(Argo Athletics Release)
GREAT FALLS, Mont. – The No. 23 Argos couldn’t get things going over the opening 20 minutes on Friday evening as they fell to the No. 4-ranked Montana Western Bulldogs, 65-46.
The Argos fall to 17-12 overall and 6-11 in Frontier play, while the Bulldogs improved to 23-3 on the season and 14-3 in conference play.
Kerstyn Pimperton had a night as she was the sole Argo in double-digits, tallying 20 points on the night. Kenedy Cartwright dropped seven points, while Parker Esary tallied six points. Emilee Maldonado led the Argos with six boards and four assists on the evening.
The Bulldogs’ Brianna King dropped a game-high 28 points, in addition to five rebounds, two steals, and two assists. Britt Cooper joined King in double-digits with 11 points for Western, while also adding a game-high eight boards and an assist.
The Bulldogs opened the game on a 10-0 run, but the Argos responded with a layup from Esary and a Maldonado free throw to cut the deficit to seven after the first, 10-3.
The game remained at a 10-point deficit through the next five minutes of the second period, 21-11, however an unanswered eight-point Bulldogs run closed out the first half to put Western up by 18, 29-11.
Western extended their lead to 26, 45-19, over the first seven minutes of the third period. The Argos closed the gap to 23 to head into the final 10 minutes, 47-24.
The Argos would cut things down to 16 with five minutes to play, 53-37, but that was as close as they would get as the Bulldogs would eventually seal the 65-46 victory.