BILLINGS – NAIA National Player of the Year Brianna King scored 27 points and Britt Cooper added 17 points and 12 rebounds as Montana Western beat Lyon University 70-58 Friday in the second round of the NAIA Women’s Basketball Championships at Rimrock Auto Arena.
Lyon gave the No. 1 seed Bulldogs all they could handle in the first half. UM-Western led just 33-32 at the break, but outscored the Scots 23-13 in the third to take control. Western extended the lad to 15 in the fourth before cruising to the win.
“They’re so deliberate offensively. They just make you guard,” said Bulldogs head coach Lindsey Woolley. “We just kept telling them you have to stick with it. I didn’t think we moved the ball very well in the first halff offensively, and I thought we did a better job of getting it to move side to side in the second half.”
King was 10-22 from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line, but did committ five turnovers. Western as a team turned it over 18 times compared to 16 for Lyon, but the Bulldogs made eight more free throws.
Samantha French and Madison Riley led Lyon with 14 pointa each.
UM-Western will play No. 2 seed The Master’s University in Saturday’s 4:00 p.m. quarterfinal.