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Athletic Department and Women’s Basketball Rallying Together To Support One Of Their Own

Updated: Jan 5, 2023

The Montana Western Athletic Department announced early Wednesday that it will be donating all gate proceeds from Thursday's home basketball games against the University of Providence to former UMW women's basketball player Paige Paffhausen (Holmes).



Paige's Story

Paige was a member of the 2019 NAIA National Championship women's basketball team. She was named Frontier Conference Defensive Player of the Year twice and finished with 864 career points. She is tied for third all-time in the UMW record books with 185 career steals.


Paige and her husband Mick delivered a beautiful and healthy baby girl named Parker on December 15 via c-section with no major complications. A few days later, Paige developed an infection near her incision and things took a turn for the worse as the infection had started to spread.


Doctors recommended surgery to clean and rinse the infection, though they wanted her transferred to a higher level of care for surgery. Unfortunately, they were not able to get Paige out of Dillon that night due to weather. By this point, Paige spiked a fever and they recommended surgery immediately. After surgery, Paige and Mick were able to be life flighted to Salt Lake City where she quickly underwent another surgery and was admitted to the ICU.



Due to the significance of her wounds, Paige has been transferred from the ICU to the burn unit so that they can assist in management. Paige and her family will be in Salt Lake City for at least four to six weeks where she will likely undergo several more surgeries and start the skin grafting process.


Once a Bulldog always a Bulldog and the UMW athletic department and the women's basketball team are coming together to support one of their own. We invite all Bulldog fans and community members to come cheer on the Bulldogs and support Paige and her family.


Other Ways to Support

To follow Paige's journey to recovery, click here.

Donations can be made directly to the family via Venmo to @mick-paffhausen. An account is also setup at Pioneer Federal Savings in Dillon, Mt.





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