Havre, Mont.- Defending conference player of the week, Dom Robinson (Tacoma, Wash.) set a career high on the Hi-Line with 31 points Friday Night. Leading the Montana Western Bulldogs (23-6, 13-4) to a 76-66 victory over MSU-Northern (20-9, 9-8) at the Armory Gymnasium. (read more)
Frontier Conference Commissioner Kent Paulson has released the 2016 Academic All-Conference teams for Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Volleyball, and Football. (read more)
Dillon, Mont.- The No. 13 Montana Western Bulldogs (22-6, 12-4) had a great night shooting, beating Montana Tech (7-21, 1-16) 78-66 at the Straugh Gymnasium Saturday night. (read more)
Bulldogs Win Big Over Great Falls
The Bulldogs started out hot, hitting their first three shots from downtown and never looked back. The Argos tied to keep things close, cutting the Bulldog lead to two a couple of times. But the Bulldogs wouldn’t allow them to get any closer, and coasted to the big victory.
The Bulldogs hit 11 long distance shots for 44 percent and shot 40 percent from the field for the game. As the Bulldogs got production from nearly everyone.
Aniese Palmore (Santa Moncia, Calif.) and Kaye Bignell (Avon, Mont.) each had 17 points in limited playing time. Cierra Lamey (Wise River, Mont.) scored nine points. And Alexa Welch (Helena, Mont.) scored a career high eight points. Jill Jacobs (Camano Island, Wash.) and Taylor Howlett (Spokane, Wash.) each scored seven. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs will host Rocky Mountain College on Tuesday Feb. 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the first round of the Frontier Conference Playoffs.
Robinson Carries the Bulldogs Past the Lights
The Bulldogs hit their first four shots from beyond the arc, en route to finishing 10-19 from downtown for the game.
Jumping out to a quick lead the Bulldogs held the Lights at arm’s length, taking a nine point lead into the locker room.
The Lights started picking away at the lead to start the second half eventually taking a brief one point lead of their own.
However the Bulldogs would not be upset a second time to the Lights, as they pulled away late thanks to the play of Robinson who made a career high 12 free throws.
Robinson led the way with 31 points and three assists, Shyke Smalls (Great Falls, Mont.) scored 15 and added two more steals. Riley King (Missoula, Mont.) pulled down eight rebounds. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs close out the regular season against Great Falls Saturday night Feb. 25 at the McLaughlin Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
No. 20 Bulldogs fall to No.15 Skylights
The Bulldogs and Skylights battled for most of 40 minutes, but in the end the Skylights escaped with a victory, which secured them a second place finish and a first round bye in the upcoming Frontier Conference Playoffs.
Kaye Bignell (Avon, Mont.) started the game hot, scoring the team’s first eight points, and 14 in the first half. But the Sklights were able to shut her down in the second half.
Trailing by 10 in the second quarter the Bulldogs made a comeback taking a lead in the third quarter and tying the game at 51 late in the fourth. However, turnovers and lack of rebounding prevented the Bulldogs from coming away with the win.
Aniese Palmore (Santa Monica, Calif) scored 17 points, Bignell finished with 14. The Bulldogs shot 49 percent from the field, but only made two shots from beyond the arc. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs will be the three seed in the Frontier Conference Playoffs and will host a playoff game, the opponent is still to be determined.
The Bulldogs will close out their best regular season in 10 years on Saturday Feb. 25 against Great Falls. Tip-off is set for 5:30 at the McLaughlin Center.
52 Bulldog Student Athletes Named to Academic All-Conference Teams
Montana Western has 52 student athletes named on their respective teams. Three for men’s cross country, four for women’s cross country, 10 for volleyball and 35 for football.
"We are extremely proud of these athletes that have committed to excellence not only on the field and court but in the classroom as well. Our scholar-athletes have demonstrated their ability to balance the complexities of college life with intercollegiate athletics and we are very proud of this accomplishment!" stated Director of Athletics Russ Richardson.
