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Utah State 53

(2-5, 1-4 away)

Montana State 71

(4-4, 2-3 home)

    9:00 PM ET, December 6, 2006

    1 2 T
    USU 31 2253
    MTST 24 4771

    Montana State 71, Utah State 53

    BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- Whitney Connolly scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Wednesday to lead Montana State to a 71-53 victory over Utah State.

    Connolly made 12-of-15 free throws for the Bobcats (4-4), who made 29-of-39 as a team after Utah State (2-5) was whistled for 27 fouls.

    With the win, the Bobcats surpassed their win total last season when the team posted a 3-23 record.

    Montana State raced to an early 17-4 lead on a basket by Anne Phippard with 12:14 remaining. The Bobcats built their largest lead 26-8 with 6:28 remaining on a layup by Rebecca Mercer, who finished with 13 points.

    Utah State answered with a 16-5 run to pull within 31-24 at halftime.

    USU closed within 33-28 on a jumper by Lindsey Freeze, but the Bobcats responded with a 9-4 run to take a 46-37 lead with 9:55 remaining. The Aggies could get no closer.

    Danyelle Snelgro led Utah State with 16 points while Freeze added 10.

    The Bobcats held a 48-39 rebounding advantage, but the game was marred by a combined 49 turnovers and 48 fouls.

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