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Frontier Basketball Scores & Highlights, Thursday 2/5

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No. 11 MSU-Northern outpaces No. 21 LCSC

With a slow night on offense and a double-double from 6-foot-5 A'Jha Edwards, the No. 21-ranked Lewis-Clark State College women's basketball team just couldn't keep up with 11th-ranked Montana State University-Northern on Thursday night at the Activity Center. Edwards had 22 points and 16 boards, the Warriors shot just 29 percent, and the Skylights won 66-46.

The loss brings LCSC to 18-6 overall and 4-4 in the Frontier Conference, while the Skylights improve to 21-3 and 6-2. After falling on the road to Westminster last week, Thursday marks the first time this season the Warriors have lost back-to-back games.

“We've just got to make baskets,” said LCSC head coach Brian Orr. “This is a game of makes. We just looked tentative out there, we looked hesitant. There was no flow, and, honestly, I don't know why. The ball has to continue to move, we have to find the open players, and we have to remedy our slide right now.”

Northern, which shot 52 percent overall, led 38-29 in rebounds, 38-18 in points in the paint, and 20-9 in assists.

The Warriors couldn't seem to find a rhythm on offense in either half as they trailed the Skylights 25-17 at halftime and then was outscored 41-29 in the second half as Edwards and Natalee Faupel heated up.

Edwards, a senior who is second in the NAIA in rebounds per game (9.2) and third in field goal percentage (.576), was 11-for-19 from the floor with five offensive boards, and two blocks. Faupel added 23 points on 3-of-5 shooting from the outside and also had eight assists.

Despite the scoring from Edwards and Faupel, LCSC's defensive play was decent considering the Skylights were held under their season average of 71.5 points per game.

“I looked up there with a minute-forty and they have 61 points on the board, and hey, that's not bad,” said Orr. “Sixty-one we can probably live with that, but you can't live with 44 on the other end. We should be up in the 70's every game, and so before everything else we've got to fix our offense.”

Caelyn Orlandi (11) was the only Warrior to score in double-digits as LC State had just 16 field goals including six from the outside in 22 attempts.

It's the second straight game the Warriors have scored less than 50 points.

“I feel like we're just going in the wrong direction,” Orr said. “February is the month where you want to be peaking as a team, and I know there is a lot of development and a lot of growth left, but gosh we've got to solve the problem right now.”

Lewis-Clark State will have a chance to right the ship on Saturday when it hosts the University of Great Falls. The 20th-ranked Argos are 19-4 and 6-2 and have won three straight. Saturday is billed as Dollar Day and will feature $1 admission, hot dogs, soft drinks, and popcorn.

UGF men hang on for victory over Montana Tech

BUTTE, Mont. – The No. 20 University of Great Falls men's basketball team avenged a home loss as the Argonauts defeated Montana Tech 75-62 in Frontier Conference action Thursday at the HPER Complex.

The Argos (6-2 Frontier, 17-5 overall) garnered the season split with Tech (4-4, 13-9) after the Orediggers defeated UGF 75-66 on Jan. 10 at the McLaughlin Center.

Marcus Hurn led all scorers with 24 points as the UGF senior guard finished 6 of 11 from the 3-point line. TJ Harris added 13 points and seven assists, and Sigman Farmer III chipped in 10 points.

The Argos led by 23 in the second half, but a Tech dunk followed by a technical foul resulted in a six-point swing as the Orediggers cut the lead to 57-46 with nine minutes to play.

UGF went back up by a dozen, but a Reid Baerlocher 3-pointer followed by two baskets from Adam Greger cut the lead back to seven at 61-54.

That was as close as the Orediggers got, as Harris answered with a 3-pointer, and the Argos made 7 of 8 free throws in the final 2:06.

UGF finished 51 percent from the field – including a blistering 53 percent from the perimeter.

Tech was 43 percent from the field, but only 14 percent from the 3-point line. The Orediggers were just 1 of 8 from the perimeter in the second half.

Greger scored 22 points to go along with 10 rebounds, and Paul Engstrom added 15 points and six boards for Tech.

The Argos led 41-24 at the half and pushed the lead to nearly two dozen before Tech pulled back into the game.

The road trip continues for the Argos, who take on Lewis-Clark State on Saturday. That game begins at 8:30 in Lewiston, Idaho.

Saints Bowl over Bulldogs on Junkermier's Record Night

Kalee Junkermier scored 29 points and tied a school record with nine made threes to lead No. 17 Carroll College to a 70-55 win over Montana-Western, Thursday at the PE Center. Bailey Snelling broke a 6-6 tie with a three-pointer 14:26 remaining in the first half and the Saints would lead the way the rest of the way en route to the win.

"We had was a great effort accompanied by some great individual performances," head coach Rachelle Sayers said. "Kalee Junkermier was unbelievable tonight. She made everything we ran look good. But it wasn't just Kalee, it was everyone being where they were supposed to be and really being disciplined on both ends of the floor."

The Saints held the Bulldogs to 20-49 (.40.8 percent) shooting while hitting on 26-of-55 (47.3 percent). Carroll also outrebounded the Bulldogs 23-39, led byCassidy Hashley with 11 rebounds to go along with her 12 points.

"We have made a commitment to be better rebounders and it's paying off," Sayers said. "Cassi Hashley continues to dominate the paint for us and because of that, other players are having a lot of success. Our team is getting much better at finding the open player when teams are keying on her, trying to take our post play away. It was a fun game to watch."

Junkermier was nothing if not efficient. She was 10-of-15 from the field, including 9-of-12 from distance. Baylee Watson was also a big contributor on the inside with 10 points. Bailey Snelling led the Saints with five assists to go along with nine points. It was the fourth consecutive win for the Saints and the ninth win in 11 games. Carroll moves to 15-6 overall and 6-2 in Frontier play.

Western falls to 9-15 overall and 1-7 in the conference. The Saints face a tough opponent Saturday in No. 4 Westminster. The Saints handed the Griffins their only Frontier loss of the season in a 55-50 game. The Griffins have won seven straight since then and have allowed an average of just 40.3 points per game over the last three games. Sayers is excited for the battle between the two hottest teams in the Frontier Conference.

"We can finally talk about Westminster," Sayers said. "They are the No. 4 team in the country and it is going to be a tough game. We are looking forward to the challenge." Tip off is at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the PE Center.

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