January 19, 2008
Lady Jackets Extend Winning Streak
SEATTLE, Wash. – The Montana Billings
women’s basketball team used a strong second half to defeat
Seattle University 75-66 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference
action Saturday night in Seattle. The Lady Jackets, now 7-7
overall, extend their winning streak to four games to stand at
4-1 in league play. The Redhawks are 12-2 overall and 3-2 in
Trailing by six to open the contest, the
Lady Jackets’ Dani Henderson (Reed Point) evened the score at eight apiece
following a jumper at the 15:52 mark. A three-pointer by Kayla McPherson (Glendive) opened up a thee-point
Yellowjacket lead midway through the half, but a spirited
Seattle battled to trade the lead several times with MSUB. With
11 ticks on the clock the Redhawks’ Quinn Brewe netted one of a
pair of free throws to give Seattle the 37-36 lead heading into
the locker room.
A pair of free throws by Alira Carpenter (Lewistown) and a jumper by Shantell Marquis (Cascade) to open the second half put the
Lady Jackets ahead by three. At the 14:37 mark Seattle knotted
the game at 46 apiece on a 3-pointer by Chelsie Morrison. Held
in a stalemate neither team scored for nearly two minutes until
the Jackets’ Carpenter ignited a spark that would turn into a
28-16 run, clinching the important conference road win.
Carpenter led all scorers netting 20 points
off 5-of-11 shooting from the floor. Connecting on 2-of-4 from
long range, Carpenter was an effective 8-of-10 from the charity
stripe. McPherson chipped in 16 points, while Marquis added 13
points and seven rebounds. Jen
Smith (Belgrade) also grabbed seven boards in the game.
The Lady Jackets were 29-of-36 from the
free throw line for 81 percent. Connecting on 21-of-27 from the
floor and 4-of-8 from the perimeter, the Jackets shot over 45
percent from both ranges. The team outrebounded Seattle
Jackie Thomas netted 17 points for the
Redhawks, while Brewe was the only other player from Seattle to
net double figures with 11 points. Brewe had seven rebounds in
The Lady Yellowjackets travel back to the
Evergreen State for a single game against GNAC league-leader No.
4-ranked Seattle Pacific (14-0, 5-0) on Thursday, January 24,
before heading to Nampa, Idaho for a conference counter against
Northwest Nazarene (10-4, 3-2) on Saturday, January 26.