Lady Jackets Notch First Road Win
Coach Woodin post game audio
LACEY, WA – The Montana State-Billings Lady Jacket basketball
team picked up their first road win of the 2006 season on
Saturday as they downed the St. Martin’s Saints 84-68. The win
lifts the Jackets to 4-3 overall and drops the Saints to 4-5.
With the win, the Jackets also tally their first consecutive
wins of the year.
Both teams struggled early,
beginning the game with four straight turnovers. The Jackets
regained control and worked their way to a 41-28 lead at the end
of the first half. Sophomores
Alira Carpenter (Lewistown, MT)
Jetton Meadors (Billings, MT) led
MSUB in the early going, combining for 17 of the Yellowjackets'
first half points.
Pulling away by as much as
twenty, the Yellowjackets never looked back and finished the
game having not trailed once during the contest.
Jen Smith (Belgrade, MT) paced
MSUB in the second half, with 11 of her game total and career-high 15 points coming after halftime. Despite issues with
turning the ball over and fouls, MSUB slowly widened
their lead and finished off the Saints with a second straight
The Yellowjackets also made
the most of their second half opportunities and successfully
converted on their transition possessions. The team shot an
impressive 51 percent from the field and cashed in at the line,
making 25-of-32. The Jackets were also very balanced
offensively, with five players reaching double-digits.
“The team is really coming
along,” said head coach Kevin Woodin.
“We are very young, but people are starting to make plays. The
only thing we need to do is make them more consistently. I like
where we are at right now. I think we’re improving mentally and
offensively we are starting to score more, and it’s going to
keep getting better.”
(Gillette, WY) finished with 14
points, 11 rebounds and hit all six of her free throws.
Carpenter and Meadors also ended the contest with 14 points.
Meador’s 4-of-6 shooting was done completely behind the
three-point arc. She also handed out 5
assists and grabbed five
Shantell Marquis’s (Cascade, MT)
12 points and 5 assists were both career bests.
Dani Henderson (Reed Point, MT)
grabbed 11 boards in the game and shot 7-of-8 from the line.
Henderson, who began the game a
perfect 12-12 from the line, converted on her first three
free-throw attempts, but finally missed on her fourth with just
under a minute to go in the first half. The miss was the first
of her collegiate career.
The Saints, a future
conference opponent for MSUB, have dealt with a tough early
schedule which had them at 4-4 before squaring off with the
Yellowjackets. A stingy Jackets defense put an abrupt end to
St. Martin’s 3-game streak of scoring at least 70 points. They
were led by Whitney Golob, who remarkably recorded a
double-double without hitting a field goal. She finished
11-of-12 from the line and brought down a team-high 12
rebounds. Amber Harmon added 11 points and 5 assists for the
The Jackets will be facing the
University of Mary on December 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Alterowitz
Gymnasium before traveling to Honolulu, HI for the annual Hoop’N