MISSOULA, Mont. - Montana ran out to a 10-2 advantage over Washington State to start the game and controlled the tempo the rest of the contest en route to the 90-78 home win in the first round of the WNIT Wednesday night inside Dahlberg Arena.
Montana was able to look like the superior team despite playing without two of their starters. Torry Hill's season ended after suffering a knee injury in the Big Sky Conference title game over the weekend. Meanwhile Carly Selvig left with knee injury in the opening moments of Wednesday night's contest and did not return.
"It's getting old," said Lady Griz head coach Robin Selvig. "Carly goes down with a blown knee now and so we were thinned out inside right away."
Junior guard Kellie Cole provided plenty of offense in the early going for Montana and finished with game-highs of 22 points and 9 assists. Senior forward Jordan Sullivan recorded her 7th career double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
"It's just fun, winning is fun," said Sullivan. "Our team enjoyed it, we hope we play here again but if we go on the road we better play hard there too."
"We wanted to redeem ourselves after North Dakota," said Cole. "That was a hard game just because we come off of two really tough games before that so I think we were just a lot more worn out than they were. I think we wanted to prove ourselves and show that we could beat a PAC-12 team."
Montana now advances to the WNIT round of 32 and will host San Diego inside Dahlberg Arena on Monday, March 24.