UMW News BureauThe University of Great Falls Argos broke open a close game with a 15-0 run in a three minute thirty-one second span in the first half and held on to defeat the University of Montana Western Bulldog women’s basketball team 87-81. By Lowell Peterson The University of Great Falls Argos broke open a close game with a 15-0 run in a three minute thirty-one second span in the first half and held on to defeat the University of Montana Western Bulldog women’s basketball team 87-81. Sarah Sciascia (13 points), Kezia Ford (nine points) and Sydnee Burke (nine points) led an Argo attack that opened up a 19 point first half lead. Alecia Wilson was the lone positive offensive weapon for the Bulldogs with nine points and when the halftime buzzer sounded Great Falls was on top 41-28. UGF (1-1, 7-8) never trailed in the game and the only time the game was tied was early in the first period, but Montana Western (1-2, 11-5) battled back and pulled to within two points at 67-65 with 6:39 to play. Two free throws by Ford put the Argos back up by nine, 80-71 with three minutes to play. An 8-3 run by the Bulldogs cut the lead to 84-81 with 1:09 to play but Ford drained three of four free throws in the last twenty-six seconds to seal the victory. Hayley Pettit led the Bulldogs with 20 points and 18 rebounds. It was Pettit’s fourth straight and eighth double-double in sixteen games on the season. Three other players scored in double figures. Nicole Tams scored 13, Roxy Thurman had 12 and Wilson finished with 11. Wilson led the team in assists with four and Jenna Banks had three steals. As a team Montana Western shot .389 (28-72) from the field, .071 (1-14) on three pointers and .667 (24-36) from the free throw line. Three players had big scoring games for the Argos. Ford knocked down 14 of 17 free throws to finish with 27 points. Sciascia scored 22 and Burke finished with 19. Kindra Jones had a big game on the boards, grabbing 16 rebounds and Shorty Ramos led the team in assists with four. Great Falls was .406 (26-64) from the field, .444 (8-18) from beyond the three point line and .844 (27-32) on free throws. Both teams face another conference foe on Saturday. Montana Western travels to Havre, Mont. to play Montana State University-Northern (1-1, 14-2) at 6 p.m. and the University of Great Falls hosts Montana Tech (1-2, 6-9) at 5:30 p.m. Montana Tech defeated MSU-Northern 51-50 Friday night in Havre.
The University of Montana Western has launched a national search for the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs position.