DILLON, Mont. – The Montana Tech women’s basketball team made a late charge at No. 21 Montana Western but came up short falling 73-67.
The Orediggers (2-6, 0-2) were hot in the first and last quarters against the ranked Bulldog team. Tech took a 21-10 lead after the first quarter shooting 50% from the field and hitting 2 of 4 three-point attempts.
The Bulldogs came alive in the second quarter scoring 32 points put them on top of the Orediggers 42-29 going into halftime. Western increased their lead to 63-42 going into the fourth quarter.
Tech began to mount a comeback going on a 16-4 run to finish the game. The Orediggers cut the lead to four and Western hit a pair of free throws as the clock ran out. Tech shot 66.7% in the fourth quarter hitting 2 of 3 from beyond the arc.
The Orediggers had one of their best shooting performances of the season shooting 48.9% from the field and going 5 for 11 from deep.
Tavia Rooney had 23 points and eight rebounds. Rooney shot 7 for 12 from the field and made 9 of 12 free throw attempts.
McKayla Kolker had 12 off the bench going 3 for 3 from three-point range.
Aubrie Rademacher finished with nine points.
Brynley Fitzgerald had 26 points to lead the Bulldogs. She also had eight rebounds.
Montana Tech plays in an exhibition with the University of Montana next. The Orediggers challenge the Griz on December 18th.
By Montana Tech Sports Information