Photo Gallery: Lady Griz vs. Carroll College Knights

By AUSTIN SMITH

An unusually large crowd of purple-toting Knight fans staked out a corner of Dahlberg Arena Tuesday evening, only to be sent back to Helena in shame after the Lady Griz leveraged an early-season shellacking on Carroll College.

Robin Selvig’s squad came out strong and didn’t let up, outscoring the Knights 30-14 in the first period and dominating the boards through the second’s final whistle.

A fearless Katie Baker rallied her team against an extremely physical Carroll group, leading Montana in minutes-played and orders-yelled as she directed her teammates from both the bench and the hardwood.

Freshman guard Shanae Gilham and her senior counterpart, Kenzie De Boer, led the Lady Griz scoring column with nine points and one steal apiece. Gilham was an offensive threat throughout, driving the lane without hesitation for several successful step-back jumpers. Montana’s outside game was almost non-existent, the “women in white” shooting only 5-16 from the three point line.

The Knights looked mount a comeback mid-way through the second period but were ultimately out of luck, despite a run of well-aimed three pointers and penetrating defense. The second period’s score tables were a bit more balanced (42-31, Montana), but the damage was done and the Lady Griz coasted to a well-earned 72-45 victory.

Selvig and the Lady Griz will look to extend their winning streak to two games next Monday, November 5, when they host the Minot State Beavers at Dahlberg Arena. They will then travel cross-country to Philadelphia, Penn., to face the Temple Owls on November 9.

 

Maggie Rickman lines up a free throw mid-way through the first period. Rickman was 0-2 at the line, but contributed six points and seven rebounds before the final whistle blew.

Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., October 30th, 2012.
Maggie Rickman lines...
Montana point guard Torry Hill looks upcourt to Kenzie De Boer (#10) during Tuesday's exhibition against Carroll College.  The Lady Griz opened their 2012-13 season with a 72-45 win over the Saints.

Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., October 30th, 2012.
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Lady Griz forward Katie Baker takes an elbow to the face as she drives the lane during Tuesday's game.  Baker was a force to be reckoned with, tallying eight points, four rebounds, and two blocks.  Baker was also a vocal leader, supporting her team and directing traffic from both the bench and the floor.

Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., October 30th, 2012.
Lady Griz forward Ka...
Lady Griz Torry Hill (#2) and Katie Baker look upcourt with the clock winding down in the second period of Tuesday's contest against the Carroll College Knights.  

Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., October 30th, 2012.
Lady Griz Torry Hill...
Lady Griz Head Coach Robin Selvig calls out plays as the relief squad prepares to take the court.Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., October 30th, 2012.
Lady Griz Head Coach...
Jordan Sullivan, junior Lady Griz forward from Sidney, Mont., comes down with a rebound late in the second period of Tuesday's season opener against Carroll College.  Sullivan logged seven points and five rebounds en route to a 72-45 victory over the Knights.Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., October 30th, 2012.
Jordan Sullivan, jun...
Sophomore forward Maggie Rickman goes hard for another two points in the paint as Carroll's Bailey Smelling pursues.

Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., October 30th, 2012.
Sophomore forward Ma...
Carly Selvig, standout sophomore forward for the Lady Griz, turns the corner on Carroll's Jordan Johnston late in Tuesday's season opener.  Montana came out on top 72-45, helped along by Selvig's team-high four blocks.

Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., October 30th, 2012.
Carly Selvig, stando...
Shanae Gilham, a freshman forward from Bozeman, Mont., drives towards the rim without hesitation as the clock winds down on Montana's 2012-13 season opener.  Gilham's nine points and two rebounds helped the Lady Griz beat the Carroll College Knights 72-45.

Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., October 30th, 2012.
Shanae Gilham, a fre...

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Austin Smith is a 21-year resident of the Missoula area, and an ardent fisherman, hunter, and snowboarder. When not working on the University of Montana campus, taking classes in the Journalism program, or contributing to the social media efforts of several local organizations, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his Akita and his family.