The 2012-13 season couldn’t have gotten off to a much better start for the Montana Tech women’s basketball team.
Five players scored in double figures and the Orediggers opened with a 10-2 run as they rolled past South Dakota Mines 86-56 Friday night at the HPER Complex.
The Orediggers led 43-19 at halftime and saw 10 players contribute to the victory. On the night, the Orediggers shot better than 50 percent from the field.
“I was surprised about that,” Oredigger coach Kerie DePell said. “We shoot well in practice, but that doesn’t normally carry over to the game. I was happy. It was a good start.”
Mandy Machinal scored 12 of her game-high 18 points in the first half to lead the way for the Orediggers. Dannielle Devenny scored 17, of which 13 came in the first half. Jessica Sturm scored 14, while Butte Central graduate Brynn Kambich scored 13 points in here collegiate debut.
“Brynne, obviously, is a true freshman, and Jess didn’t play at all for us the last two years,” DePell said. “For both of them to come out and make their presence known was good. Jessica has put in a ton of time shooting, and Brynne is just no fear.”
Also, Laini Kalumbi scored six, Brooke Pokorny tossed in four, Erika Jens netted two and Shaye Muprhy scored one. Ivana Lacmanovic als played for Tech, which plays host to Montana Western in a non-conference game at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Pokorny, also a Butte Central grad, made her return after taking last year off.
DePell said she was pleased to see her team take to the court so hungry. She attributed that to the players being a year older.
“They just wanted to get out there and play, which was nice,” DePell said. “We have a great bench. Everybody who came into the game did something good for us.”
Olivia Antilla, who came off the bench, scored 14 points to pace the Hardrockers. Katie Strandholm and Hillary Hawkins both scored eight.
The Orediggers are back in action Saturday when they play a non-conference game against Montana Western at 7 p.m. in the HPER. That game follows the Dickinson State-Montana Tech volleyball match.
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