BUTTE – In another chapter of the rivalry between the Montana Tech Orediggers and the Montana Western Bulldogs, Tuesday’s games came to a split on the basketball court.
The women took the court first, and this one was really decided within the first quarter. Mesa Williams and Dani Urick provided some occasional spark for the Diggers, but the Bulldogs dominated in every aspect on the court. They out-shot Tech from the field, 48 percent to 32, from beyond the arc, 53 percent to 7, and in total rebounds, 43-29. Western’s Brianna King dropped a season-high 30 points in the win, going 11 of 22 from the field and 3 of 7 from downtown, helping the Bulldogs cruise to a 76-45 win.
The men’s game was much closer. Going into half, Tech held a small four-point lead, but the Orediggers came out of the half in full control, building a near 20-point lead with great play from Taylor England and Nate Ward. The Bulldogs had no offensive answer for the first 10 minutes of the second half due to Tech’s defensive efforts. Tech would on for the 71-60 win.