UMW News BureauThe University of Montana Western men’s and women’s basketball teams open their home Frontier Conference season hosting the Lewis-Clark State Warriors and the Westminster College Griffins on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15 and 16 in the Straugh Gymnasium. By Wally Feldt The University of Montana Western men’s and women’s basketball teams open their home Frontier Conference season hosting the Lewis-Clark State Warriors and the Westminster College Griffins on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15 and 16 in the Straugh Gymnasium. The women tip off at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men at 7:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcast in southwest Montana on KDBM radio and webcast from a link on the Montana Western athletic department website. The Montana Western men are 13-5 overall, 1-1 in league play and ranked No. 25 in the nation. It is the first time since the 2004-05 season the Bulldogs have been ranked in the top 25. The Bulldogs opened their conference season with a road split losing at Rocky Mountain College and beating Carroll College in Helena, Mont. The win at Carroll was the Bulldogs’ first win in Helena since the 1998-99 season when Montana Western won the regular season conference title. Four Bulldogs are scoring in double figures led by JaRon Brown with 17 ppg. Layne Glaus and Terry Hauser are averaging 12 ppg each and Brandon Lawson 11. Garrett Fink and JaRon Brown lead the team in rebounding with seven rebounds per game each. Montana Western leads the conference in scoring offense with 84 ppg. The Bulldogs also lead the conference in rebounding and are second in the nation with 42 rebounds per game. Lewis-Clark is 1-1 in the Frontier and 13-5 overall after splitting their first weekend of conference games. The Warriors beat the University of Great Falls and lost to Montana State University-Northern (MSU-Northern). Markus Monroe leads Lewis-Clark and the Frontier in scoring with 20 ppg. Also scoring in double figures are Tanner McIntosh with 12 ppg and Daniel Williams with 11. McIntosh leads the Warriors in rebounding with six per game. The Warriors average 74 ppg and give up 71. Westminster College is 12-4 overall, 2-0 in the Frontier and ranked No. 10 in the nation. The Griffins opened league play with home wins over MSU-Northern and the University of Great Falls. Last year, Westminster came to Dillon ranked No. 3 in the nation and lost to the Bulldogs 90-76. Blair Prowse leads the Griffins in scoring with 16 ppg followed by Weston Anderson and Ben Walker with 14 ppg each. Walker leads Westminster in rebounding with six rebounds per game. The Griffins average 72 ppg and are second in the Frontier on points allowed with 64 ppg. The Montana Western women are 4-11 overall and 0-2 in the Frontier after opening conference play with road losses at Carroll College and Rocky Mountain College. Jamie Lake leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 13 points per game (ppg) followed by Nicole Tams with 11 ppg. Tams leads the team in rebounding with six rebounds per game followed by Laura Geis with five. Montana Western is averaging 62 ppg while giving up 69. Lewis-Clark State is 16-2 overall and 2-0 in conference play after home wins over MSU-Northern and the University of Great Falls. The Warriors enter the weekend on a nine-game winning streak and are ranked No. 11 in the NAIA Women’s Division I power poll. Jasmine Stohr leads the Warriors in scoring with 15 points per game followed by Nikki DePeel with 11. Kirsi Voshell leads Lewis-Clark in rebounding with eight per game followed by Alyssa Fierro with six. Voshell leads the team and the Frontier in blocked shots with 1.8 per game. The Warriors average 72 ppg, which is second in the conference. Westminster College is also riding a nine-game winning streak going into the weekend. The Griffins are 2-0 in league play, 13-4 overall and are ranked 15th in the nation. Last weekend, Westminster opened the conference season with home wins over MSU-Northern and the University of Great Falls. Four players are scoring in double figures for the Griffins led by McKenzie Jessop, Michelle Pace and Nicole Yazzie with 13 ppg each. Keshia Catten and Allie Eastman follow with 12 ppg apiece. Jessop and Pace share the rebounding lead with seven per game. The Griffins lead the Frontier Conference with an average of 79 ppg,
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