(Editor’s note: Montana Tech media release)
LEWISTON, Idaho — The Lewis-Clark State men’s and women’s basketball teams opened the Frontier Conference season with a sweep of Montana Tech. L-C State’s men, ranked 17th in the NAIA, pulled away for a 60-42 win, while the L-C State women scored an 82-58 win.
No. 17 Lewis-Clark State men 60, Montana Tech 42
The Oredigger men couldn’t find their shot falling to No. 17 Lewis-Clark State 60-42.
Montana Tech (8-3, 0-1) shot just 27.5 percent from the field and hit 3 of 14 from beyond the arc.
The Warriors did not post great numbers either shooting 35.1 percent from the field and going 4 for 17 from long. Lewis-Clark outrebounded Tech 51-30.
Taylor England led the Orediggers with a game-high 14 points but shot just 3 of 12 from the field and hit 8 of 11 from the free throw line.
Nate Ward finished with 8 points, 3 rebounds and a pair of assists.
Derrick White led the Warriors with 11 points and 3 rebounds.
David Shedrick and Cordel Hankerson combined for 21 rebounds.
Montana Tech opens the home conference slate on Tuesday when they host Montana Western.
Lewis-Clark State women 82, Montana Tech 58
Montana Tech women’s basketball opened the Frontier Conference season with a loss as Lewis-Clark State ran away in the second half 82-58.
The Orediggers (8-2, 0-1) came back from a slow start in the first frame trailing just 38-36 at the break. The Warriors turned on the after burners outscoring the Orediggers 44-22 in the second half.
Lewis-Clark was unstoppable in the paint outscoring Tech 44-26 and winning the battle of the boards 42-29.
While both squads struggled with the deep ball, Tech shot just 34.5 percent from the field while Lewis-Clark finished with a 48.3 field goal percentage.
The Orediggers committed 23 turnovers and the Warriors took advantage with 24 points.
Freshman Dani Urick was the only Digger to reach double-digit scoring with 16 points. Urick hit 5 of 10 from the field and 7 for 7 from the line, but just 1 of 4 from three point range.
Mesa Williams had 9 points but was 4 of 14 from the field. Williams also had 5 rebounds.
Celestina Faletoi had 8 points and 4 rebounds.
Kaylee Zard and Shay Potter were held to 4 points each and combined for 11 rebounds.
Abbie Johnson led the Warriors with 21 points and 7 rebounds.
Montana Tech returns home next Tuesday when they host Montana Western.