MALIBU, Calif. (AP) -- Freshman Johanna Closson scored 21 points
Friday afternoon to lead Montana to a 71-63 victory over East
Carolina in the opening game of the Four Points LAX Turkey Shootout
Montana (2-1) shot 50 percent from the field and Closson, a
reserve who played 27 minutes, made 7-of-11 shots. The Lady Griz
will play Pepperdine in the championship Saturday afternoon.
Pepperdine beat Cal State-Fullerton 60-47 in the other first-round
game.Katie Edwards added 12 points for Montana, which led 42-31 at
halftime.East Carolina (1-2) tried to rally in the second half by
shooting 3-pointers, but made just 2-of-15 attempts in the second
half.Juliann Keller had 11 points, three assists and all three of
Montana's steals, while Hollie Tyler had nine points, nine
rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots. Crystal Baird also
blocked three shots.Soraya Hellaby led East Carolina with 12 points. Three others
finished with nine points.