Photo Gallery: Lady Griz Trounce MSU-Northern 75-45

By AUSTIN SMITH

Freshman Shanae Gilham earned her second ‘Player of the Game’ honors Tuesday evening as the Lady Griz trounced the MSU-Northern Skylights 75-45 for their third win this season.

Gilham’s dominance buoyed Montana over a ferocious full-court press from the Skylights that seemed to last all night.  The first year guard tied Katie Baker with 12 points, led her team with three assists, and placed a cherry on top of the Lady Griz win with a clutch steal late in the second period that visibly deflated the MSU bench.

Short an injured Maggie Rickman, ‘Selvig’s Sirens’ leapt ahead early in the first period and matched the Skylights’ defensive intensity from start to finish.   MSU-Northern struggled to retain possession, crumbling in the face of 20 total turnovers and only seven offensive rebounds.

The Lady Griz also lagged early on the offensive boards, missing several second-chance opportunities before being revived by senior guard Kenzie De Boer’s automatic low-block jumper and Jordan Sullivan’s persistent paint work.

Sullivan initially struggled to make herself some room down low but by halftime was nonchalantly netting rebounds, ultimately tallying nine boards and eight points for the contest.  Alyssa Smith, Kellie Cole, and De Boer each added 10 points to the coffer, doing their part to avoid a repeat of last week’s tough loss to the Temple Owls.

The Lady Griz will head to Sin City next week to participate in the UNLV Lady Rebel Roundup, and will return to Dahlberg Arena November 29th to host the Idaho Vandals for the 32nd Lady Griz Classic.

Sophomore forward Carly Selvig of Glendive, Mont. clutches her shoulder after an off-ball collision mid-way through the second period of Tuesday's victory over MSU-Northern.  Selvig suffered a slight bruise and returned to play with roughly five minutes left, finishing the game with seven points, three rebounds, and two assists.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., November 13th, 2012.
Sophomore forward Ca...
Sophomore guard Kellie Cole fights through the hands of two MSU-Northern defenders en route to two of her ten points in Tuesday's 75-45 victory.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., November 13th, 2012.
Sophomore guard Kell...
The Senior Team from Summit Cheering Athletics in Missoula performed a halftime routine Tuesday night as the Lady Griz enjoyed a 75-45 victory over the MSU-Northern Skylights.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., November 13th, 2012.
The Senior Team from...
Lady Griz forward Carly Selvig fights for one of her two defensive rebounds Tuesday evening in the face of MSU-Northern's Laci Keller.  Selvig dominated the paint, leading the Lady Griz with five of the team's ten blocks.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., November 13th, 2012.
Lady Griz forward Ca...
UM Spirit Squad members Mike Huus, right, and Ian Kirchoff make some serious noise during one of MSU-Northern's offensive possessions Tuesday evening.  The Spirit Squad stepped up its sound output this season, now rivaling the band on nights of lesser crowd turnout.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., November 13th, 2012.
UM Spirit Squad memb...
Player of the Game Shanae Gilham lays in another two points as MSU-Northern's Rachelle Bennett pursues.  Gilham was unstoppable, scoring a team-high 12 points and three assists.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., November 13th, 2012.
Player of the Game S...
Lady Griz point guard Torry Hill moves the ball downcourt in the face of MSU-Northern's omnipotent full-court press, propogated by sophomore Skylight guard Taylor Cummings and her freshman counterpart Kacie McKeon.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., November 13th, 2012.
Lady Griz point guar...
Jordan Sullivan looks for a pass as the second period of Tuesday's 75-45 victory winds to a close.  Sullivan was quite the defensive force throughout the contest, walking away with eight points, nine rebounds, two steals, and two assists.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., November 13th, 2012.
Jordan Sullivan look...

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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.