Scores

Final

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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Jan 12, 2013 @MONT 56, UNCO 42Recap | Box Score
Feb 7, 2013 @UNCO 54, MONT 41Recap | Box Score
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