Lady Griz fall short of NCAA tourney bid


MISSOULA, Mont. - Women's tournament in Grand Forks, North Dakota

Saturday afternoon the Lady Griz had their season come to a close after losing to North Dakota 72-55 in the Big Sky Conference Championship. Montana was down early in the contest and the Lady Griz were never able to catch up to UND. North Dakota went to the half with a 35-27 lead and it was a very similar second half. North Dakota finished the second half outscoring Montana 37-28 and in the end UND picked up the victory 72-55.

Friday Montana faced a Southern Utah team it split with during the regular season. After losing to the Thunderbirds the last time these two teams met the Lady Griz got redemption Friday beating Southern Utah 73-69. Former Anaconda Copperhead Torry Hill led all Griz with 22 points and former Bozeman Hawk Kellie Cole followed that with 13. Montana will face host North Dakota in Saturday's championship game.

Thursday the Lady Griz played instate rival Montana State for the third time this season. The result was the same for the Lady Griz as it was in the previous two meetings, UM won Thursday's quarterfinal game 75-66 over MSU.

Thursday 1st Round 7 Sacramento St. 78 2 Southern Utah 86 W 6 Montana St. 66 3 Montana 75 W 5 Idaho St. 65 4 Eastern Washington 70 W Friday Games Semifinals 4 Eastern Washington 53 1 North Dakota 78 W 3 Montana 73 W 2 Southern Utah 69 Saturday Championship 3 Montana 55 1 North Dakota 72 W

Men's tournament in Ogden, Utah

In the men's conference tournament the two time defending Big Sky Conference champion Montana Grizzlies faced Portland State in the opening round. But the Vikings were too strong down the stretch and recorded the 70-63 victory. Entering Thursday night's game the Grizzlies had won Big Sky tournament titles three of the last four years. With the loss the Griz failed to advance to the tourney's championship game for the first time in the past five seasons.

Thursday 1st Round 7 Sacramento St. 76 2 North Dakota 79 W 6 Northern Colorado 62 W 3 Northern Arizona 60 5 Portland St. 70 W 4 Montana 63 Friday Games Semifinals 6 Northern Colorado 63 1 Weber St. 66 W (OT) 5 Portland St. 63 2 North Dakota 79 W Saturday Championship 2 North Dakota 67 1 Weber St. 88 W