To be eligible for the team, the student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in standing, maintain a 3.0 GPA and be enrolled at school the previous two semesters
Men’s Cross Country
Name Hometown Yr. Major
Paul Bielawski Shelby, Mont. So. Elementary Education
Russell Kujala Plains, Mont. So. Health & Human Performance
Tanner Lehr Hamilton, Mont. So. Health & Human Performance
Women’s Cross Country
Name Hometown Yr. Major
Gabriela Gomez-Wint Spokane, Wash. Sr. Interdisciplinary Social Science
Beth Jansma Bozeman, Mont. So. Health & Human Performance
Malinda Kaufman Alta, Wyo. So. Interdisciplinary Social Science
Amanda Stobie Marion, Mont. Jr. Elementary Education
Name Hometown Yr. Major
Sierra Cahill Huntley, Mont. So. Biology
Brianna DeCock Huntley, Mont. Sr. Health & Physical Education (K-12)
Brittany Erickson Missoula, Mont. Sr. Environmental Science
Jami Flink Missoula, Mont. Sr. Business Administration
Callie Hanson Spokane, Wash. Sr. Psychology
Kylie McCree Belgrade, Mont. So. Elementary Education
Tessa Miller Manhattan, Mont. Jr. English
Kyra Palmer Kimberly, Idaho So. Early Childhood Education
Kyla Paulsen Stevensville, Mont. Sr. Elementary Education
Bailey Wilson Burley, Idaho Sr. Business Administration
Michael Bennett Seattle, Wash. Sr. Business Administration
Taft Benson Libby, Mont. Sr. Health & Human Performance
Beau Brekke Salmon, Idaho Sr. Health & Human Performance
Connor Butterfield Pocatello, Idaho Jr. Health & Human Performance
Tristen Clark Deer Lodge, Mont. Jr. Elementary Education
Nolan Donisthorpe Great Falls, Mont. So. Business Administration
Brandon Ferguson Boise, Idaho So. Health & Human Performance
Jason Ferris Dillon, Mont. So. Natural Horsemanship
J.D. Ferris Dillon, Mont. So. Mathematics
Shayden Flint Puyallup, Wash. Sr. Health & Human Performance
Connor Greth Minden, Nev. Sr. Environmental Interpretation
Donovan Hucke Dillon, Mont. Jr. Secondary Education/Modern History
Zachery Janis Yakima, Wash. Jr. Health & Physical Education
Kessler Leonard Great Falls, Mont. So. Health & Human Performance
Jacob Malek Highwood, Mont. So. Natural Horsemanship
Riley Martello Bozeman, Mont. Sr. Health & Human Performance
Seth Mason Helena, Mont. Sr. Secondary Education/Mathematics
Jacob McElroy Missoula, Mont. Sr. Elementary Education
Connor McKillop Missoula, Mont. So. Health & Human Performance
Walker McKitrick Ennis, Mont. So. Elementary Education
Hunter Mullin Otis Orchards, Wash. So. Interdisciplinary Social Science
John Munger Meridian, Idaho Sr. Health & Human Performance
Tyler Murray Hamilton, Mont. Sr. Health & Human Performance (K-12)
Sonny Oana Kaneohe, Hawaii Jr. Visual Arts
Mitch Pelroy Coupeville, Wash. Sr. Health & Human Performance
Tyrell Penner Salmon, Idaho Sr. Health & Human Performance
Dakota Pineda Idaho Falls, Idaho Sr. Business Administration
Skylar Roope Helena, Mont. Sr. Business Administration
Mark Simkins Dillon, Mont. Jr. Secondary Education/Modern History
Logan Sluggett Winnett, Mont. So. Business Administration
Cody Stone-Murphy Laurel, Mont. Sr. General Studies-Science
Charlie Switzer Richey, Mont. Sr. Biology
Hunter Thompson Great Falls, Mont. Sr. Health & Physical Education (K-12)
Austin Urlacher Pasco, Wash. So. Business Administration
Eric Weaver Great Falls, Mont. So. Visual Arts
Dom Robinson Named Player of the WeekRobinson is a 5-foot-8 junior guard from Tacoma, Wash. No. 13 Montana Western won two games over the weekend. The Bulldogs downed (RV) LewisClark State 95-66 and Montana Tech 78-66. Robinson averaged 20 points and 4.5 assists. He was 13 of 22 (59 percent) from the field including 6 of 12, 3-point field goals; and a perfect 8 of 8 from the free throw line.
This is the second time he has been named player of the week this season.
Also nominated and listed in alphabetical order: Tyler Chandler of MSUNorthern, Zach Hinton of Rocky Mountain College, Ryan Imhoff of Carroll College, Zavon Jackson of Lewis-Clark State and Chris O’Neill of Montana Tech.
Mindy Kaufman Named Runner of the Week
Kaufman, a sophomore from Alta, Wyo., despite battling sickness for the last couple of weeks and only having limited training, she took second place in the 5,000 meter with a school record time of 19:46.74 at the Bobcat Open in Bozeman, Mont.
Also nominated: Bailey Bard of Rocky Mountain College.
Robinson Leads Bulldogs to Win and Season Sweep of Tech
Dom Robinson (Tacoma, Wash.) hit his first five shots, four from downtown, and finished 7-11 from the field for 21 points to lead the Bulldogs to a victory and sweep of Montana Tech. (Box Score)
The Bulldogs built an early lead and looked to make quick work of the Orediggers. But Tech wasn’t going to roll over, as they shot 49 percent for the field, and made the Bulldogs work for the win.
Kooper Kidgell (Billings, Mont.) and Shyke Smalls (Great Falls, Mont.) 14 and 13 points respectively helped round out the Bulldog scoring attack, as the Bulldogs as a team shot 54 percent from the field.
Zaccheus Darko-Kelly was productive off the bench, scoring 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and a block.
