Improved Eastern Washington to test Montana Lady Griz in makeup game Monday night | College Sports

MISSOULA — With an agonizing loss at Northern Arizona dropping them in the Big Sky Conference standings, each remaining league game turns into extra necessary for the Montana Lady Griz.Their aim is to end in the highest 5 in the Big Sky, thereby incomes a bye in the primary spherical of the convention basketball tourney, which begins in three weeks. Sacramento State, Montana and Northern Arizona are bunched up behind convention leaders Idaho State, Montana State and Southern Utah.The excellent news is the Lady Griz management their very own future when it comes to incomes a bye, they usually can do themselves a favor Monday night with a win at Eastern Washington. Montana whipped the Eagles in early January, however they’ve proven enchancment whereas the Lady Griz try to get the dangerous style out of their mouth following a 60-59 loss at NAU Thursday.It wasn’t simply the dropping that was robust for UM. It was the way in which it occurred, with the Jacks tying the game, 59-59, on a prayer inbounds play involving an alley-oop go from close to the scorer’s desk all the way in which down beneath the basket, the place Khiarica Rasheed hit a bunny. She then added an and-one free throw with four-tenths of a second left.

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“You know, our children battled. I’m pleased with them,” Montana coach Brian Holsinger stated. “We simply have to proceed to get higher.”The huge query heading into Monday’s game is whether or not senior guard Sammy Fatkin, who leads the Lady Griz in scoring at 13.4 ppg, will play on her tender ankle. She sat out two street video games final week, however Holsinger hoped to have her again for the three video games Montana performs this week.Her absence actually hurts on the offensive finish, the place she is able to taking on a game along with her fast strikes to the basket. She finishes higher than anybody else on the Montana staff, and she or he was taking part in her finest basketball simply prior to her Feb. 5 damage, scoring 24 factors at Montana State on Jan. 24 and 20 in a house win over Weber State on Feb. 3.Eastern Washington (3-10 convention, 5-17 general) misplaced at Idaho State Saturday, 79-62, however the Eagles did present promise Thursday with a 74-61 win at Weber State. Sophomore guard Jacinta Buckley scored a career-high 25 factors, and freshman wing Jaydia Martin added 19.”This was an excellent weekend general for us beginning with a street win on Thursday after which going toe-to-toe with the present league chief and defending champ, Idaho State,” EWU first-year coach Joddie Gleason stated. “We began the game sluggish (Saturday), however did a pleasant job of answering to reduce their lead to 5 at halftime. In the second half, we had the possibility to take the lead a number of occasions with beauty however simply couldn’t make the shot.”Following Monday’s game, Montana (7-5, 14-7) will play host to Idaho on Thursday night earlier than hitting the street once more for a makeup game at Portland State Saturday.Bill Speltz is Missoulian Sports Editor and has served as Sunday columnist the previous 15 years. Do you might have a narrative thought? Email Bill at [email protected]

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