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Montana Tech basketball picks up back to back wins Friday Night

Montana Tech basketball
Posted at 10:51 PM, Nov 01, 2019

BUTTE — (Editors note: Montana Tech athletics release)

The Montana Tech women's basketball earned a big victory on Friday night defeating Cal Maritime 71-42 on Kelvin Sampson Court.

The Orediggers (3-1) jumped out to a 24-11 advantage at the end of the first quarter and lead 41-20 at the half. The Orediggers shot 53.3% in the first quarter and finished the contest shooting 34.4% from the field and 50.0% from three point territory.

The Diggers received a game-high 20 points from Mesa Williams who was 5-for-6 from downtown on the night. Mollie peoples chipped in 15 while Kaylee Zard led the Diggers with 14 rebounds.

The Keelhaulers were led in scoring by Apollonia Ilalio who had 13 points.

The Orediggers return to action on Friday November 8th when they take on Corban University in Kirkland, Wash. at 2 p.m.


The Orediggers of Montana Tech used a big second half to defeat Eastern Oregon University 91-78 on Kelvin Sampson Court in the Tip Off Tournament.

Montana Tech (2-1) outscored the Mountaineers 53-41 in the second half to take control of the contest. The Orediggers led 38-37 at the half after shooting 36.8% from the floor. In the second half, Montana Tech shot 60% from the field.

Montana Tech's offense was balanced with five players scoring in double figures led by the trio of Taylor England (15), Sindou Diallo (15), and Dylan Pannabecker (15). Christian Jones scored 13 points including a 4-for-6 performance from three while Troy Owens Jr. chipped in 12. Nate Ward and Cody Baumstarck each scored eight and Derrius Collins added five. England led the Diggers with nine rebounds.

Landon Jones led the way for Eastern Oregon with 22 points.

The Diggers finish up the Montana Tech Tip Off Classic at 7 p.m. on Saturday night when they play Southern Oregon University.