Orediggers pound shorthanded Mustangs

Mandy Machinal poured in 32 points, and Montana Tech’s women’s basketball team took a month’s worth of frustration out on Marygrove (Mich.) tonight.

The Orediggers (3-4) won for the first time since Oct. 27, rolling to a wire-to-wire 86-65 win over the shorthanded Mustangs.

Marygrove (1-3) played with just seven players because of illness.

The Orediggers never trailed, taking a 41-27 advantage into halftime.

The Mustangs pulled to within 48-40 before Kelsey DeWit turned a three-point play that started a 16-3 Oredigger run that put the game away.

Three Orediggers scored in double figures, and nine Tech players scored. Dannielle Devenny added 15 and DeWit tossing in 12.

Keara Marks scored 29 of her game-high 35 points in the second half to lead Marygrove.

“I was proud of our rebounding effort, and our assist to turnover ratio being positive,” Tech coach Kerie DePell said. “Those are two things that we have practiced hard at for two weeks.”

Machinal led all scorers with 13 points in the first half. In all, she hit on 10 of 17 shots from the field. The sophomore guard hit on 11 of 11 free throws.

“Machinal was great with her shot selection which we’ve also been working on,” DePell said.

Erika Jenkins scored eight points in the win, while Brooke Pokorny tossed in seven and Shaye Murphy tallied five points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

Lisa Laslovich scored three points to along with three assists, while Laini Kalumbi and Brynne Kambich scored two and Ivana Lacmanovic handed out five assists.

Jessica Strum and Taylor Sewell also played for the Orediggers, who are off until a Dec. 8 home game against Walla Walla University.

The Mustangs play at Montana Western Saturday before heading to Carroll College on Sunday.

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Montana Tech’s Mandy Machinal goes up for a jumper during her 32-point performance Friday. Keara Marks of Marygrove defends, while Shaye Murphy gets in rebounding position.
Tech’s Laini Kalumbi drives for a basket against Marygrove’s Candice Minus.