Sophomore center Shay Potter had 16 points and nine rebounds, and the Montana Tech women's basketball team used hot shooting to upset No. 14 Providence, 91-62, in Great Falls on Friday night.

The 6-foot-2 Potter, who is hitting an NAIA-leading 63 percent of her shots this season, was 6 of 9 from the floor.

Hannah Sparks and Mesa Williams added 10 points apiece for the Orediggers (12-7, 2-5 Frontier), who shot 52 percent from the field overall in snapping a three-game losing streak.

All 10 of Williams' points came in the first half, when Tech went 5 of 10 on 3-pointers in surging to a 48-28 lead at the break. Williams and Hailey Crawford hit a pair of treys apiece for the 'Diggers.

Twelve different players scored on the night for Tech, which got 39 points from its bench. The 'Diggers forced 23 turnovers from the hosts, which they turned into 29 points.

Stephanie McDonagh hit her league-leading average with 18 points for the Argos (15-4, 6-2), but the hosts couldn't overcome their turnover issues despite shooting 42 percent from the field and 43 percent from deep.

Montana Tech next travels to Havre for the second of three contests against MSU-Northern this season at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The Orediggers previously beat the Skylights, 71-55, in Butte on Jan. 4.


Providence 70, Tech 62

Sergio Berkley scored 21 points on nearly perfect shooting off the bench, and Providence held off visiting Montana Tech down the stretch.

The Orediggers (9-10, 1-6 Frontier) were tied at halftime, and pulled within 59-56 on Trent Molesworth's putback with just under 3 minutes remaining. But Providence's Dushaun Rice answered with a quick layup, and Tech could get no closer.

Berkley was 6 of 7 from the field for the Argos (9-9, 3-5), including 2 of 3 from deep in just 19 minutes of play.

Rice finished with 16 points for UP, while Jared Schultz added 10.

Chris O'Neill had a game-high 20 points for Tech, which fell despite shooting 56 percent in the second half. The Diggers were hurt by 14 turnovers.


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