The season came to an end for Montana inside Dahlberg Arena on Monday night as the Lady Griz fell to San Diego 60-57 in second wound action of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT).
Montana finished the game with a slightly better field goal percentage at 39.6%, compared to 39.3% for the Toreros. However the Lady Griz coughed up the ball far too many times and lost the turnover battle 21-14.
In fact it was a late turnover that spelled doom for Montana in the final moments of action. The Lady Griz trailed 57-55 with possession in the final 22 seconds, but an errant pass out of bounds forced Montana to play the “fouling game”. San Diego was able to officially grab the win and advance to the WNIT Sweet 16 when Jordan Sullivan missed a last chance game-tying three as time expired.
San Diego’s Amy Kame led all scorers with 25 points in the contest. The senior guard went 11-of-26 from the floor and a perfect 3-of-3 from the free throw line.
Junior guard Kellie Cole paced Montana’s offense for the second straight tournament contest. Cole finished with 16 points thanks to a very efficient 5-of-9 shooting from the floor.
The silver lining in the loss for Montana is that they were able to play this close and this far into a national tournament despite their injury woes. The Lady Griz were without starters Torry Hill and Carly Selvig . The senior point guard Hill missed both tournament games after injuring her knee in the Big Sky Conference title game against North Dakota. Junior forward Carly Selvig suffered her knee injury in the opening moments of Montana’s 1st round tournament win over Washington State.