Montana went down to Michigan as expected 61-47. The Griz led 10-0, but really struggled to get any offense going after that point. Only scoring 2 points in the first 10 minutes of the second half ultimately did them in.
For the third straight year, the Big Sky went down hard in the first round of the WNIT as Idaho lost to UC Davis 82-62. Davis outshot the Vandals 56%-39% from the field and 45%-23% from the arc. Morgan Bertsch led the way with 27 points on 80% shooting for the Aggies.
Weber moved to 4-1 all-time in the WBI after beating Texas Southern in Houston 66-56. The Wildcats outscored the Tigers 20-8 in the fourth quarter to clinch the victory. Larryn Brooks went 8/13 from the arc and had 26 points to lead the Wildcats. Kaitlyn Palmer had 29 points for TSU, but she only shot 36% from the field. This game also had only 12 total free-throw attempts, a low number considering how whistle-happy SWAC games seem to be on average. This victory sets up a War of the Purple as Weber will head to Conway to play Central Arkansas Monday.
Also, as an aside, Idaho's Taylor Pierce finished the season with a Big Sky single-season record 137 three pointers and currently holds the Big Sky career record with 318 (she's only a junior). Pierce & teammate Mikayla Ferenz also set the NCAA record for combined three-pointers by two teammates (266). There were actually 3 Big Sky players that shattered the previous record for single-season threes: Pierce (137), Ferenz (129), & Larryn Brooks (120 & counting)—the previous record was only 95, set by Weber's Kailie Quinn 2 years ago. Three players also shattered the previous career record for three pointers (254-Katie Bussey): Pierce (318), Ferenz (299), and Sac State's Maranne Johnson (299). Pierce & Ferenz are, of course, not done with their careers.