Nearly ready to go here at Dahlberg Arena. Starting lineups being announced
Regular starting lineup for MSU: Stockton, Junkermier, Nordgaard, Hommes Dawkins.
For UM: Valley, Sima, Isaak, Vining, Isaak.
Really good crowd here as always. Grizzlies lead Big Sky in attendance almost every year, probably because this place is sweet.
Tip off foes to UM and we are underway...
Nordgaard with a jumper to get things going, then finds Hommes open for a layup. Nice start for 'Cats
MSU started 3-3 and has a 6-0 lead. Feller, out last 3 games, with a couple missed 3s.
Early, MSU moving the ball very well. Wide open shots on about every possession so far.
MSU leads 8-4 at 4:45 into first quarter.
MSU's defense doing a great job challenging passes. Lindsey Stockton looks aggressive on offense, but so far no points.
MSU leads 14-10 and is 4-4 from the FT line. 51 secs left in 1st
UM 5-16 from the floor. MSU 5-15.
Riley Nordgaard plays with a ton of energy, but sometimes, she's out of control. Showed on that last possession where she drove into the lane and tried to pass to Peyton Ferris, but barreled into a defender and was called for an offensive foul.
UM collected two offensive rebounds and ties the game at 14, 8:00 into the 2nd.
Grizzlies 8-23, 0-5 from 3, and have attempted 0 free throws.
Bobcats 5-17, 0-1 from 3 and 4-4 from FT line.
Really, an ugly game for both teams offensively.
Feller nails a 3, her first points. MSU turns the ball over at the other end.
Sims then strokes a turnaround jumper, all of a sudden its 21-14 Griz
First points for MSU in 2nd comes from a Dawkins jumper after about
4:30. Griz lead 21-16, 5:09.
A quarter like this is not out of the ordinary for MSU. In fact, Dawkins has been the only scorer in a quarter for maybe two games this year.
A UM fan about the refs: "You guys are something else."
A nice drive a layup through contact. Could hear a foul from where I'm sitting. Should have been an and-1. But UM hits a 3 on the other end and leads 28-20, 2:37 left to halftime.
A beautiful pick and pop from Caudill-Hommes, but Sims responds on the other end.
Crowd on its feet for last MSU poss.
Ball goes to Hommes, who drives and puts up a left handed shot. It gets stuck between backboard and rim. Feller jumps, hangs on rim and swats it loose.
A final half-court heave from Sierra Anderson just misses, and Griz lead 32-22 at intermission.
MSU: 8-26, 0-3 from 3, 6-6 from FT line. Hommes leads with 10 pts, five rebounds. Dawkins with 6 pts, Nordgaard 4 and Stockton 2.
UM: 14-33, 2-8 from 3, 2-2 from FT line. Valley and Sims each with 8.
Big stat looks like MSU with 10 turnovers. UM with just 3. Bobcats have edge in rebounding 21-16.
From 51 secs left in 1st quarter to 6:38 in 2nd, UM went on an 11-0 run. Tough stretch.
It's a good time to note with the 'Cats clearly out of sync that they haven't ever been able to win in Missoula. UM leads series at home 44-6. Binford has won at UM just three times in her 11 seasons.
Can hear Binford already after the game: Defense wasn't great, that usually leads to offense...
Hommes connects, then Valley hits on the other end. That's how it's gone for MSU since the outset.
Have never seen Ferris struggle like this. She just missed a wide open layup feet away from the rim. Usually automatic right there.
Ferris was 0-4 in the first. MSU bench didn't score. Most likely first time all season it's been held scoreless all year.
Best lineup on the floor now for MSU: Stockton, Caudill, Nordgaard, Hommes, Dawkins. Down by 12 with 3:59, and t hen Stockton hits a layup. 41-31.
..... on the other end. Hannah Doran a layup and-1.