E Washington 65

(12-5, 4-1 Big Sky)

Montana 72

(12-6, 5-0 Big Sky)

    9:05 PM ET, January 29, 2005

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    EWU 26 3965
    MONT 28 4472

    Montana 72, Eastern Wash. 65

    MISSOULA (AP) -- Katie Edwards scored 18 points and Jody McLeod added 13 points and 10 rebounds Saturday to lead Montana to a 72-65 victory over Eastern Washington in a battle for the lead in the Big Sky Conference standings.

    Hollie Tyler had 14 points for Montana (12-6, 5-0) which has won 19 consecutive league games.

    Montana led 28-26 at halftime and built a 44-35 lead on two free throws by Lynsey Monaco with 14:37 remaining.

    Edwards hit two free throws with 11:50 remaining for a 50-43 UM lead.

    Portland State used an 11-4 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Brandie Bounds with 8:10 remaining to tie the score at 54. Five straight points by Julie Page gave the Eagles a 59-55 lead with 6:18 remaining.

    Montana tied the score at 59 on a 3-pointer by Edwards, then two free throws by Tyler and another basket by Edwards put the Lady Griz up 63-59 with 4:15 remaining.

    EWU got within two twice, the last time at 65-63 on a layup by Bounds with 2:06 to play.

    Edwards answered with a jumper and Monaco scored on an offensive put-back and Montana made 3-of-4 free throws in the final 30 seconds to hold on.

    Felice Moore led EWU with 18 points and seven rebounds, including basket midway through the first half that gave the Eagles an 18-11 lead. Page added 17 points and Bounds had 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

    Crystal Baird added 10 points for Montana and Monaco had 11 assists and five steals.

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