GREAT FALLS, Mont. – The University of Great Falls women's basketball team knocked off some rust from a two-week layoff to pull away from Valley City State (N.D.) 70-60 here Saturday in a non conference game at the McLaughlin Center.
The Lady Argos (10-0) were seeing their first action since topping Dakota Wesleyan 13 days ago.
“I didn't really think we came out ready to play,” UGF coach Bill Himmelberg said. “At times the girls weren't executing the things we talk about. Hopefully we can get our heads on straight and be ready to go against Montana State next week.”
Erin Legel scored 15 of her game-high 22 points in the second half, and added six rebounds and six assists for the Lady Argos. Lindsey Abramson had 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Stephanie McDonagh scored 12 and Nneka Nnadi had 10 points and five boards.
“We had too many scoring droughts,” Himmelberg said. “We didn't put the ball in the basket the way we're capable of. We're going to have to do a good job. That's a good team we played tonight. They defend well and they shot well.”
UGF was knotted 26-26 at the break with the Vikings. The Lady Argos built a nine-point lead in the second half, before VCS made four straight free throws thanks to a double bonus and a technical foul.
That was as close as the game got as the Lady Argos pulled away for the 10-point win.
“We need to do a better job of having other girls step up and rebound,” Himmelberg said. “We had some timely ones at the end when we needed to have that happen.”
Darah Huertas-Vining, UGF's third-leading scorer, had six points to go along with four assists before fouling out. Strong efforts from Nnadi, Legel and McDonagh helped keep the Lady Argos unbeaten.
“The other girls stepped up, and that's kind of been our theme,” Himmelberg said. “Whenever we need it someone steps up and does something. We had some big baskets at the end, and Erin can carry us. That's kind of what happened tonight.”
UGF heads to Bozeman Thursday for a non conference game against Division I Montana State of the Big Sky Conference. That game tips off at 7 p.m. at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.