Women hoopsters loose to Idaho State

UMW News Bureau

The University of Montana Western women's basketball team lost an exhibition game in Pocatello, Idaho on Saturday afternoon to the NCAA Division I Idaho State University Bengals, 100-61. By Lowell Peterson The University of Montana Western women's basketball team lost an exhibition game in Pocatello, Idaho on Saturday afternoon to the NCAA Division I Idaho State University Bengals, 100-61. Hayley Pettit opened the scoring with a layup for the only lead of the game for the Bulldogs. At the 14:38 mark Montana Western closed to within three points at 12-9 on two free throws by Kelsey Callaghan and one by Roxy Thurman. Over the next four minutes the Bengals went on a 14-3 run to push the lead to 14 points. The closest the Bulldogs would get the rest of the game was 10 points. Callaghan and Thurman each a hit three pointer and Callaghan added two free throws in the last 1:16 of the first half, but Idaho State went into the locker room with a comfortable 49-30 lead. The Bengals scored 16 points in the paint and added another 16 off Bulldog turnovers. Idaho State pushed their lead to 31 points in the first four and a half minutes of the second period to end any realistic hopes that the Bulldogs could mount a second half challenge. Jessa Jeppesen made two free throws, matching the largest lead of the game at 41 points before a basket by Kassi Kerbs closed out the scoring. The game featured numerous fouls and turnovers. The Bulldogs finished with 25 fouls and 25 turnovers while the Bengals had 24 fouls and 21 turnovers. Three players scored in double figures for Montana Western: Morgen Thacker and Callaghan each scored 11 points and Thurman finished with 10 points and four steals. Sammi Bignell led in rebounds with five and Alicia Wilson had two assists. The Bulldogs had only six assists by the entire team. Jeppesen came off the bench to lead the Bengals in scoring with 19 points. Chelsea Pickering had 14 and Kaela Oakes and Lindsey Reed each scored 13. Cydney Horton and Jeppesen had six rebounds each and Blaire Brady had eight of Idaho State’s 21 assists. The game was an exhibition game for both teams and Montana Western’s record remains unblemished at 4-0. Idaho State’s first official game is scheduled for Nov. 12 against UTEP in El Paso, Tex. The Bulldogs travel to Salt Lake City, Utah for three games at the Westminster Tournament from Nov. 10 to 12. The Bulldogs will face La Sierra University, Cal Maritime University and College of Idaho.