Bulldog women capture first conference wins

UMW News Bureau

The Montana Western women picked up their first conference basketball win Friday night when they downed the University of Great Falls Argos 70-60 in Great Falls, Mont. By Wally Feldt The Montana Western ladies' basketball team picked up their first conference win Friday night when they downed the University of Great Falls Argos 70-60 in Great Falls, Mont. The Bulldogs made it two in a row in Havre Saturday night as they beat the Montana State-Northern Skylights 66-61. On Friday night, Montana Western trailed 26-29 at the half after shooting a chilly 30 percent from the field. In the second half, the Bulldogs found their range and hit 16 of 32 field goals. Kristen Luedtke led a balanced UMW attack with 21 points including 15 in the second half. Rheanna Padden added 10. The Bulldogs out-rebounded Great Falls 51-29 led by Stephanie Dana's nine rebounds. On Saturday night, the Bulldogs used another balanced scoring attack to post their second straight Frontier Conference win as they downed Montana State-Northern 66-61. The Bulldogs were again hampered by cold shooting and trailed 28-31 after one period. The Bulldogs improved from 40 percent shooting in the first half to 57 percent in the second. Stephanie Dana led four Bulldogs scoring in double figures with 17 points. Luedtke followed with 12, Padden with 11 and Chloe Mosey with 10. The Bulldogs are now 2-4 in the Frontier and 6-13 overall. The Bulldog men split their weekend games as they rolled over the University of Great Falls Argos 99-62 and then fell to the Montana State-Northern Lights 59-69 in Havre on Saturday night. The Bulldogs were red-hot against the Argos on Friday shooting 72 percent from the field and leading 63-34 at the half. The half-time break failed to slow the Bulldog attack as they built a 50-point lead at the 13-minute mark of the second half. JaRon Brown led in scoring with 21 points followed by Tyler Hurley with 16. On Saturday against the Lights , the Bulldogs were 14 of 27 from the field and trailed 32-33 at the half. In the second half, Montana Western hit a dismal 31 percent from the field and were 0 for 7 in three-p0int field goals. The Lights hit 48 percent of their field goals including 5 of 10 in three-point field goals. Only two Bulldogs scored in double figures led by JaRon Brown with 21 points and Layne Glaus with 15. The Bulldogs are 4-2 in league games and 16-6 overall. Both Bulldog teams travel to Montana Tech of the University of Montana on Saturday, Jan. 30.