9:05 PM ET, December 13, 2005
MISSOULA (AP) -- Katie Edwards and Mandy Morales each scored a team-high 18 points in Montana's hard-fought 82-77 victory over Santa Clara Tuesday night at Dahlberg Arena.The game had 20 lead changes, 11 of which occurred in the first eight minutes.The two teams stood tied at 18-18 with 10:21 to play when Michelle Cozad hit a 3-pointer to put the Broncos up three, 21-18. Cozad's three started an 11-2 run that put Santa Clara (2-6) up 29-20 with 5:40 remaining.The SCU lead was still nine points, 31-22, before Montana (5-2) closed the half on a 14-7 run, pulling within 38-36 at the break.The back-and-forth continued in the second half, with nine lead changes and 11 ties.Jody McLeod had a big game for Montana, finishing with 16 points and nine boards, both season highs. Edwards matched a career high with eight rebounds, and Johanna Closson finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.Ashley Gonnerman scored a game-high 27 point for the Broncos, while Tracey Walker scored 16.Montana shot 42.9 percent to SCU's 40.5 percent and had a 46-43 rebounding advantage.The Lady Griz got to the free throw line 40 times, connecting on 28, while the Broncos were 7-for-9.Montana continues its three-game homestand Friday against 7-1 Miami. Game time is 7:05 p.m.