By Montana Tech Sports Information
BUTTE, Mont. – The Montana Tech women’s basketball team defeated St. Mary’s University-Calgary 72-43 in the first of two nonconference games this week as the Orediggers prepare for the Frontier to start up after the first of the year.
The Orediggers (3-8, 0-2) got their second victory on Kelvin Sampson Court this season after playing seven of their 11 games this season on the road.
Tech came out hot against the Lightning with a 23-6 first quarter lead and extended the margin to 36-17 before halftime. The Orediggers shot 40.9% from the field in the first quarter making 2 of 4 three-point attempts. Tech finished shooting 35.9% from the field in the half.
Dani Urick netted eight of her 15 points in the first quarter. Urick finished shooting 6 of 10 from the field and 2 for 4 from long.
The Lightning struggled getting a shot off finishing the first half with 17 turnovers and hitting 6 for 23 from the field. St. Mary’s finished with 26 turnovers.
The Orediggers built on their lead even more in the second half shooting 38.9% down the stretch. Tech finished with 75 field goal attempts shooting 37.3% for the game.
Tech outrebounded St. Mary’s 47-33 and scored 26 second chance points.
Tavia Rooney finished with a double-double leading the Orediggers in both categories with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Rooney also had three assists, three steels, and a pair of blocks.
Jazmyn Kellogg led the Lighting with nearly half of their scoring finishing with 21 points. Chayle Clark had a team high 10 rebounds.
The Orediggers wrap up the nonconference schedule against another Canadian University Keyano University at 2 p.m. tomorrow.