Oredigger women head to Carroll for playoff

Montana Tech’s women’s basketball team will return to the site where they turned their season around tonight.

The Orediggers will play Carroll College in a Frontier Conference playoff game at 7 p.m. at the P.E. Complex. The game will be broadcast live on KBOW (550 AM, 101.5 FM or online) with Paul Panisko and John Thatcher making the call.

After an 0-10 start to the Frontier Conference, the Orediggers went to Carroll, where first-year head coach Carly VanDyke played and began her coaching career, and knocked off the Saints 48-44 Feb. 19. The win sparked a three-game winning streak that led to the Orediggers (3-11 Frontier, 11-8 overall) grabbing the No. 6 seed in the six-team playoff field.

Carroll (9-5, 18-9) is the No. 3 seed. The top two seeds, Westminster College and MSU-Northern, earned a bye. No. 4 Great Falls will host No. 5 Lewis-Clark State in the other Frontier first-round game tonight.

When these teams last met, the Orediggers used balance scoring and a stingy defense to knock off the Saints.

Kayla DeWit was the only Oredigger in double digits with 10 points. Hattie Thatcher scored nine, while Mandy Machinal scored eight, Callee Remsen tossed in seven and Martha Dembek and Kabri Emerson each scored six.

Bailey Senlling scored 12 points to lead the Saints, who also got 10 apiece from Cassidy Hashley and Kalee Junkermier. Snelling averages a team-leading 12.7 point sper game, while Hashley and Junkermier each average 12.3. Hashley leads the Saints on the boards with 7.5 rebounds per game.

Machinal, one of three Tech seniors hoping Tuesday isn’t their last time putting on an Oredigger uniform (Emerson and Sophia Baetz are the others), averages 13.6 points per game. Dembek and DeWit average 11.3 points, while Emerson adds 9.1 points and 7.6 rebounds to the lineup. Thatcher averages 4.6 assists per game.

If the Orediggers win, they will head to Salt Lake City to take on Westminster College on Friday. A Carroll win will send the Saints to Havre to take on Northern.