MISSOULA – The Montana Lady Grizzlies are preparing to head into Big Sky Conference play on Thursday.

They’re going in with a non-conference record of 4-7, though they remain optimistic heading into the Big Sky. Despite that optimism, the Lady Griz know they face some tough competition.

“We’re going to be taking everything one game at a time, because everybody’s got some lethal weapons here in the league,” said Lady Griz head coach Shannon Schweyen. “We’ll have our work cut out for us, but we’ve got to take every opponent seriously and be ready to go every night, because every night’s a battle.”

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The Lady Griz are still enjoying their Christmas break; they won their last non-conference game against Rocky Mountain College last Wednesday.

This Thursday the real contests begin. First up in the Big Sky, UM faces the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks. The Lady Griz want to prove themselves coming off of last year’s 7-23 overall record, and they think they’ve got what it takes.

“Our record doesn’t show how we’ve played against teams like Kentucky and Marquette. It doesn’t really show that, so I think teams will start, will take us lightly and then I think we’ll surprise people, honestly,” said Lady Griz guard McKenzie Johnston.

The Lady Griz host Northern Arizona Thursday at 7 p.m. They turn around to play Southern Utah at 2 p.m. Saturday.