Western men roll to win, women struggle

Western men roll to win, women struggle

DILLON — Montana Western and The University of Providence split a men’s-women’s basketball doubleheader Thursday at the Straugh Gymnasium.

The cold-shooting Bulldog women lost their third straight game, falling 53-39 in the opener. Western’s men picked up a 100-87 victory in the nightcap.

Dom Robinson poured in 29 points, and Kooper Kidgell score 27 to lead the No. 16 Western men, who improved to 3-2 in conference and 13-3 overall.

Kidgell was a perfect 10 for 10 from the field. That includes a 4-for-4 performance from behind the free throw line.

Zaccheus Darko-Kelly added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Bulldogs. Brandon Jones scored 15.

DuShaun Rice’s 20 points led five Argonauts in double figures.

Parker Esary scored 15 points to lead the Providence women. Stephanie McDonagh added 12 points and seven rebounds, while Tristan Murphy poured in 11 points.

Emilee Maldonado scored seven points to go along with nine rebounds.

No Western players reached double digits scoring as the Bulldogs fell to 1-4 and 11-6.

Brianna King’s nine points led the way. Britt Cooper and Ciera Lamey each scored seven points. Cooper pulled down seven rebounds, but the Bulldogs lost the battle of the boards 41-29.

The Bulldogs are back at home Saturday when they take on MSU-Northern.

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