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Brynley Fitzgerald scores 23, Montana Western cruises past Montana Tech for doubleheader split

Brynley Fitzgerald
Posted at 7:05 PM, Dec 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 00:15:39-05

DILLON  — Brynley Fitgerald scored a team-high 23 points and Paige Holmes nearly had a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds as the Montana Western women rolled past Montana Tech 82-67 on Sunday afternoon at Straugh Gymnasium.

With the win, Western split a weekend Frontier Conference doubleheader with Tech. The Orediggers defeated the Bulldogs 69-57 on Saturday.

"I was really happy with our execution on the offensive end (Saturday) versus (Friday) night and I thought the defensive effort was pretty solid," said Western coach Lindsay Woolley. "I thought we were a little more patient."

Western (3-1 overall, 1-1 Frontier Conference) led from start to finish in this one, and five total Bulldogs eclipsed the double-digit mark. Jenni Weber had 16 points, Shainy Mack scored 12 and Lilly Gopher added 10.

Fitgerald, a junior and Dillon graduate, was seemingly everywhere for the Bulldogs, adding a game-high five steals, hitting four 3-pointers and hauling in six rebounds.

Tech (1-1, 1-1) was led by a game-high 26-point outburst from Mollie Peoples. The senior drilled eight 3-pointers, giving her 13 triples between the two games. Tavia Rooney added 13 points to go along with eight rebounds and Brooke Heggie had 10 points.

The Orediggers now return home where they are scheduled to host Carroll College on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the HPER Complex. Western is on a hiatus through the rest of 2020 and is set to return to action with a doubleheader at Rocky Mountain College on Jan. 4 and 5.

"Hopefully everybody tries to do their best to stay away from people so when we get back everything goes as we'd like it to." said Woolley. "A little bit of rest is good."