Hot-shooting Western women roll to victory

DILLON — The University of Montana Western women’s basketball team earned their second consecutive victory to start the 2015-16 season. An offensive explosion propelled the Bulldogs over non-conference opponent Northwest Indian College. Montana Western won running away, 107-40. Stats

A young Bulldog squad scored early and often as they scored 61 first half points, including 38 in the second quarter. Montana Western scored 21-plus points in each quarter as they held the Eagles to 12 or less in each frame.

“A very balanced effort tonight and overall throughout the weekend,” stated head coach Lindsay Woolley, “our bench gave us great minutes and I hope we were able to develop some depth.”

The Bulldogs balanced attack led to their largest point total since 2010, when they reached 111 points. Senior guard Sierra Higheagle scored 22 points to lead the Bulldogs, who placed four scorers in double figures, had eight players score seven-plus points and saw all 12 players score a basket in route to 107 points. McCall Hasquet scored 14 – including four three-pointers – Brandy Bookout and Sierra Bignell each scored to round out the double-digit scorers for the evening.

“One of the things that has stood out so far for this group is their unselfishness,” Woolley said of his teams’ early successes, “we racked up a ton of assists and were able to tie the school record for threes made in a game, which was set in 2007.” The Bulldogs knocked down 16 long range bombs on the evening, on only 30 attempts, for a 53% success rate. Bulldogs who made three-pointers are – Hasquet (4), Palmore (3), Higheagle (3), Dani Baker (2), Sierra Bignell (2) and Bookout (2).

The successful shooting from behind the arc and the 57% shooting mark was made possible due to an abundance of open shots that were created by the unselfish Bulldogs, who also recorded 28 assists on 40 field goals. Sophomore Callie Kanthack paved the way with eight assists, as Bignell and Aniese Palmore pitched in five apiece. Seven Bulldogs recorded assists in the game.

Palmore continued her stat stuffing performances by adding nine points and six rebounds to her five assists.

Freshman center Darby Schye notched seven points and reached double-digit rebounds with 10. Fellow freshman Britt Cooper added nine rebounds to her seven points and junior Kaye Bignell added to the rebounding efforts with seven. Bignell also scored nine points.

The defense of the Bulldogs was equally as impressive as their offense in the contest as they limited Northwest Indian College a 20% field goal percentage, and only five made two-point baskets. They also dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Eagles 66 to 20.

After a 2-0 start to the young season, Montana Western will have a few weeks off as they prepare to travel to Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada to face the University of Lethbridge and Mount Royal University on October 30 and 31.

— Montana Western Sports Information

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