BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Fort Benton alum Aspen Giese had a career night in leading No. 20 Montana State Billings to a 66-64 overtime victory over Great Northwest Athletic Conference opponent at eighth-ranked Western Washington on Thursday.
Giese scored a career-best 25 points on 10-of-11 shooting. Her 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds remaining in the extra period was the winning basket. The victory was the Yellowjackets' 11th straight.
Giese also had five rebounds, three steals, an assist and a blocked shot.
“Aspen Giese was absolutely incredible, on both ends of the court.” MSUB coach Kevin Woodin stated in a press release. “I thought she played the best game of her college career tonight.”
“This was a great win for our program.” Woodin stated. “This is an excellent Western Washington team, and what I was really proud of tonight was our perseverance. We fought hard until the very end.”
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Dyauni Boyce added 13 points for the Yellowjackets, while Shayla Montague had ten points, three rebounds, a steal and a block. Danielle Zahn had five points with two assists and a steal, and Kortney Nelson had four points, including a free throw to send the game to overtime. Cariann Kunkel finished with a career-high ten rebounds.
The Yellowjackets improved their overall record to 22-4 and to 13-2 in the GNAC standings, moving into a tie with WWU atop the league.