MISSOULA (AP) -- Katie Edwards finished what was likely her final
Cat-Griz game with six 3-pointers and five stitches.
The senior guard from Lewistown made 6-of-8 3-pointers to finish
with 20 points and needed the stitches to close a wound on her
eyelid caused when Whitney Connolly's elbow hit her on a rebound
late in the first half.
Connolly was called for a technical on the foul and Johanna
Closson made 1-of-2 free throws to give Montana a 40-28 lead with
1:10 left in the first half.
"It was a loose ball. I was really just trying to get out of
the way," said Edwards, sporting a black eye after the game.
"Johanna was trying to get it, and since I'm not known for my
rebounding skills, I thought I'd let her."
Connolly said, "They were grabbing my arms. I pivoted and she
was just in the wrong place."
Mandy Morales added 18 points and seven assists with just one
turnover, while Tamara Guardipee added 14 points for the Lady Griz
(16-5, 5-3 Big Sky) who swept the Bobcats (2-18, 1-7) for the third
straight year. Montana won both games this season by 25-point
Connolly scored 13 or her 16 points in the first half.
"They started slowly and we almost got away a couple of times,
but Connolly kept 'em in it," said Montana coach Robin Selvig.
"She wasn't getting bunnies, but she was shooting it well. We knew
we had to work harder to keep the ball from going to her," in the
Alyssa Nelson, who had 13 points and six assists for MSU, said,
"We felt really good with how we played in the first half. We
weren't intimidated by the atmosphere and we stuck with them for
the first five minutes of the second half, too."
The Lady Griz led 41-32 at halftime and opened the second half
with a 16-5 run to stretch the lead to 57-37 with 14:55 left.
Jenny Heringer hit two 3-pointers during a 10-2 run and the
Bobcats cut the Montana lead to 59-47 with 11:18 to play.
Edwards' sixth 3-pointer with 10:20 remaining started a 12-2
Lady Griz run and Montana's lead reached as much as 28 points at
87-59 with 1:40 remaining.
Montana had 18 assists against seven turnovers.
"We haven't been getting a lot of assists because we haven't
made that many shots," said Selvig. "But we're moving the ball
much better and we're shooting better."
The Lady Griz have averaged 97.5 points over the past two games.
Heringer finished with 11 points for the Bobcats, who had 17
turnovers -- nine on Lady Griz steals.
"We struggled taking care of the ball," said MSU coach Tricia
Binford. "But for us to get 16 assists is a very big improvement
for our team. I know the team is discouraged and frustrated, but
they've played through a lot of adversity and injury and I'm 100
percent behind my team."