Santa Barbara, Cali. – The University of Montana Western women’s basketball team will head to Cali. to play two games this weekend.
On Friday, Dec. 13, the ladies will stop in Santa Barbara to take on No. 3 ranked Westmont. The following day they will travel to Irvine and take the court versus Concordia-Irvine.
The Westmont women’s team is ranked No. 3 in the country and are the NAIA Div. I defending national champions. They are currently 3-3 on the season. One of their losses came versus fellow Frontier Conference school, Westminster, by a score of 53-84. They have played two other Frontier teams and have won both of those contests. They beat Montana Tech by a score of 59-48. They have also beaten Carroll College by a score of 65-44.
Westmont is averaging 61.5 points per game and are led by Kelsie Sampson’s 16.67 average per game. Sampson also leads the team in rebounds per game bringing down 7.33 per game followed by Aysia Shellmire’s 6.5 per game. Celina Gougis leads the team in assists averaging 3.0 a contest.
On Saturday the Western women will play Concordia-Irvine. Concordia is currently 1-4 on the young season. They are averaging 72.6 points per game. They are led by Ashley Ellis who is averaging 13.5 points per game and 6.75 rebounds per game. Katie Ogden ranks second for the Eagles averaging 13.4 points per game, while Jade Reed is pulling down 7.2 rebounds per game to lead Concordia.
“Friday we play the defending national champions on their home floor so it will be a great measuring stick for us and our league,” head coach Lindsay Woolley said. “Saturday we play at Concordia-Irvine.I know our kids are looking forward to this trip because we get a chance to play a couple teams from a league that is very well respected in the NAIA. We will continue to work on our consistency on the offensive end and fine tune some of the things we have been working on defensively. We play games like these so we can be prepared for our conference slate that gets going in January. I am confident that we will have a good showing.”
The UMW women are led by Sammi Bignell’s 18.5 points per game. She has been defended well the last two games for the Bulldogs averaging 10.5 per contest. During those two games McCall Hasquet has emerged as a scoring threat dropping 17 and 15 points. Bignell leads the team in rebound per game grabbing 8 a game, while Roxy Thurman brings down just over 6 a game.
On Friday the game tips off at 7:30 p.m. MST, and Saturday’s tip is scheduled for 5 p.m. MST.