King, Western women crowned NAIA champions

King, Western women crowned NAIA champions
The Western Bulldogs pose for a team photo after winning the national championship Tuesday night in Billings. (Wally Feldt photo)

BILLINGS — The Montana Western Bulldogs are national champions.

One night after winning a dramatic overtime battle in the semifinals, the Bulldogs cruised to a 75-59 win over Oklahoma City in Tuesday night’s championship game of the 39th annual NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championships at the MetraPark Arena. (Stats)

The national title is the first in school history.

The legend that is Briana King once again led the Bulldogs in the victory. The Western senior guard high six 3-pointers and scored 37 points to lead Western, which completed the season at 30-4.

King, who surpassed Western Legend Bobbi Suhr’s school record of 709 points a on Monday night, finished the season with 771 points. She tallied 1,465 points in two seasons at Western.

Tori Anderson added 14 points for Western, which led 24-16 after one quarter and 47-29 at halftime.

Britt Cooper scored nine points, while Cierra Lamey, Shannon Worster and Darby Schey scored three apiece, and Savanna Bignell tossed in three.

Paige Holmes, Brandy Bookout and Mesa King also contributed for the Bulldogs.

Mallory Lockhart scored 11 points to lead Oklahoma City (33-5). Abby Selzer scored 10 points.

Lindsay Wooley is the  head coach of the national champion Bulldogs. He is assisted by Tony Nakashima.

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