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UCLA vs. Montana at a glance

The Grizzlies earned an automatic berth by winning the Big Sky Conference tournament.

March 14, 2011|By Gary Klein

No. 3 UCLA (27-4) vs. No. 14 Montana (18-14)

SATURDAY, 3:30 P.M., AT SPOKANE, WASH.

TV: ESPN2

How they got here: UCLA finished second in the Pacific 10 Conference behind Stanford, which defeated the Bruins three times, including in the conference tournament championship game; Montana earned an automatic bid after winning the Big Sky Conference tournament.

Last 10 games: UCLA, 8-2; Montana, 7-3.

Best wins/worst losses: UCLA defeated Notre Dame, 86-83, in double overtime at South Bend, Ind., but lost to Stanford three times, including a 64-55 defeat in the Pac-10 tournament championship game Saturday after leading by nine points at halftime. Montana lost consecutive November games at UC Riverside, 52-34, and Cal State Bakersfield, 74-54, but beat Portland State, 62-58, in the Big Sky tournament championship game after losing to Portland State, 70-65, on Feb. 24, and 53-47, on March 3.

Common opponent: Montana State. UCLA won, 54-44, at Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 5. Montana lost, 72-69, on Jan. 22, but won, 56-55, at Montana State on Jan. 29.

UCLA's lineup: Starters — F Markel Walker (8.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg); F Jasmine Dixon (11.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg); G Darxia Morris (12.3 ppg); G Doreena Campbell (9.9 ppg); G Atonye Nyingfa (9 ppg, 5.2 rpg). Top reserve — Rebekah Gardner (7.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg).

Montana's lineup: Starters — F Sarah Ena (8.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg); F Alyssa Smith (4.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg); F Jessa Linford (5.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg); G Stephanie Stender (7.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg); G Kenzie DeBoer (8.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg). Top reserve — Katie Baker (11.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg)

Stat watch: Montana took 445 three-point shots and made nearly 34%. UCLA tried only 230 three-point shots and made 28%.

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