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UGF Women's Rally Falls Short, Men Roll

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No. 4 Westminster holds off No. 22 UGF's late rally

It has already been an historic week for the No. 22 University of Great Falls women's basketball team, which found its way into the rankings for the first time in program history.

The Lady Argos even led late in Friday's contest against No. 4 Westminster, but the Griffins held UGF scoreless for the final two minutes, 14 seconds to top the Lady Argos 53-49 in Frontier Conference action at the McLaughlin Center.

The Lady Argos fell to 3-2 in conference play and 16-4 overall. Westminster improved to 3-1 and 13-3.

"There was nothing wrong with our effort tonight," UGF coach Bill Himmelberg said. "We played great defense. We held the No. 4 team in the country down. I thought we did a great job there."

Back-to-back 3-pointers from Darah Huertas-Vining and Stephanie McDonagh started a 10-0 run that gave UGF its first lead at 48-44 with 4:19 to go. But the Lady Argos were able to muster only a Lindsey Abramson free throw the rest of the way.

"I didn't think we did a very good job rebounding today – especially down toward the end," Himmelberg said. "We had our chances. They're a good team, and they just beat us tonight."

Leading scorer Erin Legel had just four points while second-leading scorer Abramson had seven points and 10 rebounds.

Nneka Nnadi led the Lady Argos with 15 points and added eight rebounds. McDonagh scored 12, while Huertas-Vining and Mackenzie Owens each added a half-dozen.

The Griffins jumped out to an early 16-6 lead and held a 27-25 advantage at the intermission.

"We weren't very disciplined at the beginning, and we didn't follow our game plan," Himmelberg said. "We're going to need to make sure we follow the game plan, make sure we're disciplined and do the things we talked about. When we did that it worked."

UGF plays host to Montana Western Saturday. The game begins at 5:30 at the McLaughlin Center.

UGF men keep on rolling

The No. 19 University of Great Falls men's basketball has many offensive weapons.

On Friday the Argonauts unleashed some lesser-known firepower as Darren Lockett and Steven Daho combined for 31 points and 10 rebounds in UGF's 67-53 victory over Westminster at the McLaughlin Center.

“We have multiple guys that can score,” UGF coach Anthony Owens said. “We were trying to get it inside, and Steven was able to capitalize off of that. Darren took his opportunities and everyone played within the offense.”

The Argos (4-1 conference, 15-4 overall) led early and were never really threatened by Westminster (1-3, 8-9) – the preseason pick to win the Frontier Conference in its final year at the NAIA level.

Marcus Hurn added 11 points while TJ Harris scored six – but handed out seven assists.

It was that sort of team effort that sent the Argos to their third straight conference win.

“Everyone is going to focus on TJ and Marcus – and Darren stepped up tonight,” Owens said, noting that the Argos also held Westminster to 36 percent from the field.

“Guys executed everything we were trying to do,” Owens said. “We defended well. We took care of the boards like we were supposed to. We did everything we were supposed to do.”

Hurn grabbed six boards, while Sigman Farmer III led all players with eight rebounds.

The Argos held the Griffins scoreless for the first six minutes, 58 seconds en route to a 13-0 lead. UGF maintained a 38-26 advantage at the half.

“We wanted to take away their back cuts,” Owens said. “They run a lot of the Princeton (offense). We've played good defense all year, but we wanted to take away their back cuts and make sure we pressured their guys.”

Kenny Woodard scored 19 and William Walker added 11 for the Griffins.

UGF faces another stiff test Saturday as No. 9 Montana Western comes to the McLaughlin Center. That game tips off at 7:30.

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