Wyoming 72

(9-3, 5-3 away)

Montana 79

(12-1, 7-0 home)

    9:30 PM ET, December 29, 2006

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    WYO 72 72
    MONT 79 79

    Montana 79, Wyoming 72

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Sophomore Mandy Morales scored 30 points and was named MVP Friday as the University of Montana defeated Wyoming 79-72 and won the Lady Griz Holiday Classic championship.

    Morales averaged 24.5 points, 6.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds in Montana's two victories at the basketball tournament, the first a win over Canisius, 83-46. Junior Johanna Closson, who had 12 points and eight rebounds against the Cowgirls, averaged 10.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in the two games, bringing her all-tournament honors.

    Montana improved to 12-1 and Wyoming dropped to 9-3.

    Wyomings Justyna Podziemska and Hanna Zavecz joined the all-tournament team. Podziemska had 26 points in the championship game and Zavecz 22 points, plus eight assists.

    Canisiuss Brittane Russell and Idahos Katie Madison rounded out the all-tournament team.

    The Cowgirls controlled play Friday for most of the first half, shooting 41.4 percent and taking a 36-31 lead into the half.

    Montana still was down, 40-35, when a basket inside by sophomore Tamara Guardipee sparked a game-deciding 17-2 run over the next 4:08, putting the Lady Griz up 10, 52-42.

    On five occasions Wyoming trimmed the lead to 4 points. Four times, Montana responded with a 3-pointer.

    Podziemska and Zavecz were joined in the double-figures column by Wyoming's Megan McGuffey, who had 11 points.

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