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Montana Lady Griz fend off Weber State rally, win 3rd game in a row

Abby Anderson
Posted at 2:08 PM, Feb 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-13 16:08:01-05

The Montana Lady Griz defeated Weber State 58-57 in Ogden, Utah on Saturday afternoon to complete a season sweep of the Wildcats.

Sophia Stiles poured in a double-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, while Abby Anderson and Kyndall Keller each added 10 points for the Lady Griz (10-7, 7-5 Big Sky Conference) who won their third game in a row.

Aloma Solovi and Kori Pentzer each scored 11 points to lead Weber State (0-15, 0-12).

Montana started out quickly and appeared on its way to a dominant win after heading into halftime up 39-22. But Weber State rallied furiously in the second half, as the Wildcats cut it to a 49-45 game headed into the fourth quarter. During that stretch, Montana struggled, shooting just 2 for 12 from the field and committing four turnovers.

Weber State used a 7-0 run to start the fourth quarter to take a 52-49 lead two minutes in, but Keller buried a 3-pointer to tie the game not long after. Stiles would give UM a 54-53 lead, but Weber State responded with a 3-pointer to make it 56-54 Wildcats. However, Anderson converted a layup of her own on the next possession, and it was tied 56-all with 2:37 left.

Kori Pentzer went 1 for 2 at the free throw line with 2:16 to go, but again it was Anderson who eventually scored the go-ahead bucket and final point of the game with another layup at the 1:48 mark. Neither team was able to score down the stretch, and Weber State's final jumper to try and take the lead missed with two seconds to go, and Stiles corralled the rebound to seal the win for Montana while Weber State remained winless.

Anderson finished the game with five rebounds and four blocks while Carmer Gfeller added eight points and nine rebounds for the Lady Griz who shot 32.8% from the field and 4 for 16 from deep. Montana shot just 6 for 28 from the field in the second half after starting out 13 for 30 en route to building its big lead. Hannah Thurmon and Madi Schoening each added seven points for the Lady Griz.

Weber State finished shooting 31.7% from the field and 7 for 18 from 3-point range.

Montana hosts Eastern Washington on Thursday and will travel to Cheney, Washington, on Saturday for its second matchup with the Eagles.