Poor Second Half Dooms Boise State at Montana in 72-51 Women's Basketball Loss

MISSOULA, Mont. (12/7/08) A poor second half performance doomed Boise State in a 21-point, 72-51, loss at Montana Sunday afternoon in Missoula, Mont.  The Broncos trailed the Lady Griz by four-points, 33-29, at the half before the floor fell out from under Boise State who was outscored 39-22 in the final 20 minutes. 

The first half was close from the tip as neither team could pull away from the other trading nine lead changes along with six ties. The game remained a four-point contest throughout the first 20 minutes with Montana taking a four-point advantage into the halftime break up 33-29.

Marisa Stotler and Jamia Malone teamed up for 20 of the Broncos 29 first half points, with 11 and nine respectively.

Unfortunately, everything went wrong in the second period for Boise State. Montana came out firing to open the final half. After missing all their 3-point shots (0-11) in the first half, the Lady Griz opened the second hitting their first five threes as they rolled off a 23-4 run in the first eight minutes of the period and never looked back.

Before the Broncos could blink the Lady Griz had sprinted out to a game-high 23-point lead at 56-33 with 12 minutes to play. Boise State tried to regroup for a final run but was unable to pull any closer than 16 points the rest of the way.

Boise State continues to get hit by the injury bug, this time Melissa Rima was sidelined after suffering a blow to the head during practice Saturday afternoon. However, the Broncos did see the first action of the year by junior forward Rebecca Kepilino who played nine minutes recording three rebounds and one assist.

Stotler led Boise State on the day with a team-high 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting, she added two rebounds, one block, and one steal in 17 minutes of action. Jamie Malone and Courtney VanBrocklin each added 10 points. Malone also had four rebounds, two assists and one steal, while VanBrocklin finished with four boards, two assists and four steals. No one else had more than five points for Boise State.

Montana had four players in double-digit points led by Mandy Morales with a double-double on 20 points and 14 rebounds. Sonya Rogers added 20 points, four boards, two assists, one block, and three steals. Sarah Ena and Jessa Linford each added 10 points.

On the day, Boise State shot 32 percent from the floor, 22 percent (4-18) from the 3-point arc, and 35.7 percent (5-14) from the free-throw line. The last time the Broncos shot so poor from the charity stripe was a 33 percent (2-6) performance on December 3, 2006 at the University of San Diego.

Montana shot 42 percent from the court, 24 percent (5-21) from the arc, and 75 percent (15-20) from the foul line. The Lady Griz out rebounded the Broncos 49-to-39.

The loss snaps a two-game win streak for Boise State who falls to 4-5 on the year. Montana improves to 5-2 overall. Up next for the Broncos is a Wednesday night encounter with instate rival Idaho State in Taco Bell Arena at Boise, tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (Mountain). 


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