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North Dakota St 74, Montana State 62

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- Jerri Penley had 16 points and nine
rebounds Saturday to lead North Dakota State to a 74-62 victory
over Montana State in the championship game of the Wingate Inn
Thanksgiving Classic.

Brenda Slyt added 15 points and tournament MVP Lisa Bue added 13
points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Bison (2-2).

Montana State (3-2) was led by Rebecca Mercer with 18 points and
seven rebounds. Nubia Garcia added 14 points and seven rebounds
while Alyssa Nelson had 14 points and five steals.

North Dakota State took an early 15-10 lead following a Slyt
jumper. Montana State responded with a 10-0 run to go ahead 20-15
following a Jamie Thornton basket with 6:40 left in the first.

NDSU regained a 32-27 advantage at the half.

In the second, the Bison took a 49-36 lead following a Penley
free throw with 14:09 left.

MSU cut the margin to 57-53 with 7:28 remaining on an Alyssa
Nelson layup, but could get no closer.

The Bison shot 45 percent from the field while the Bobcats hit
32 percent.