UMW News BureauThe Rocky Mountain Battlin’ Bears defeated the University of Montana Western Bulldogs women’s basketball team 82-62 Saturday night in the Straugh Gymnasium in Dillon. By Lowell Peterson The Rocky Mountain Battlin’ Bears defeated the University of Montana Western Bulldogs women’s basketball team 82-62 Saturday night in the Straugh Gymnasium in Dillon. The first ten minutes of the contest was a back-and-forth battle and was tied 17-all with 10:10 to play on a Bulldog basket by Brittney Leibenguth. The game featured three ties and five lead changes in the first ten minutes. From that point the Battlin’ Bears outscored the Bulldogs 18-6 over the last ten minutes of the first half to take control of the game. Amie Jensen came off the bench to score 12 points to put her team on top 35-23 at the break. The Bulldogs were never able to get the lead to less than ten points in the second half and Rocky finished the game on an 11-3 run to push the final margin of victory to 20 points. Hayley Pettit scored 17 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the second straight night. It marked the eleventh time Pettit has recorded a double-double in points and rebounds on the season. Nicole Tams finished with 16 points and Roxy Thurman added 12. Alecia Wilson scored eight points, pulled down six rebounds and let the team with seven assists. As a team Montana Western shot .282 (20-71) from the field, .143 (2-14) on three pointers and .769 (20-26) from the free throw line. The Battlin’ Bears got balanced scoring with four players finishing in double figures. Jensen led the way with 16 points, Austin Hanser scored 15, and Alli Blake and Jillian Stanek each finished the night with 14 points. Jensen was the rebound leader with nine and Blake led in assists with five. Rocky was .483 (28-58) from the field, .167 (2-12) from beyond the three point line and .727 (24-33) on free throws. Rocky also had 13 steals on the night and blocked 10 shots (four by Stanek). Montana Western (2-5, 12-8) fell to seventh place in the Frontier Conference. Rocky Mountain (5-2, 16-6) moved into a second place tie in the conference with Lewis-Clark State (5-2, 19-3).
The University of Montana Western has launched a national search for the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs position.