Since their 62-53 victory over the University of Great Falls Argos on February 6, the Montana Tech Men's basketball team has struggled in a streak of close losses to conference foes. On February 11, the 7-18 Diggers barely lost to the 18-5 Carroll College Saints, 57-64. Jalen Coates lead the team with 21 points, shooting 47 percent from the field. On February 13, the Diggers lost to Lewis and Clark State, 75-84. Coates again lead in scoring with 24 points, shooting 44 percent from the field. Teammates Lukas Vining, Paul Engstrom and Kale Guldseth also contributed in the game, scoring 19, 14 and 8 points, respectively.
Tech Men's Basketball returns to the hardwood at home February 18 against Rocky Mountain College.
The Montana Tech Women's Basketball team (6-19) suffered a loss to the Argos on February 6. In the game, Martha Dembek lead in scoring for the Diggers with 20 points, shooting 46 percent from the field. Rachel Farris and Hattie Thatcher contributed 10 ad 12 points, respectively. Freshman standout Winter Kemppainen scored 8 points in the conference match up, shooting 100 percent from the field.
The Lady Diggers also lost recent match ups against Carroll and LC State. The Diggers dropped a game to the Carroll Saints, 53-67. Dembek again lead the Diggers in scoring with 14 points, shooting 36 percent from the field. Thatcher and redshirt freshman Kourtney Coverdell contributed 6 and 9 points, respectively, while Kimi Heng came off the bench to score 10 points at 50 percent shooting. The Lady Diggers also suffered a conference loss to LC State February 13, 67-84. The loss is their fourth straight. In the contest, Dembek again lead all scorers with 24 points, while Thatcher, Coverdell and Heng contributed 22, 8 and 5 points, respectively.
The Lady Diggers return to Kelvin Sampson Court on February18 against Rocky Mountain College.