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UMW women look to close out season and host first round game

The University of Montana Western women’s basketball team had a two week home stand in which it won three of its four games. The women head on the road this week to finish the season in Butte and then Lewiston, Idaho.

Jenna-DribbleMontana Western guard Jenna Banks - photo by Jim WoodillThe Bulldogs’ six game win streak came to an end on Saturday. With the help of that streak the UMW women find themselves in a tie for third place in the conference race and have the inside track at hosting a first round conference tournament game. Montana Western is tied with MSU-Northern for third place, each with 8-6 conference records. They have a two game lead on Carroll College and Montana Tech. UMW needs to win at least one of the final two games to ensure a home tournament game next week.

On Thursday evening the Montana Western team travels to Butte to take on the Orediggers from Montana Tech. On Jan. 2, 2014 the Bulldogs upended the Orediggers with a 57-52 win in Dillon. Montana Tech was led by Mandy Machinal who had 11 points in the first meeting and is averaging just under 13 points a game and 1.5 steals a game. Kabri Emerson had nine points and eight rebounds for Montana Tech in the first meeting. The Bulldogs were led by Jenna Banks’ 19 points and received nice contributions by Sammi Bignell (12 points), and McCall Hasquet (11 pionts).

MelodyUMW's Melody McCloudSaturday the UMW women take on Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. Lewis-Clark has clinched second place in the conference and has a first round bye in the conference tournament. In the first meeting of the season between the two teams the Warriors came out on top with a four point victory in Dillon, 49-45. LCSC is led by Tanis Fuller who is averaging almost 15 points a game and over 6.5 rebounds. In the first meeting she had 12 points and five rebounds. Brittaney Niebergall is leading the conference with 2.74 steals a game and is averaging 4.8 assists. In the first meeting the Bulldogs were led by Sammi Bignell’s double-double (16 points, 12 rebounds). Melody McCloud added 11 points and seven rebounds, while Jenna Banks had 10 points on the night.

The UMW women open the weeks’ two games in Butte on Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. against Montana Tech. On Saturday the Bulldogs take on Lewis-Clark in Lewiston, Idaho at 6:30 p.m.