Montana 44

(22-8, 13-1 Big Sky)

Vanderbilt 67

(23-7, 10-4 SEC)

10:30 PM ET, March 19, 2005

Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle, Washington

1 2 T
MONT 20 2444
VAN 31 3667

Top Performers

Montana: L. Monaco 10 Pts, 3 Reb

Vanderbilt: A. Earley 19 Pts, 4 Reb

Vandy will face K-State in second round

MISSOULA (AP) -- Sophomore Johanna Closson scored 18 points and freshman Tamara Guardipee had a double-double by the half to lead Montana to a 72-54 exhibition victory over Deja Vu on Sunday.

Julie Deming led Deja Vu, a collection of former Lady Griz standouts, with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Deja Vu led by as many as seven points in the first half, taking a 23-16 lead at 7:35 on a Deming jumper. But the Lady Griz scored eight straight points to take a 24-23 lead with 5:12 left in the half. The game was tied 32-32 at the halfway point.

Deja Vu took a three-point lead early in the second half, but Closson hit a 3-point shot to tie the score at 35-35. Guardipee hit a jumper on Montana's next possession, and the Lady Griz would not trail again.

The lead reached its largest margin of the game -- 18 points -- when sophomore Dana Conway put Montana up 60-49 with 7:09 to play. Conway finished with nine points, while Guardipee had 13 points, 13 rebounds, three blocks and three steals.

Montana shot 33.8 percent and limited Deja Vu to 31.3 percent shooting. The Lady Griz also outrebounded Deja Vu, grabbing 59 boards compared with Deja Vu's 38.

Montana opens its regular season on Friday at Utah State.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 44 67
FG Made-Attempted 19-46 (.413) 26-59 (.441)
3P Made-Attempted 4-13 (.308) 5-12 (.417)
FT Made-Attempted 4-5 (.800) 10-12 (.833)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 9 (0/0) 9 (0/0)
Largest Lead 3 25

Game Leaders

PointsL. Monaco 10A. Earley 19
ReboundsH. Tyler 5C. Thomas 8


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