<
>

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.