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Canisius 46

(7-5, 0-2 MAAC)

Montana 83

(11-1, 6-0 home)

    9:30 PM ET, December 28, 2006

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    CAN 30 1646
    MONT 47 3683

    Montana 83, Canisius 46

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Led by the scoring of sophomore Mandy Morales, Montana defeated Canisius 83-46 on Thursday and advanced to the championship game of the annual Lady Griz Holiday Classic.

    The victory, Montana's eighth in a row, lifted the Lady Griz to 11-1. Canisius of New York dropped to 7-5.

    Montana is scheduled to play 9-2 Wyoming on Friday. Wyoming defeated Idaho 68-45 in the tournament's other semifinal game Thursday.

    Montana jumped to a 13-0 lead over Canisius and never trailed.

    The Golden Griffins rallied to put the score at 27-24 when Brittane Russell connected on a 3-pointer, with 6:48 left in the first half, but the Lady Griz led 47-30 at halftime.

    Montana shot 47.1 percent in the first half, had a 28-20 rebounding advantage and held Canisius's shooting to 32.4 percent.

    Morales, four-time Big Sky Conference player of the week, finished with a game-high 19 points, adding seven assists and five rebounds.

    Russell led Canisius with 16 points and eight rebounds.

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