Lady Griz lock down in exhibition victory
Oct. 30, 2012
Montana shot 49.2 percent and got balanced scoring from 11 of the 12 players who saw action Tuesday night in the Lady Griz' 72-45 exhibition-game victory over Carroll at Dahlberg Arena.
Montana will host Minot State on Monday in its second and final exhibition game before opening the regular season on Friday, Nov. 9, at Temple.
The Lady Griz reached 72 points against the Fighting Saints despite not having a single player reach double-figure scoring. Carroll's Bailey Snelling was actually the game's leading scorer with 11 points.
What Montana did have was balance. Eleven players scored, and nine of them scored between six and nine points.
Defensively Montana limited Carroll to 25.5-percent shooting. The Lady Griz jumped out to a 30-14 halftime lead after holding the Fighting Saints to just 3-of-22 shooting (.136) in the first half.
"I was really pleased with our defensive intensity tonight," UM coach Robin Selvig said. "They are a hard team to guard, because they have you running all over the place, but we worked hard and really communicated."
Carroll found clear looks inside the 3-point line hard to come by. The Lady Griz had 10 blocks, including four from sophomore Carly Selvig and two from senior Katie Baker, and Carroll made just four of its 34 attempts (.118) from inside the 3-point line.
Outside the line was another story. The Fighting Saints went 10 for 21 (.476) from 3-point range and used the deep ball to stay in the game the opening eight minutes of the second half.
But three straight baskets by sophomore Maggie Rickman and a jumper in the paint by junior Jordan Sullivan pushed the lead to 27 points, 57-30, and Carroll wouldn't close to within 20 the rest of the game.
"I thought for our first exhibition game we executed pretty well," Selvig said. "We do return five starters and a bunch of kids who played a lot of minutes last year, so we probably performed a little better in some areas than we normally would in an exhibition game."
Holding a comfortable lead allowed Selvig to go to his bench liberally. Seven players came off the bench and played between nine and 17 minutes, and all of them scored except for freshman McCalle Feller, who aided the cause with a pair of assists.
"We were going to play everybody, but I didn't know we were going to be able to play everybody that much because you never know how the game is going to go," Selvig said.
"All the new kids did some good stuff, so it was fun for them. I thought for the most part all the kids could feel good about themselves. Everybody had some positives, and everybody probably had a few negatives as well."
The Lady Griz and Beavers will tip off at 7 p.m. Monday at Dahlberg Arena.
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