Tech women win again

The Oredigger women continue to sizzle.

Mandy Machinal scored 15 points Thursday night to lead Orediggers in double figures in a 66-57 Frontier Conference basketball win over Montana Western at the HPER Complex.

Laini Kalumbi, who has also been on a roll lately, scored 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, while Shaye Murphy and Brooke Pokorny both came off the bench to score 11 points.

The win was the seventh in eight games for the Orediggers, who improved to 9-6 overall and 2-0 on the Frontier. Tech also improved to 6-1 at home.

“I’m really proud of this win tonight because we didn’t play well for about three quarters of the game,” Tech coach Kerie DePell said. “But then we were able¬† to right the ship and change our course. We fixed what we were doing wrong and started playing with great energy. That’s what championship teams are able to and that’s a good sign for us.”

The Orediggers led by as many as 13 points in the first half before taking just a 26-22 lead into the break. The Orediggers, though, had enough to hold off the hard-charging Bulldogs in the second half.

Dannii Devenny scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds in the win, while Kelsey DeWit and Erika Jenkins each scored three and Brynne Kambich laid in two. Lisa Laslovich and Ivana Lacmanovic also played in the win.

Sami Bignell’s 15 points and 10 rebounds led the Bulldogs (8-8, 0-2). Jenna Banks added nine points, while Kaci Matthies scored seven and Alecia WIlson netted six.

“Pokorny came out of her shooting slump in a big way,” DePell said. “Kalumbi played great defense against their best player, Bignell.”

The Orediggers take on Westminster College at home Saturday.

“It was a nice win,” DePell added. “Now we move on and get prepared for a really Westminster team.”

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