Long Beach State Falls at Montana
Senior guard Cecily Wilson named to All-Tournament Team after notching a double-double
MISSOULA, Mont. -- The Long Beach State women's basketball team came up just short at Montana as the Beach dropped a 67-60 decision in the final game of the Lady Griz Classic. Despite the loss, senior guard Cecily Wilson was named to the All-Tournament Team after recording her first double-double of her career.
Wilson was solid on both ends of the ball as she tallied 13 points to go along with 10 rebounds, five assists, and four steals.
Long Beach State (1-7) was led on offense by freshman Shanaijah Davison who recorded 19 points in the game, while adding five boards, two assists and one steal.
Montana (2-5) struggled in the first quarter as LBSU took an early lead and eventually closed the opening frame on a 13-2 run to take a 19-13 lead into the second quarter.
After having shot nearly 40 percent in the first quarter, the Beach connected on just 3-of-11 field goals to shoot a mere 27.3 percent. LBSU's cold-shooting second quarter allowed the Beach to record just eight points in the frame as they went into halftime trailing 35-27.
The Beach came out from the break on fire as they shot a sizzling 57.1 percent from the field (8-for-14) for a total of 20 points in the third quarter to turn the eight-point deficit into a one-point lead (47-46) on a jumper by Wilson with 1:06 remaining. The LBSU lead was short-lived however, as Montana's Hailey Nicholson countered with a jumper of her own to give the Lady Griz a 48-47 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Long Beach State was once again hampered by a scoring drought in the fourth as they were held to just 28.6 percent (4-for-14) from the field. Meanwhile, Montana scored nine of its 19 fourth-quarter points on free throws and went on to win the game by a score of 67-60.
The Beach finished the game shooting 38.6 percent, while swiping 11 steals and forcing the Lady Griz into 19 turnovers.
Montana was led by McKenzie Johnston's 24-point performance. Johnston just missed a double-double as she had nine rebounds in the game to go along with six assists, and three steals. However, Johnston also committed eight turnovers.
Long Beach State travels to Phoenix, Ariz., for the final contest of its six-game road trip as the Beach take on Grand Canyon on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. (PT).
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