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University of Montana guard Sophia Stiles attempts to block an opponent during the first half of a game versus Grand Canyon University in Dahlberg Arena on November 19, 2019. The Lady Griz beat the Grand Canyon Antelopes 72-67.

Two days after a close loss to nationally-ranked Gonzaga, the Lady Griz traveled across Washington from Spokane for its fourth game of the season against the Seattle University Redhawks. Montana earned its second win this year after a competitive 61-55 victory on Dec. 15 over Seattle.

Contributions were made across the roster, with Abby Anderson ending with 12 points and five rebounds, and Hannah Thurmon providing early offense with nine points. Kyndall Keller led the Lady Griz with 17 points off the bench.

“[Keller] has been dealing with a little back issue lately, but she's a tough competitor. Just really proud of her,” UM head coach Mike Petrino said on KMPT radio after the game. 

Sophia Stiles continued her strong 2020 campaign by filling out the stat sheet with eight points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals. 

Montana came out scorching hot, jumping out 22-9 at the end of the first quarter off strong initial performances from Thurmon and Anderson.

The offense came to a halt to open the second quarter for both Montana and Seattle, but two Stiles layups and Thurmon’s third 3 of the half put the Lady Griz up 11 at the half.

The third quarter proved to be difficult for Montana. Bree Calhoun of Seattle dropped 12 of her game high 23 points in the first five minutes of the quarter and cut the Lady Griz lead down to just three, despite a small scoring burst from Anderson to open on the other side of the ball. 

Keller had been quiet up until this point, with just one three in the first quarter, but her eight points in the last four minutes of the third quarter helped push the lead back up to ten entering the fourth.

She continued to provide offense in the fourth quarter, including another three with under four minutes left to put the Lady Griz back up eight after a small push by Seattle. A quick follow up layup by Stiles sealed the game as Montana went back up by ten. 

Montana ended up shooting 43% from the field and 42% from three. They successfully locked up Seattle from long range, holding the Redhawks to a lowly 3-22 from three. 

Ball movement was the key to today’s victory, with Montana racking up 19 assists. Seattle only recorded 7.

Montana will have a six day break before hosting the 2-0 Utah Valley Wolverines on Dec. 21st, its second home game of the season. The Griz are 1-0 in Missoula so far. 

The Lady Griz are now 2-2, with wins against North Dakota and Seattle and losses to ranked Gonzaga and Utah State. Utah State lost to Seattle earlier in the season.