The Bulldogs will travel to Havre, Mont. on Feb. 24 to take on the MSU-Northern Lights. Tip-off is set for 8:00 P.M.
Seniors Lead Bulldogs to Victory Over Tech
On senior night, The Bulldogs were lead to victory by the play of their seniors. Kaye Bignell (Avon, Mont.) scored 21 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals. Aniese Palmore (Sanata Monica, Calif.) scored 19 and had seven rebounds. And Taylor Howlett (Spokane, Wash.) scored nine points including two clutch baskets late in the fourth quarter. (Box Score)
Early on the Bulldogs and Orediggers played a very close game, as both teams were trading baskets and shooting 43 percent in the first half. After Palmore hit a three-pointer at the first quarter buzzer to give the Bulldogs a six point lead, The Orediggers, aided by missed Bulldog free-throws, were able to turn things around and take an eight point advantage into the locker room.
The Bulldogs tightened down defensively and outscored the Orediggers in both the third and fourth quarters, pulling away late to seal the win and take the season series two games to one.
The Bulldogs will travel to Havre, Mont. on Feb. 24 to take on the MSU-Northern Skylights, in a battle for second place in the conference. Tip-off is set for 6:00 P.M.
Bulldogs Get Statement Win over Lewis-Clark
In a tale of two halves, the Bulldogs pulled away in the second half, and trampled the Warriors.
The Bulldogs were able to build a couple of double digit leads in a chippy first half. But the Warriors kept bringing it back to a single possession game, as they shot 44 percent in the half. The Bulldogs managed to take a nine point lead heading into halftime.
The Warriors had no answer for the Bulldogs in the second half. As the Bulldogs shot 63 percent from the field, while the Warriors went cold in the second, shooting just 28 percent as the Bulldogs stormed away with a 29 point victory.
The Bulldogs got great games from Shyke Smalls (Great Falls, Mont) who had 22 points four rebounds and two steals. Kooper Kidgell (Billings, Mont.) 21 points and four assists and three rebounds. Dom Robinson (Tacoma, Wash.) 19 points, four assists, and Zaccheus Darko-Kelly (Missoula, Mont.) 15 points, three rebounds, and 2 assists. (Box Score)
The Bulldog close out the home portion of their schedule Saturday night Feb. 18 against Montana Tech Tip-off is set for 7:30 P.M.
Two seniors, Chase Haack and Shyke Smalls, will be recognized in a special senior night ceremony following the game.
· Head Coach Steve Keller won his 200th Career game with the Bulldogs.
· Shyke Smalls added two more steals and continues to lead the nation with 67.
· Casey Ryter (Hamilton, Mont.) and Sage Fadness (Boulder, Mont.) scored their first career collegiate points.
· A crazy sequence of events late in the first half resulted in three technical fouls being called. Dom Robinson dove for a loose ball, and in the process tripped Ty Higbie, who fell to the ground. Higbie’s fall caused Shyke Smalls to fall and as Smalls was trying to get up, Higbie started to shove smalls. Higbie was called for a technical as the teams gathered together and stated to talk and yell, and push. Smalls was then given a technical foul for talking back to Higbie. In the scrum and all the talk Doug McDaniel was hit with a technical for touching an official.
· Late in the second half, Kooper Kidgell had a fast break dunk taken away. After the dunk, and as the ball was falling through the net, Kidgell let go of the rim, causing the ball to bounce back out of the rim. The ball was clearly through the cylinder, however after a lengthy discussion, the officials waived off the basket. In the end it didn’t matter as Shyke Smalls grabbed the rebound and was fouled, and he made both free throw attempts.
Bulldogs fall to No.4 Warriors, 77-56
The Bulldogs played a close first quarter, matching shots and playing tough defensively, trailing only by three heading into the second.
But it was a close as they would get, as they couldn’t keep up with the Warriors, who shot 57 percent in the half and 48 percent for the game.
The Warriors played a tough in your face style of zone defense that the Bulldogs couldn’t crack. Unable to set up their offense, the Bulldogs were not able to keep pace with the high flying Warriors. The shots the Bulldogs were able to take, wouldn’t fall, while the Warriors on the other hand, knocked down shot after shot to put the game away and cruise to a 20 point victory.
The Bulldogs got no help in scoring from the bench, as only the starters ended up in the scoring column. The Bulldogs were led by seniors Kaye Bignell (Avon, Mont.) and Aniese Palmore (Santa Monica, Calif.) with 16 points apiece. Cierra Lamey (Wise River, Mont.) scored 10 and Britt Cooper (Harrison, Mont.) scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds. (Box Score)
The Bulldog close out the home portion of their schedule Saturday night Feb. 18 against Montana Tech Tip-off is set for 5:30 P.M.
Four seniors, Kaye Bignell, Taylor Howlett, Molly Klinker, and Aniese Palmore, will be recognized in a special senior night ceremony following the game.