Lady Griz hold off Bengals 76-67


MISSOULA, Mont. - The Lady Griz basketball team picked up a 76-67 win over Idaho State Saturday afternoon behind guard Kellie Cole's career-high 27 points. Montana jumped out to a 12-0 lead and never looked back in the contest, the Lady Griz went to the half with a 47-35 lead. Idaho State did try to make a late comeback attempt, cutting the lead down to two with two and a half minutes to play, but Montana was able to hold on to get the 76-67 victory. Cole, who was held scoreless Thursday at Weber State, helped keep Montana in a tie for second with a career afternoon Saturday. She hit 11 of her 17 shots and produced a balanced scoring game, with 13 points in the first half and 14 in the second. Torry Hill also played a big role in Montana getting the win over the Bengals. Hill scored 19 points and dished out a game-high six assists with only one turnover while playing all 40 minutes. The win gave the Lady Griz a split of its two-game road trip and provided Montana the rebound it desperately needed after Thursday night's disappointing two-point loss at Weber State. With the win the Lady Griz keep themselves in the three-team conversation about hosting the Big Sky Conference postseason tournament. Montana has upcoming road games at Southern Utah and Montana State before closing at home with Sacramento State and Northern Arizona.