MISSOULA, Mont. -

It was a battle of the top two teams in the Big Sky conference as the Lady Griz hosted rival Montana State Saturday afternoon. Montana took a seven point lead seven minutes into the game, but that was the high-water mark for the Lady Griz.

Over the next 10 minutes the Bobcats held Montana without a field goal for nearly 10 minutes. Between the 13:26 mark of the first half until the 3:55 mark of the first half, the Lady Griz missed 15 straight shots and turned the ball over six times.

Montana State went into the half with a 30-25 lead, in the second half the Bobcats went up by as many as 14, but the Lady Griz were able to cut the lead back down to three. Each time their lead was threatened, the Bobcats answered and in the process won their sixth straight game and knocked off Montana at Dahlberg Arena for the third time in four seasons.

There were many firsts for the Lady Griz, for the first time this season Montana turned the ball over more times than its opponent, their bench was outscored for the first time in 11 games, and it was the team's first loss by more than two points since November.

MSU ended the game shooting 33 percent from the floor, while holding Montana to 30 percent and forcing 19 Lady Griz turnovers. The win gives MSU an 8-1 road record this season, and more importantly, gives the Bobcats sole possession atop the Big Sky Conference standings. With Northern Colorado losing at Eastern Washington at Cheney, Wash., Saturday afternoon 63-38, the win was extra special for the Bobcats, who can now look behind them and see Montana with two league losses and everyone else with at least three.

Montana State will play at Weber State next Thursday night in Ogden, Utah, while the Lady Griz will be on the road for a 3 game stretch starting with Southern Utah Monday night in Cedar City, Utah.