Western women see rally fall short

DILLON — The University of Western women’s basketball team was unable to complete a furious rally in the final minutes of their game against the No. 13 Lewis-Clark State College Warriors as they fell just short, 76-69. Stats

Trailing by 14 points, 70-56, with just 4:30 remaining in the game, the Bulldogs (12-11, 2-9 Frontier) mounted a comeback as they tried to knock-off the Frontier Conference’s top team. The valiant effort was led by a barrage of three-pointers, two from senior McCall Hasquet who finished with 11 points on the night.

A 13-2 run was capped off by a Britt Cooper long-range bomb that cut the Warriors (18-3, 9-1) lead to just 72-69 with 13 seconds remaining, before Caelyn Orlandi finished off the game with four consecutive free-throws as she finished with a game-high 16 points.

Orlandi, who leads the conference in assists, finished with a complete statistical performance as she led the Warriors with six assists, seven rebounds and three steals in the game.

After keeping the 13th ranked Warriors within striking distance after the first two quarters, trailing 41-37, the game got away from them in the third quarter as they were outscored 21-12 in the period and faced a 13 point deficit, they couldn’t fully recover from, heading into the final period.

Molly Klinker just missed out on a double-double for the second straight game as she brought down a game-high 10 rebounds, but was limited to just eight points before fouling out.

The offense was led by junior point guard Aniese Palmore who scored 14 points and dished out a team-high six assists in 35 minutes of action.

Britt Cooper came off the bench to join Palmore with 14 points, she also grabbed six rebounds and finished with five assists in the game as she shot an efficient 5 of 6 from the field.

A poor shooting performance from the field and 15 turnovers played the antithesis to the outstanding rebounding performance and free throw shooting for the Bulldogs.

Montana Western shot just 35 percent (23-66) in the game and 28 percent (7-25) from three-point territory compared to 50 percent (29-57) and 41 percent (7-17) from downtown for LC State.

The Bulldogs held a slight edge on the glass, 40-37, that was aided by 13 offensive rebounds and outshot their opponents from the charity stripe as they finished 16-20 (80 percent) and the Warriors were 11-17 (65 percent).

Brittany Tackett and Hailey Turner joined Orlandi in double-figures as they finished with 13 and 12 respectively. Tackett also grabbed five rebounds.

Junior Megan Risinger also had a solid game for the Warriors as she ended with eight points, five assists and four rebounds.

The Bulldogs will return to action next Saturday, Feb. 6 as they travel to Billings, Mont. to face the Rocky Mountain College Battlin’ Bears at 5:30 p.m.

— Montana Western Sports Information

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