Photo Gallery Lady Griz vs Wyoming

By AUSTIN SMITH

Senior guard Kenzie De Boer shot a career high 29 points on Thursday night en route to a heartbreaking 58-56 non-conference loss to the Wyoming Cowgirls.

The sluggish Lady Griz, who played with a contrastingly fierce attitude during last weekend’s Classic, opened against the Cowgirls with two missed shots and a failed fast break attempt.  Wyoming jumped out to an early two-bucket lead and seemed to be gaining steam until De Boer hit the first of her four total three pointers.

Fast forward to the final two minutes, and the song remains the same.  By this time Montana’s usually precise ball movement had buckled under the Cowgirls’ defensive pressure, and Wyoming maintained a steady lead after capitalizing on nearly every possession.

The board read 54-55 in favor of Wyoming with 1:28 on the clock.  Woodward nailed her fourth and final perimeter bucket (54-58), followed by two missed Montana shots and another Cowgirl rebound.  De Boer got in front of the ensuing possession and forced a jump ball, a heads-up play that disrupted Wyoming’s rhythm and subsequently lead to a turnover.

De Boer scored again to make it 56-58 with nine seconds left, after which Montana tipped the inbounds pass and regained possession on a second jump ball.  Looking for overtime, De Boer was fed for the drive but her tying shot bounced dismally off the rim and the Lady Griz were let down to 7-3 in non-conference play.

De Boer and company won’t return to home court until Sunday, December 16th, when they’ll face the Denver Pioneers in their final non-conference matchup of this season.

 

Katie Baker, left, and Maggie Rickman try to pick Chaundra Sewell's pocket in the second half of Thursday's loss.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., December 6th, 2012.
Katie Baker, left, a...
Starting point guard Torry Hill drives against Wyoming's Chelan Landry late in Thursday's game.  Hill struggled throughout, tallying zero points, four assists, and a single rebound.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., December 6th, 2012.
Starting point guard...
Sophomore Carly Selvig fights for one of her four total rebounds against senior Wyoming powerhouse Ashley Sickles (#13).  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., December 6th, 2012.
Sophomore Carly Selv...
McCalle Feller, left, Kellie Cole, Alexandra Hurley, Maggie Rickman, and Carly Selvig cheer for Kenzie De Boer from the bench Thursday evening.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., December 6th, 2012.
McCalle Feller, left...
Lil' Mo is dragged off the court by one UM's Spirit Squad members during the second half of Montana's 58-56 loss.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., December 6th, 2012.
Lil' Mo is drag...
Monte does the 'Bear-Step' with Dea Hurlbert, who sat courtside for Thursday evening's matchup.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., December 6th, 2012.
Monte does the '...
Kenzie De Boer had a career-high 29 point game on Thursday, unfortunately not enough to overcome Wyoming's 41 defensive rebounds and unrelenting perimeter attack.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., December 6th, 2012.
Kenzie De Boer had a...
Jordan Sullivan defends against Wyoming's Fallon Lewis in the first half of Thursday's 58-56 loss.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., December 6th, 2012.
Jordan Sullivan defe...
Lady Griz head coach Robin Selvig calls for a timeout Thursday evening.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., December 6th, 2012.
Lady Griz head coach...
Members of the Bitterroot Gymnastics team entertain the crowd with high-flying acrobatic stunts during halftime.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., December 6th, 2012.
Members of the Bitte...
Dahlberg Arena, pep band style.  Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Mont., December 6th, 2012.
Dahlberg Arena, pep ...