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Skylights Sink Bulldogs In Havre

Lindsey Branch, UMW Sports Information Photo Credit Terri Haverfield

HAVRE, Mont. – The Montana Western women's basketball team (11-9, 3-4) lost a road game this afternoon with the MSU-Northern Skylights (10-10, 4-3) by a final score of 69-51.


Today's loss marks the first loss to the Skylights since 2020-21 season when the Bulldogs lost by two points on the road.



How It Happened

The Bulldogs got out to a fast start, taking a 12-5 lead early in the game. Northern answered and mirrored Western in scoring through the final minutes of the first quarter and the Bulldogs held a 17-15 lead heading into the second frame.


Despite a promising start following a three-pointer from Jordan Sweeney, the Bulldogs sunk into the background as the Skylights raced on to outscore the Bulldogs 18-9 in the second quarter.


Following the half break, Western's offense began to click. Kyla Momberg made a layup that kicked off a run that saw the Bulldogs bring the score back to a two-point deficit with 4:17 left in the third.


MSU-Northern continued to fight back, going 8-10 from the field in a 18-2 scoring run that took them into the fourth quarter up 57-40 with 7:18 to go.


A triple from Shainy Mack paired with a bucket on a successful drive to the hoop from Isabella Lund gave Western hope with just under seven minutes to play. Despite the spark, the Skylights outscored the Bulldog women 11-6 in the final minutes and capped the game out on top 69-51.



Notables

  • In what mirrored last game against Carroll, the Bulldogs fell behind in the second quarter today and the Skylights outscored Western 18-9 in the quarter.

  • Western's season-low of 30.0 percent from the field was the lowest team shooting percentage since last season's trip to Havre to play the Skylights on Jan. 26.

  • MSU-Northern outshot the Bulldogs 57.7 percent to 30 percent from the field.

  • Mack led the Bulldogs with 14 points behind four threes. She added two steals and four rebounds.

  • Sweeney and Joelnell Momberg added 11 points each. Sweeney also totaled six rebounds and six assists. Momberg added three rebounds.

Up Next

Montana Western moves to 3-4 in conference play and will be returning to the Straugh Gymnasium this Thursday for a game against No. 16 University of Providence. Tip-off is at 5:30pm MT.



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