WHITEFISH, Mont., Jan. 23, 2017 – Aniese Palmore of Montana Western was named the Frontier Conference’s Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. (read more)
DILLON, Mont., Dec. 21, 2016 – The University of Montana Western head cross coach Dylan Zitzer has announced the signing of Emma Adams and to an NAIA Letters of Intent. (read more)
Aniese Palmore Named Frontier Conference Player of the Week
Palmore is a 5-foot-5 senior guard from Santa Monica, Calif. No. 25 Montana Western recorded two conference home wins downing (RV) Carroll College 53-51 and Rocky Mountain College 52-47. Palmore averaged 24 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals. She was 18 of 32 from the field, 6 of 11 in 3-point field goals and 6 of 7 from the free throw line. Against Carroll, Palmore hit the game-winning basket with .7 seconds remaining.
Also nominated and listed in alphabetical order, Martha Dembeck of Montana Tech, Hailee Farstveet of Rocky Mountain College, Natalee Faupel of MSUNorthern, Caelyn Orlandi of Lewis-Clark State and Bailey Pasta of Carroll College.
Montana Western Cross Country and Track Inks Montana Product
Emma Adams, a four time all-state harrier, from Belgrade, Mont. will graduate in the spring of 2017 from Manhattan Christian High School, where she was the team capitan the last two years. She has a Personal Best of 19:55 in the three mile, and in her senior season she finished in 11th place at the Montana State Cross Country Meet in Kalispell, Montana. She will look to bring her high school success to Western cross country and track. “I think Emma could have an immediate impact at the college level,” stated cross country coach Dylan Zitzer.
Emma is the daughter of Thane and Kim Adams, and was on the Honor Roll and academic all state from 2013-16. Emma plans to major in Biology at Montana Western.
Bulldogs Beat Rocky Mountain 92-80
The Bulldogs regrouped nicely from a tough loss the previous night to 13th ranked Carroll College, by shooting 45 percent from beyond the arc and having six players record double digit scoring. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs took a 13 point lead into halftime and built that lead to 17 early in the second half. It looked like the Bulldogs were going to cost to an easy victory. But Riley Bradshaw and Chad Kenanen had other plans, as the two combined to hit nine three-point shots. Rocky cut the lead to just one with seven minutes remaining. The Bulldogs then scored on their last nine possessions, Dom Robinson (Tacoma, Wash.) and Kooper Kidgell (Billings, Mont.) combined for four three-pointers in that stretch to deny any chance of a Rocky comeback.
Robinson finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Kidgell scored 19 and had four assists. Shyke Smalls (Great Falls, Mont.) had 14 points and a steal. Marcus Payne (Livingston, Mont.) scored 13 points and had eight offensive rebounds. Zaccheus Darko-Kelly had 11 points and Riley King (Missoula, Mont.) added 10 points and seven rebounds.
The Bulldogs will face the Orediggers of Montana Tech in Butte, Mont. on Jan. 26. Tip-off is set for 7:30 P.M.
Palmore Leads Bulldogs Past the Bears
For the second straight night the Bulldogs found themselves in a close game, and for the second straight night Aniese Palmore (Santa Monica, Calif.) took over. Matching her career high 24 points she set the night before. Palmore went 9-17 from the field including 4-6 from beyond the arc. She also recorded five rebounds and two steals. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs out played Rocky for most of the game but once again poor free throw shoot plagued the Bulldogs. Once again they shot 42 percent from the line, which allowed Rocky to stay within striking distance. However the Bulldogs were able to pull away late and come away with another conference win
Britt Cooper (Harrison, Mont.) scored 10 points, pulled down seven rebounds, and had three steals. Kaye Bgnell (Avon, Mont,) had seven points and five rebounds.
Next up for the Bulldogs is the Orediggers of Montana Tech on Jan. 26 in Butte, Mont. Tip-off is set for 5:30 P.M.
No. 9 Bulldogs Fall to No. 13 Saints
The last time these two teams faced each other, the Saints were ranked 6th in the country and the Bulldogs were only receiving votes. The Saints built a 25 point lead in the first half, before collapsing at home to lose by 14.
The tables would turn this time around, as the Bulldogs had a nine point lead late in the first half, before faltering midway through the second half, as the saints hit shot after shot to win by 25.
Zach Taylor lead the Saint with an impressive 10-16 shooting for 26 points, three other Saints player scored in double digits.
Shyke Smalls (Great Falls, Mont.) led the Bulldogs with 16 points, he also added three steals, continuing to lead the nation in that category. Missoula natives Zaccheus Darko-Kelly and Riley King each had nine points apiece. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs look to shake off the disappointing loss as they face the Rocky Mountain College Battlin’ Bears on Jan. 20. Tip-off is set for 7:30 P.M. in the Straugh.
Bulldogs Beat the Saints at the Buzzer 53-51
The Saints jumped out to an early lead and looked like they were going to run away with the game. However the Bulldogs tightened up defensively and held Carroll scoreless for over 11 minutes and only giving up two points in the entire second quarter.
The Saints took a 21-20 lead into the half.
Both teams traded buckets throughout the second half. The bulldogs had a 37-36 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs shot 42 percent from the free throw line going 11-26. Carroll could not take advantage, letting the Bulldogs hang around.
Palmore scored with 17 seconds left in the game to tie the score at 51. The Bulldogs then forced a jump ball, giving them possession with 5.6 seconds left. Palmore took the inbound pass at the top of the key and drove right around the defender for the game winning layup.
