Holmes, Western women hold off Orediggers

Holmes, Western women hold off Orediggers
Montana Tech junior Mollie Peoples drives in front of Montana Western defender Jenni Weber Saturday night at the Straugh Gymnasium in Dillon. (Wally Feldt photo)

DILLON — Paige Holmes scored 16 points to lead the way Saturday night, and Montana Western turned back Montana Tech 67-53 in a Frontier Conference women’s basketball game at the Straugh Gymnasium. (Stats)

Holmes, who hit 4 of 8 attempts from behind the 3-point line, was one of three Western players to reach double figures as the defending NAIA national champion Bulldogs improved to 10-5 overall and 3-1 in league play.

Mesa King scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Gracey Meyer added 10 points for the Bulldogs. Also, Western got nine points from Shannon Worster, six from Savanna Bignell and Jenni Weber, five from Lilly Gopher and three from Brynley Fitzgerald.

Kaylee Zard and Mollie Peoples each scored 12 points to lead the Orediggers (11-5, 1-3). Zard also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.

Mesa Williams added nine points for tech, while Dani Urick tossed in eight points, Tavia Rooney contributed with six points and seven boards, and Hailey Crawford and Celestina Faletoi each scored three points.

The Orediggers will be home next Thursday and Saturday to take on the University of Providence and MSU-Norther. Western will play at Carroll College on Friday before playing host to Rocky Mountain College on Saturday.

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