9:05 PM ET, January 14, 2005
MISSOULA (AP) -- Hollie Tyler had 14 points, 16 rebounds, seven steals and four blocked shots Friday as Montana edged Montana State 70-68 in overtime in the Big Sky Conference opener for both schools.Juliann Keller scored a career-high 23 points for Montana (8-6 overall, 1-0 league), including a three-point play in overtime to give the Lady Griz a 68-65 lead with 48 seconds remaining.Lynsey Monaco passed the ball to a cutting Keller, who finished off the play and was fouled by Scotta Morton."Monaco made a very nice pass," said interim MSU coach Greg Kudrna. "Scotta was right there. It was a good play, a perfect pass."Tyler hit 1-of-2 free throw attempts with 10 seconds left to put Montana up 69-65, but Alyssa Nelson hit a 3-pointer to pull the Bobcats within 69-68 with four seconds to play. Nelson and Jaimey Tanner finished with 17 points, career highs for both.MSU (6-8, 0-1) was forced to foul Katie Edwards, who made 1-of-2 free throw attempts 1.3 seconds remaining. Tyler got a hand on MSU's ensuing in-bounds play as time ran out, ending Montana's streak of five overtime losses.Montana State built a 42-30 lead on a 3-pointer by Nelson with 16:04 remaining.The Lady Griz answered with a 12-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Keller, to tie the score at 42 with 12:36 remaining in regulation."Their defense was playing really intense at that time," Kudrna said. "The crowd was into it, but we were still scoring."MSU took a 47-42 lead on a basket and a 3-pointer by Tanner with 11:28 to play.A free throw and then a 3-pointer by Laura Cote got the Lady Griz back within 47-46 with 11:02 to play."Obviously we responded with some big plays in the second half and I thought Laura Cote was a big lift off the bench," said UM coach Robin Selvig. "We were down 12 points and took the momentum back."Cote finished with a career-high 11 points, including a 3-pointer that gave Montana a 57-56 lead with 4:33 left in regulation. Montana made just 6-of-12 free throws in the final six minutes of regulation.Katie Edwards hit 1-of-2 free throws with 43 seconds left in regulation to tie the score at 61. Keller also blocked a 3-point attempt by Morton with 21 seconds remaining in regulation.Montana State, which had shot just 20 percent from the field in its most recent game, made seven of its first eight 3-point attempts to take a 23-15 lead on a 3-pointer by Morton with 7:37 left in the half."It was great to shoot them out of their zone, that's their main defense" said Kati Burrows, who played just 20 minutes because of foul trouble and was held to just three points -- 11 below her season scoring average. "Everybody was shooting really well tonight."A layup by Hillary Scott gave put MSU up 33-23 with 2:06 remaining and the Bobcats led 35-28 at halftime on a spin move by Scott at the buzzer.A layup by Nelson gave MSU a 42-30 lead with 16:04 remaining before Montana rallied.Montana outrebounded Montana State 45-26, but the Lady Griz made just 26-of-38 free throw attempts. Montana State was called for 28 fouls to just eight for Montana.Montana State made 14-of-24 3-point shots, but got to the free throw line just five times, making four shots.Aggressive defense led to 21 turnovers by both teams.
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