Carli Moreland led SUU with 12 points
SUU Strategic Communications

Southern Utah Falls at Montana, 70-54

February 28, 2013
By SUU Strategic Communication

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MISSOULA, Mont., Feb. 28 – Southern Utah (13-14, 7-10 BSC) fell to Big Sky leader Montana (20-6, 14-3 BSC) on the road by a final score of 70-54 on Thursday. The Thunderbirds remain in sole possession of final conference tournament spot as eighth-place Northern Arizona (7-19, 6-11) also suffered a 67-46 setback at Idaho State.

After falling behind 6-1 early on, the Thunderbirds quickly rallied to pull back within one on a Carli Moreland layup after five minutes of play. Montana went ahead again however as Shanae Gilham capped a 9-1 run with a shot from the outside to make the score 15-6 in favor of the Grizzlies.

Southern Utah cut the deficit to five with back-to-back baskets from freshman Lori Parkinson and a Tayler Anderson jumper brought the score to 27-24 with just over three minutes remaining in the first half. Two more threes for Gilham and then a third from Torry Hill helped the Grizzlies go into the break up by ten however, leading SUU, 36-26.

Montana recorded the first nine points of the second half to stretch its advantage to 45-26. Hill connected again on a shot from behind the arc during the run and Kenzie De Boer capped the streak with a jumper near the 17-minute mark to give the home team its largest lead of the game to that point.

The margin grew to as many as 21 before SUU worked to trim the it down to 57-41 on a pair of free throws for Moreland halfway through the period. The Thunderbirds then continued to work to tighten things up, and a 9-1 run near the seven-minute mark brought the score within 10. Andrea Jones sunk a three during the latter part of the stretch and Parkinson capped it off with a jumper as Southern Utah trailed 64-54 with two-and-a-half minutes to play.

That basket would prove to be the last score of the night for the T-Birds however as Montana went on to win by a final tally of 70-54.

SUU shot 40.4 percent in the game but was just 3-12 from beyond the arc. The Grizzlies went 41.7 percent from the field while connecting on 5-11 from three. Southern Utah held a 36-33 rebounding advantage, but turned the ball over 24 times giving Montana 22 points off turnovers.

Moreland led the T-Birds with 12 points on the night while Parkinson and Desiree Jackson each added 11. De Boer recorded 18 for the Grizzlies who got another 11 from Gilham.

Southern Utah now prepares for its final road contest of the regular season, a Monday night meeting with Montana State. The T-Birds and Bobcats will tip things off in Bozeman at 7:00 p.m. Coverage of the game is available at