Woodin wins 300th game Thursday as ‘Jackets blast Bears

BILLINGS, Mont. – The winningest coach in Montana State University Billings history achieved another milestone on Thursday night, as Kevin Woodin led the Yellowjacket women to a 77-48 blowout of Rocky Mountain College at Alterowitz Gym.

The Yellowjackets (9-1) held a slight margin over the visiting Bears (6-4) after the first half of play, but outscored their opponents 45-21 in the final two quarters of play to win comfortably in front of a large contingent of home fans present. “This was a nice win for us today,” said Woodin. “Anytime you play Rock you know you’re going to get their best effort, and those intra-city rival games are always tough to play. We got off to a great start, but they battled back and we had a hard time scoring in the second quarter. We went cold for most of it, but we finished the half on a good note to lead by four. In the second half our defense was outstanding, and we guarded really well especially on their ball screen offensive sets.”

Natalie Andreas scored 17 points, and Aspen Giese scored 15 in the game, each setting new career bests as members of the Yellowjackets. Andreas also collected five rebounds while Giese was all over the box score with six rebounds, a pair of blocks and steals, and an assist. Dyauni Boyce scored 16 points, and her seven rebounds tied for most on the ‘Jackets with Kortney Nelson. Nelson likewise led the team in assist with four. “Individually we had good, balanced scoring, and it was nice to see Aspen and Natalie shoo