PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Mandy Morales scored 23 points and Tamara
Guardipee set a school record with 10 blocked shots Thursday in
Montana's 81-59 victory over Portland State.
Montana (14-3, 3-1 Big Sky) used a 17-2 run in the first half to
pull away from the Vikings (7-10, 1-3).Portland State (7-10, 1-3) led 16-12 on a layup by Brianna
Thompson with 11:04 remaining.The Lady Griz got a layup by Morales, a basket by Guardipee and
another by Dana Conway to go up 18-16 with 6:17 to play.PSU was called for a technical and Katie Edwards made both free
throws and followed with a jumper on the ensuing possession to put
Montana up 22-16 with 5:19 left in the half.The Lady Griz capped the 17-2 run on a basket by Conway giving
UM an 29-18 lead with with 3:34 left in the half.Montana, which led 37-28 at halftime, opened the second half
with an 11-2 run to take a 48-30 lead on a basket by Guardipee with
14:07 left.Montana led 54-34 with 12:18 to play and 61-39 at the 8:51 mark.
The Lady Griz led by as much as 81-55 on two free throws by Britney
Lohman with 25 seconds left.Guardipee scored 14 points on 7-of-7 shooting and grabbed nine
rebounds to go with her record shot-blocking effort -- nearly a
triple double. The 10 blocked shots ties the Big Sky Conference
record. The old school record was eight blocked shots held by five
players, most recently reached by Hollie Tyler in 2004.Edwards finished with 15 points and Conway had 10 points and
seven rebounds.Montana outrebounded Portland State 58-42, led by Closson with
11 rebounds.Kelsey Kahle -- the league's leading scorer and rebounder -- led
Portland State with 18 points and 12 rebounds, followed by Thompson
with 12 points and Heather Arns with 11.