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Frontier Basketball Scores & Highlights, Saturday 10/18

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UGF Men improve to 4-0

The University of Great Falls men's basketball team defeated visiting Lethbridge 87-65 Saturday at the McLaughlin Center to improve to 4-0 on the season.

With dozens of former UGF men's basketball players on hand for the “Blast from the Past” alumni weekend, the current Argos opened up a 45-23 lead at the break and cruised to their fourth nonconference victory in as many outings this season.

“Lethbridge has some athletes and some shooters,” UGF coach Anthony Owens said. “Our guys had to come out and be ready to play, and I think from the tip we were.”

Marcus Hurn scored a game-high 19 points, and Dalton Groenewold came off the bench to score 17 as Lethbridge never threatened. Steven Daho added 14 points and 11 rebounds.

The Argos were able to exploit Lethbridge's zone defense with impressive 3-point shooting. Hurn made five 3-pointers and Groenewold added five more treys as the Argos were 13 of 24 from beyond the arc.

“Coach told me to sit in the corner and shoot the corner 3-pointer,” Groenewold said. “We really did that by making the extra pass tonight.”

Said Owens: “I know a lot of people are going to play zone against us. We don't even have our zone offense in. I think any offense – man or zone – if we get the ball moved like we should, we'll be able to make shots.”

The Argos got solid play from other members of their bench as well. Sergio Berkley grabbed six boards as UGF out-rebounded Lethbridge 47-29.

“You gotta have confidence in your players,” Owens said. “If you do then your team will come together a little bit more. I have to reach down my bench and these guys know that any given night they might have to step up.”

The Argos return to action Friday on the road against the same Lethbridge team.

Legel Tops 1,000 as Lady Argos Win

On a night when the University of Great Falls honored its men's basketball history, women's star Erin Legel created some history of her own.

The junior guard eclipsed 1,000 career points in a 37-point effort as the Lady Argonauts defeated Warner Pacific 83-71 in front of an alumni-filled crowd at the McLaughlin Center Saturday.

“It's not really something I really worked toward,” Legel said. “It just came with winning the games, and my teammates are a big part of it. They're the ones who get me the ball.”

Legel reached the threshold on a drive to the hoop with five minutes to play in the first half. Her historic bucket came in front of dozens of former UGF players who were on hand for the “Blast from the Past” men's basketball alumni weekend.

“I kind of figured it out once everyone was clapping, because I didn't hear the announcement,” Legel said. “It felt good. It is a good accomplishment.”

Legel became the fifth Lady Argo to reach 1,000 points. The list includes current teammate Lindsey Abramson, who notched a 13-point, 14-rebound effort of her own Saturday.

“We shot the ball really well tonight,” UGF coach Bill Himmelberg said. “Erin was big tonight. Darah (Huertas-Vining) hit a couple of big shots. Lindsey overall had a really good scoring game.”

The Lady Argos led by as many as 24 in the first half before heading to the intermission with a 44-29 advantage.

But Warner Pacific clawed back and cut the lead to 68-62 with five minutes to play.

Then Abramson and Mary Wilmore hit back-to-back 3-pointers to push the advantage to back to double digits and the Lady Argos closed out the victory to improve to 2-0.

“They're a good shooting team,” Himmelberg said of Warner Pacific. “You're not going to be able to hold them the whole time, but I would have liked to see us play better defense.”

Stephanie McDonagh scored 16 points and Huertas-Vining added a dozen for UGF. The Lady Argonauts connected on 12 of 22 3-point attempts.

“We can score the basketball – we've never had a problem with that,” Himmelberg said with a chuckle.

Jordan Wilcox scored 18 points to pace Warner Pacific. Jenessa Bodine added 11 and Lindsay Loe chipped in 10 for the Knights of the Portland, Oregon, school which competes in the NAIA Cascade Conference.

“We were better (defensively) than (Friday) night,” Himmelberg said. “We did a lot of things better. This is a much tougher team. They run their offense well. But they got 15 offensive boards and that's way too many.”

The Lady Argos conclude their three-game season-opening homestand Sunday at 2 against Mount Royal.

Lewis-Clark State Volleyball Tops Lady Argos in Four

The University of Great Falls volleyball team has been hot of late.

But Lewis-Clark State cooled off the Lady Argonauts 3-1 Saturday in Frontier Conference action at the McLaughlin Center.

The Lady Argos (5-4 Frontier, 14-9 overall) saw their four-game conference winning streak snapped as LCSC completed the season sweep. The Warriors beat the Lady Argos in five sets during September.

“I think we ran into a really good team,” UGF coach Arunas Duda said. “It was a good matchup and they played just a little bit better than we did.”

LCSC took the opening set 25-19 before UGF countered with a 25-20 win in the second set.

The Warriors closed out the match with a pair of tightly contested sets, winning 26-24 and 25-23.

“We're two competitive, evenly matched teams,” Duda said. “Tonight they took advantage of those opportunities and they were able to finish in two tight sets where we couldn't.”

Desiree Nielsen had 13 kills and four blocks to lead LCSC. Treneisha Doyle added nine kills, while Chelsea Strong and JaLisa Jose each had seven. Robyn Schirmer had 29 assists and Russia Robinson recorded 18 digs.

“I felt like both teams played really well tonight – not very consistently – but very well,” Duda said. “We both had our opportunities and unfortunately for us they took advantage of them, and we let a few slip away.”

Madison Wilhelm had 12 kills and Alyssa McEwan chipped in 11 for the Lady Argos. Gabby Bienkowski had nine kills, and Jacey Habets recorded 19 digs. Dani Norling had 31 assists, while Courtney Godfrey added 10.

“We could have made a few different choices, but you can't second-guess their effort,” Duda said. “They played hard tonight.”

The Lady Argos return to action Thursday at Carroll College. The match begins at 7.

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