DILLON – For Montana Western head women’s basketball coach Lindsay Woolley, there was probably no better early Christmas present than to watch his Bulldogs go 3-0 in the Cactus Classic while taking down the 12th-ranked team in the nation, Our Lady of the Lake, and 14th-ranked Menlo College to improve to 9-0 on the year. Those games even offered valuable experience against teams who they could meet down the road in the national tournament.
“Those were some big wins for us, obviously, and they were really fun games playing some good competition, and we played Menlo in the national tournament last year,” senior guard Brianna King said. “We got to see them again and they’re a really solid team, so they were really fun games.”
“The thing I liked the most about it, is getting to play teams with different styles. I think as you progress throughout your season, your team has to be able to find ways to win games in different ways,” Woolley said.
But if there’s one thing the Bulldogs can always count on to help them win games, it’s King. In the Cactus Classic, King was the tournament leader in points with 77, assists with 15 and steals with 10. It was that stellar performance that would earn King her second Frontier Conference player of the week award this season.
“She’s kind of our catalyst,” Woolley said. “She gets into a rhythm offensively and starts creating things on the defensive end. And she played really well, really, all three games down in Arizona.”
“It’s cool. I don’t think about it obviously going into games, that’s not really where my mindset is, but it’s cool to get that recognition,” said a humble King.
Montana Western heads to Billings for the Green and Gold Classic this weekend where it will put that undefeated record on the line against Dickinson State and The King’s University at Rocky Mountain College.