Sierra Bignell hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 1 second remaining, and the No. 12 Montana Western women's basketball team beat No. 11 Westmont (Calif.), 49-46, on the road on Friday night.

The Bulldogs (9-3, 1-1 Frontier) let a five-point lead slip away in the final three minutes before Bignell's winner broke a lengthy offensive dry spell for the visitors.

Bignell, a senior forward, hit her only two shot attempts — both from downtown — to finish with six points in just six minutes of playing time.

Dillon native Cierra Lamey led Western with 12 points and five rebounds, while Brianna King added 10 points, four assists and three steals.

Maud Ranger had a game-high 18 points for Westmont, but was the only scorer to reach double figures for the Warriors (6-4).

The Bulldogs will have a two-week Christmas break before returning to action at Bethesda (Calif.) on Dec. 29.


Montana Tech 120, Salish Kootenai 71

PABLO — The Montana Tech men's basketball team shot 64 percent from the field to outgun hosting Salish Kootenai College, 120-71, in nonconference action on Friday afternoon.

The win snapped a two-game skid for the Orediggers (6-5, 0-2 Frontier), who were 15 of 34 from behind the 3-point line on the day.

Sophomore guard Jake Miles led Tech with 22 points, going 6 of 9 from deep while adding four rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals.

Iman Chatman notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the 'Diggers, while Derrius Collings and John Chapman added 15 and 14 points, respectively.

Senior Chris O’Neill had nine points and 10 assists.

Montana Tech returns to Kelvin Sampson Court to host Concordia University of Edmonton on Dec. 27.


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