Scores

Final

Montana 68

(3-0, 1-0 away)

Davidson 51

(3-2, 1-1 home)

11:00 AM ET, November 25, 2006

1 2 T
MONT 32 3668
DAV 29 2251

Montana 68, Davidson 61

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Mandy Morales had 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds Saturday to lead Montana to a 68-61 victory over Davidson in the first round of the Klosterman Buckeye Classic at Ohio State University.

Montana (3-0) meets No. 6 Ohio State (4-0) in the championship game on Sunday. Ohio State beat Cornell 77-43 in the other first-round game.

Montana led 59-49 with 3:24 remaining after a free throw by Tamara Guardipee, who finished with 10 points.

Late full-court pressure by Davidson cut the Lady Griz lead to 62-59 with 50 seconds remaining. Morales, Guardipee and Johanna Closson all hit free throws down the stretch while the Wildcats (3-2) were unable to hit from 3-point range.

Sonya Rogers added 13 points and Laura Cote also had 10 for the Lady Griz, who used a 17-2 run to take a 20-8 lead with eight minutes left in the first half.

The Lady Griz led by as much as 27-12 on a 3-pointer by Rogers with 6:12 remaining, but Davidson closed the half with a 17-5 run to pull within 32-29.

Davidson took a 42-41 lead on a 3-pointer by Katie Hamilton with 13:12 remaining, but Cote answered with a jumper and the Lady Griz never trailed again.

Hamilton led Davidson with 22 points and six rebounds, while Danielle Hemerka finished with 11 points and six rebounds. Both fouled out.

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