Tech women cruise to Sunday afternoon win

By Bill Foley

Sunday afternoon was a stroll at the HPER Complex for the Montana Tech women’s basketball team.

The Orediggers improved to 3-0 on the season with 120-30 nonconference victory over the Northwest Indian College. Stats

The point total was the most ever by the Oredigger women in one game.

“We moved the ball really well on offense,” Tech coach Carly Sanon said. “We got a good shot every time down, and we took care of the ball.”

Martha Dembek opened the game with a 3-pointer, and the Orediggers never trailed in the win over the team from Bellingham, Washington.

Hattie Thatcher scored 16 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists — in the first quarter alone. Dembek added 14 points in the first frame, and Tech led 37-6 after the first 10 minutes.

Tech, which sat its starters for the second quarter, led 59-9 at halftime, and Tech opened the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers from Monica Landdeck and Dembek.

Without pressing and playing mostly zone defense, the Orediggers extended the lead to 93-22 after three quarters.

Despite the starters not playing in the fourth quarter, Thatcher scored a game-high 21 points.

Dembek and Hannah Sparks each scored 16 points, while freshman center Shay Potter came off the bench to score 16 points and grab nine rebounds. In all, six Orediggers reached double figures, with Kourtney Coverdell scoring 14 and Landdeck tossing in 13.

Tech also got six points from Kaylee Zard, who also grabbed nine rebounds, five from Bailey Armbruster, four from Kaylynn Coverdell, three from Kimi Heng and two from Madison Akers and Rachel Farris. Callee Remsen also played for Tech.

Treena Humphreys tossed in 13 for NWIC.

“We got our young ones a lot of minutes, which was good,” Sanon said.

Those minutes were key for Tech’s young post players, Sanon added.

“They’ve been playing OK, but just kind of struggling,” the coach said. “I think they needed a game like this to get some confidence. This little game helped us moving forward.”

Sanon said liked what she saw from everybody, especially those reserve players.

“We’ve talked about our bench being able to come in and take a level up, and I think we did that again tonight,” she said.

Zard hit a short jumper with 3 minutes, 33 seconds left in the game to break the school scoring record. Tech’s previous high came last Oct. 18 when the Orediggers beat NWIC 115-52.

NWIC, which only had six players in uniform, played at Montana Western Friday and Saturday.

The teams will play again Monday. The men’s-women’s doubleheader begins at 5:30 p.m. at the HPER.