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Frontier Conference Scores & Highlights, Saturday 2/28

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No. 23 Lady Argos drop regular-season finale at No. 10 MSU-Northern

The No. 23 University of Great Falls women's basketball team dropped its regular-season finale 75-60 to No. 10 MSU-Northern Saturday night at the Armory Gymnasium.

The Lady Argonauts (8-6 Frontier Conference, 21-8 overall) still recorded the best record in school history, and their fourth-place finish in conference play is the highest since the sport returned to the school.

The Lady Argos will play host to fifth-seeded Lewis-Clark State in the conference tournament Tuesday at 7 at the McLaughlin Center.

The Skylights (11-3, 26-4) clinched a first-round bye as they finished second in the regular-season standings. They will play the second-lowest remaining seed next Friday in Havre in the tournament semifinals.

MSUN avenged an 82-64 defeat dealt by UGF on Jan. 31 at the McLaughlin Center.

“I didn't think our defense was as good as it should have been, but in particular we didn't rebound the basketball,” UGF coach Bill Himmelberg said. “The girls didn't execute our offensive game plan at all.”

The Skylights broke the game open with a 21-6 run early in the second half. MSUN received two treys each from Molly Kreycik and Taylor Cummings, as well as a three-point play from Natalee Faupel to open up a 56-31 lead with 10:12 to go in the game.

“It's disappointing we didn't show up ready to play in the first half,” Himmelberg said. “I thought we played hard in the second half, but if you don't show up to play that's going to happen. Northern is going to show up ready to play.”

MSUN built a 33-21 lead with 5:17 to play in the opening half. Neither team found the basket again before intermission as the Skylights took the 12-point advantage into halftime.

Lindsey Abramson led the Argos with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Erin Legel added 11 points, while Nneka Nnadi and Kendalyn Brainard each scored eight.

Ajah Edwards scored 20 points and added 13 rebounds to pace MSUN. The Skylights finished with four players in double figures including Faupel (18), Cummings (16) and Kreycik (10).

Nevertheless the Lady Argos will play host to their first home playoff game since 1985.

“It's an exciting thing for the whole university and the city of Great Falls,” Himmelberg said. “It's going to be a special time – especially for these seniors – to get a home playoff game.”

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