Montana edges by Portland St.
Lady Griz earn third trip to the NCAA tournament in four years
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Stephanie Stender and Kenzie De Boer each scored 11 points to lead Montana to a 62-58 win against Portland State on Saturday in the championship game of the Big Sky Conference tournament.
Sarah Ena added 10 points as the Lady Griz (18-14) earned their third trip to the NCAA tournament in four years. Stender was named the tournament's MVP.
Montana held Portland State scoreless over a 6 1/2-minute stretch late in the second half and forced the Vikings into 5-for-22 shooting from 3-point range. Portland State was ahead 52-46 with just over 8 minutes to play but missed its next nine shots and didn't score again until 1:32 remained.
Eryn Jones scored 19 points and Kelli Valentine added 14 for the top-seeded Vikings (20-11), who snapped an 11-game home win streak and lost for the first time this season against a conference opponent.