(University of Providence media release)
Providence 82, MSU-Northern 55
GREAT FALLS-- The University of Providence women's basketball team ended the season on a bang, defeating Montana-State Northern 82-55 Saturday night.
Four Argos scored over 17 points, led by Emilee Maldonado, who finished just short of a double-double with 22 points and 9 assists. Bailey Cartwright finished with 20 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks, Jenna Randich had 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists and Parker Esary scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
As a team the Argos had 21 assists while Northern mustered 6. Kenya Lorton led the Skylights with 15 points while Peyton Kehr added 13.
"I thought our girls played well," head coach Bill Himmelberg said. "We moved the ball extremely well tonight."
The game also served as Senior Night for Bailey Cartwright and Jenna Randich.
"I was excited that both of our seniors came out and played a good game tonight." Himmelberg said. "It was a special night for them. Tonight they came out and both played really well and had big games for us. For them, it was a great experience and it was a nice way to wrap up their career."
The Argos will end the season at 18-12 and an even 9-9 in conference. They'll finish 5th in the Frontier Conference. They will open the Frontier Conference Tournament against #4 Rocky Mountain (19-10, 10-8) in Billings on Wednesday, March. 4 at 7 p.m.
"We're peaking and getting better and better every game," Himmelberg said. "We just need to keep growing and progressing. Everybody understands that.We have to go win that first one on the road. It's going to be tough. We like our matchups. We like what's coming. We'll see what we can do."
MSU-Northern 65, Providence 61
The University of Providence men's basketball team fell to Montana State-Northern 65-61 Saturday night in Great Falls.
The Argos shot 3/20 from beyond the arc while the Lights shot 7/17. The Lights also shot 10/12 from the free throw line, while the Argos shot 10/16.
"Obviously we didn't shoot the three very well," head coach Steve Keller said. "They made a play at the end. We didn't shoot it well enough from the free throw line. We had our chances. I think we had the ball two or three times tied and we didn't make a good decision."
During the game, Zaccheus Darko-Kelly broke the all-time single season scoring record of 664, previously held by Marcel Towns of the 2013-2014 season. Darko-Kelly currently has 677 points on the season.
He ended the game with 25 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and 1 block. Jaxen Hashley finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds.
The Argos finish the season at 23-7 and third in the Frontier Conference with an 11-7 record. They'll start the Frontier Conference Tournament on Tuesday with a home game against Montana Western (11-18, 4-14). Tip-off will take place at 7 p.m.