Palmore finished with a career high 24 points, and pulled down four rebounds and had a steal. Britt Cooper (Harrison, Mont.) scored eight points. Cierra Lamey (Wise River, Mont.) and Taylor Howlett (Spokane, Wash.) each had seven points. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs return to action Jan. 20 when they face Rocky Mountain College at 5:30 P.M. in the Straugh Gymnasium
Bulldogs Shoot Out the Lights
In a battle of two nationally ranked teams, and in a building that historically the Bulldogs have had a hard time winning in, the Bulldogs emerged victorious with a 13 point win and a perfect conference record.
The Lights jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, but the Bulldogs hit back and kept the game from getting away from them in a tough first half. With the Lights maintaining a slim three point lead, the Bulldogs closed the first half in a flurry taking a one point lead into the intermission.
The next few minutes remained a back and forth affair, until the Bulldogs proved too much as they pulled away over the last 11 minutes.
The Bulldogs, who shot 56 percent from the field, held northern to just 10 points over the final 11 minutes
Junior Dom Robinson (Tacoma, Wash.) led the way for the Bulldogs scoring 26 points and dishing out seven assist. Senior Shyke Smalls (Great Falls, Mont.) added 25, as both were making it rain from downtown. Sophomore Kooper Kidgell (Billings, Mont.) scored 10 points. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs return home on Jan. 19 and 20 to face the Carroll College Fighting Saints, and the Rocky Mountain College Batlin’ Bears respectively. Tip-off is set for 7:30 P.M. on both nights.
Poor Shooting Dooms Lady Bulldogs
The game was a lot closer than the score indicated. The Bulldogs played great defensively, forcing the Skylights into 17 turnovers and 10 steals.
However a 7:31 scoreless stretch spanning the first and second quarters doomed the Bulldogs. The Skylights took advantage and built a 16 point lead that they would not relinquish.
The Bulldogs came out of the intermission with a pesky defense that frustrated the Skylights, and cut the lead to 10. The Bulldog defenders frustrated the Skylights, forcing seven straight empty possessions. Unfortunately the Bulldog Offense could only manage two points in that stretch. And the Skylights hit some big shots to put the game on ice.
The Bulldogs shot just 2-11 from downtown, and just 34 percent from the field for the game.
Sophomore Britt Cooper (Harrison, Mont.) scored 16 points, grabbed six rebounds and had four steals. Senior Aniese Palmore (Santa Monica, Calif.) scored 10 points.(Box Score)
The Bulldogs return home on Jan. 19 and 20 to face the Carroll College Fighting Saints, and the Rocky Mountain College Batlin’ Bears respectively. Tip-off is set for 5:30 P.M. on both nights.
Bulldogs Beat Great Falls in Double Overtime
Junior Marcus Payne (Livingston, Mont.) dominated the second overtime. Scoring 13 of his 17 points in the period and grabbing 3 rebounds and dishing out an assist to lead the Bulldogs to a huge road win.
Poor shooting and turnovers plagued the Bulldogs in the first half, but they managed to only trail by seven at the half 37-30.
Great Falls native Shyke Smalls started the second half on fire scoring 12 quick points to get the Bulldogs back in the game.
The Bulldogs held an 11 point lead with eight minutes left in the second half, but the Argos started to rally taking a lead with a minute remaining. Kooper Kidgell (Billings, Mont.) hit a diving layup to tie the game up.
The Bulldogs had a chance to win the game in regulation but Dom Robinson (Tacoma, Wash.) missed two free throws with 3.1 seconds remaining, sending the game into overtime.
The two teams traded baskets in the first overtime before Great Falls hit a three pointer with 13 seconds left. With the Argo Crowd in a frenzy, and Great Falls seemingly seconds away from pulling off and upset victory. Robinson redeemed himself by grabbing an offensive rebound and sinking a shot from downtown at the buzzer to send the game into the second overtime.
Then Payne took over. Controlling the low post and scoring at will, shredding the Argos for 13 points.
The Bulldogs had six players score in double figures. Lead by Smalls who finished with 21 points. Zaccheus Darko-Kelly (Missoula, Mont.) scored a career high 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Kidgell scored 17 and had seven rebounds, and Marcus Payne finished with a double-double 17 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists. Robinson added 14 points and six assists, and Chase Haack (Spokane, Wash.) scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs travel to Havre, Mont. to play the 15th ranked Lights of MSU-Northern on Jan. 14. Tip-off is set for 8:00 P.M.
Bulldogs Get Road Win Against Great Falls
The Bulldogs played through a lackluster first quarter and took control of the game, leading by 15 at the half. The Bulldogs built that lead to 20 points early in the third quarter as they looked like they were going to run the Argos out of their own building.
However the Argos would not go quietly, outscoring the Bulldogs in the third and fourth quarters. The comeback bid fell short and the Bulldogs hung on to get back in the win column.
Senior Aniese Palmore (Santa Monica, Calif.) who scored nine straight points in the third, finished the game with 17 and three rebounds and three assists. Fellow senior Kaye Bignell (Avon, Mont.) scored 16 and pulled down six rebounds. Senior Taylor Howlett (Spokane, Wash.) added nine points. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs will travel Havre, Mont. to face the 11th ranked Skylights of MSU-Northern on Jan. 14. Tip-off is set for 6:00 P.M.