSU-Northern, currently in third in the conference standings, on Thursday night at 5:30 p.m. Thursday night’s game is Military Appreciation night, any current or former military personnel are admitted free of charge. The game versus the Skylights is also a “black out” game, and fans are encouraged to wear black clothing. On Saturday women's basketball hosts Great Falls at 5:30 p.m. The game will be the “pink zone” game where all proceeds from the sale of “Pink Zone” t-shirts will benefit the southwest Montana mammography program. UMW will recognize their seniors that evening in a pre-game ceremony.
Both games can be seen online via UMW webcast at http://www.livestream.com/westernbulldogs.
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