Thursday’s Hot Ticket: Diggers at Dawgs

Thursday’s Hot Ticket: Diggers at Dawgs

Women’s college basketball
Montana Tech at Montana Western, 5:30 p.m.

The defending NAIA national champion Bulldogs (19-9, 11-5) look for the season sweep of the Orediggers (14-14, 4-12) as the teams open the final weekend of the regular season.

No. 17 Western enters tied with Carroll College for the Frontier Conference lead. The Bulldogs beat Tech 67-53 Jan. 11 in Dillon and 60-50 Jan. 25 in Butte. Paige Holmes, Gracey Meyer and Brynley Fitzgerald each scored 11 points to lead the Bulldogs last time out.

Celestina Faletoi scored 13, and Mesa Williams scored 11 to lead the Orediggers, who travel to Billings to close the regular season against Rocky Mountain College on Saturday.

Men’s college basketball
Montana Tech at Montana Western, 7:30 p.m.

The Orediggers (16-11, 8-8) enter the final weekend badly in need of wins.

Tech is tied for fourth place in the Frontier with MSU-Northern. That is key because the No. 4 team hosts a playoff game. The No. 5 seed hits the road.

The Orediggers won the first two meetings with the Bulldogs (11-16, 4-12). Tech won 63-58 Jan. 11 in Dillon and 77-66 Jan. 25 in Butte. Taylor England scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Orediggers the last time out against Western. Sindou Diallo and Derris Collins each scored 16 points, and Troy Owens Jr. tossed in 14.

Tanner Haverfield scored 16 to lead the Bulldogs in the last meeting. Max Clark and James Jones each scored 14, and Connor Burkhart tossed in 12.

Tech closes out the season Saturday at Rocky Mountain College. Northern is also on the road for the final two games. The Lights play at Carroll College on Friday before heading to Great Falls to battle the University of Providence on Saturday.



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