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Montana Lady Griz tough non-conference games preparing team for road ahead

Posted at 5:29 PM, Dec 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-15 00:19:01-05

MISSOULA – The Montana Lady Griz sit at 4-3 over their first seven games and have a chance to come out of non-conference play above .500 for the first time since the 2015-2016 season.

The Lady Griz have had a tough non-conference schedule, playing opponents like No. 21 Gonzaga, Arizona and South Dakota. The Lady Griz have another tough test ahead as they will be playing in the Husky Classic in Seattle this weekend. At 2 p.m. (MT) Saturday, UM will play the University of Washington, which is hosting the event. Boise State and St. Francis (Pa.) will meet in Saturday’s second game.

The losers of Saturday’s games will meet on Sunday at 2 p.m. (MT), with Saturday’s winners playing for the Husky Classic championship at 5 p.m. (MT).

Lady Griz head coach Shannon Schweyen said the difficult teams they’ve faced have helped better prepare the team for the season ahead.

“I think that has given us a little eye-opener about where we can get better, you know, how we’ve gotten better, a little measuring stick for us,” Schweyen said. “So I think we’ll go into that game feeling like there’s not a whole lot we haven’t seen between all those teams combined, and we’ve got to execute offensively. We can do things well ourselves, we can prepare all we want for them, but we’ve got to have some accountability, and taking care of the ball and scoring the ball.”