MISSOULA, Mont. —
Senior psychology major Kourtney Eaton
became UC Davis' all-time leader in career assists, finishing with five on the day to push her total to 450, while eight different players found their way into the scoring column, but UC Davis could not hold back a fourth quarter Montana rally, as the Lady Griz posted a 62-56 victory over the Aggies in the championship game of the Lady Griz Classic on Sunday.
Eaton's performance pushed her past Head Coach Jennifer Gross
for the all-time lead, resetting a mark that had stood since 1997. The record-breaking assist came, fittingly, on a three-pointer by her twin sister, Karley, at the 4:45 mark of the fourth quarter, staking the Aggies to a five-point lead at the time.
added eight points and four rebounds to go with her five assists, earning a spot on the all-tournament team along with teammate Morgan Bertsch
, who finished with 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds to collect her 43rd consecutive double-digit scoring performance and the 93rd such game in 108 career appearances.
Junior Cierra McKeown
was also in double figures, falling just one point shy of her career high with 11 points.
The Aggies (3-5 overall) led by as many six points on numerous occasions, the last coming with 7:29 remaining in the game on a basket inside by Bertsch. The two teams went back-and-forth, trading baskets before Karley Eaton's
three-pointer put UC Davis up, 53-48, just before the media timeout.
A quick three by Montana from the left corner out of the break tied it, and a free throw line pull-up jumper by Katie Mayhue put the Lady Griz ahead for the first time since the 4:36 mark of the second quarter.
answered with her third three-pointer of the night following a UC Davis timeout, but that would be the final points for the Aggies, as tournament MVP Jace Henderson scored inside to key a 7-0 run over the final 2:47 — part of a larger 14-3 burst over the final 4:22 — that powered the Lady Griz to the win.
Montana led after the first 10 minutes of the game, closing on a 13-4 run to stake themselves to a six-point lead. UC Davis answered back in a big way, outscoring the Lady Griz by 11 in the second quarter, erasing a five-point deficit with a 10-4 run capped by a Sophia Song
three-pointer to regain the lead, 25-24.
The Aggies then scored five of the final six points in the quarter to lead, 30-25, at the break.
UC Davis attempted 40 shots from beyond the arc, breaking the school single-game record of 39 set against San Francisco on Nov. 29, 2013.
Closing out a four-game road swing, the Aggies head across the Causeway to take on Sacramento State on Friday (Dec. 7) at 7 p.m., then return home to host Seattle on Sunday (Dec. 9) at 1 p.m.
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