POCATELLO, Idaho — The Montana Tech Orediggers women’s basketball team faced the Idaho State Bengals in a friendly Tuesday night in Pocatello, Idaho.
Tech started on a five-point run before the Bengals responded with a 16-3 finish in the first quarter and didn’t look back as Idaho State earned a 63-39 triumph.
The game does not count towards either team’s season record.
Soda Rice’s two free throws, Aubrie Rademacher’s field goal and Tavia Rooney’s three-pointer gave the Orediggers a 7-2 lead, with 7-24 to play in the first quarter.
Laura Bello, Kacey Spink, Finley Garnett, Carsyn Boswell and Mia Flor combined for 17 points to end the first quarter as the Bengals led 18-10.
A 13-5 run in the second quarter by the Bengals extended the lead to 15 points by halftime, 34-19.
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Rooney had four points in the quarter and Ally Cleverly added three.
Idaho State retreated further in the third quarter as they edged the Orediggers 17-9. The Bengals led 51-28 at the end of three periods.
Rademacher took eight points for Tech in the quarterfinals.
The Orediggers started the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run, with Cleverly and Rooney scoring three points to reduce the Bengals’ lead to 16.
However, Idaho St. finished the contest with a 12-4 run over the final of 5:53.
Montana Tech was 14 of 46 (30.4%) off the field, including 3 of 13 (23.1%) behind three-point arc. The Orediggers were 8 of 13 (61.5%) from the free throw line.
Rooney led Tech with 14 points, went out on 5 of 11 and included 2 of 3 behind the three-point line. Rademacher added seven points, Cleverly six.
Idaho St. was 26 of 67 (38.8%) from the field, including 7 of 18 (38.9%) from behind the arc. The Bengals were 4-of-8 (50%) out of the charity streak, passing the Orediggers 35-26 and outclassing Tech in the paint 32-18.
Callie Bourne led all scorers from the field with 14 points on 7-of-14 and added five steals. Garnett added ten points and Spink contributed nine points.
Montana Tech returns to action December 1 as part of a Frontier Conference doubles match against Rocky Mountain College at Kelvin Sampson Court at the HPER Center. The women play at 5 p.m., followed by the men at 7 p.m
The state of Idaho will travel to San Diego to participate in The Dana on Mission Bay Thanksgiving Classic on Friday and Saturday.
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