MISSOULA -- The Northern Colorado Bears stormed into Dahlberg Arena on Saturday afternoon, scoring the first eights point of the game en route to a 67-58 Big Sky Conference women's basketball win, their seventh straight over the Montana Lady Griz.
In the first half, the Bears outscored the Lady Griz 37-31, led by Jasmine Gayles, Micayla Isembart and Bridget Hintz, who combined for 25 of those 37 points.
For Montana is was basically all Emma Stockholm in the first two quarters. The senior forward got hot from deep, going 5 for 7 from 3, and 6 of 13 from the field to finish the half with 20 points.
Contrary to the last game for Montana, the Lady Griz got dominated down low. Northern Colorado scored 32 points in the paint to Montana's 20. With no presence in the paint, Montana had to heavily rely on shooting. Aside from Stockholm, the Lady Griz could not find the touch and finished 18 for 59 (30.5 percent) from the field and 8 for 22 (36.4 percent) from beyond the arc. On the other side, Northern Colorado finished 23 for 54 (42.6 percent) and 6 for 17 (35.3 percent) from 3.
Montana had a chance to make it a game down the stretch after Taylor Goligoski hit a 3 with 1:39 left to make it 62-58 Northern Colorado. Following the Goligoski 3, Montana missed two key shots while Northern Colorado knocked down its free throws to seal the win.
Montana (8-5 overall, 3-1 conference) will take on Eastern Washington (2-10, 1-2) on Thursday in Dahlberg Arena. The Lady Griz went 0-2 last year against the Eagles.