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N Colorado 43

(20-12, 15-5 Big Sky)

Montana 56

(24-7, 16-4 Big Sky)

    Coverage: ESPN3

    4:00 PM ET, March 16, 2013

    Dahlberg Arena, Missoula, Montana

    1 2 T
    UNCO 18 2543
    MONT 30 2656

    Top Performers

    Northern Colorado: D. Strange 12 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

    Montana: K. Boer 19 Pts, 1 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Montana defeats Northern Colorado for Big Sky title

    Associated Press

    MISSOULA, Mont. -- Kenzie De Boer scored 19 points, and Montana punched its ticket to the NCAA tournament with a 56-43 victory over Northern Colorado in Saturday's Big Sky Conference championship.

    The Lady Grizzlies (24-7) will be making their 20th appearance in the NCAA tournament. They have an all-time record of 6-19 at the NCAAs.

    Montana and Northern Colorado (20-12) exchanged defensive blows in the first half, with both teams shooting low percentages. UNC shot 28 percent in the first half, including 17 percent from the 3-point line.

    Despite shooting well early, with three 3s in the first 5 minutes, the Lady Griz cooled off and shot 32 percent for the first half. De Boer led all first half-scorers with nine points.

    Montana held the conference's defensive player of the year, D'Shara Strange, to three first-half points and stymied her usual attack-the-basket style of play.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UNCO
    MONT
    Points 43 56
    FG Made-Attempted 15-47 (.319) 15-55 (.273)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-13 (.154) 6-15 (.400)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-15 (.733) 20-21 (.952)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 20

    Game Leaders

     
    UNCO
    MONT
    PointsD. Strange 12K. Boer 19
    ReboundsL. Mallon 8K. Baker 9
    AssistsL. Mallon 1K. Baker 3
    StealsD. Strange 4A. Smith 3
    BlocksS. Lee 2K. Baker 2

    2012-13 Season

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