Last-second free throws help Portland State down Montana State Bobcats

(Editor’s note: Montana State University press release)

BOZEMAN – Montana State had Portland State on the ropes leading by nine points entering the fourth quarter, but the Vikings out-scored the Bobcats 20-9 in the final frame to post a 55-53 win on a pair of Ashley Bolston free throws with four-seconds remaining, Thursday night in Viking Pavilion.

Montana State (7-6, 2-1) got out to an impressive 20-2 start shooting 42 percent from the field, while holding Portland State (9-2, 1-1) to just 17 percent. The Bobcats held a 20-7 lead after the opening period behind nine points from Claire Lundberg.

Despite being out-scored by the Vikings in the second quarter, MSU held a 44-35 advantage at intermission.

The two teams traded points in the third period and MSU took a 44-35 margin into the final 10-minutes.

Portland State opened the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run to pull to within 44-42 with 5:58 left on a Sidney Reilly jumper. A pair of Martha Kuderer free throws pushed MSU’s lead back to six points with 4:46 remaining, but PSU answered with a 6-0 run to even the contest.

The score was tied four times down the stretch. A pair of Kamden Hilborn free throws with 1:49 left gave MSU a 53-51 advantage. Bolston then nailed a jumper with just over a minute to go, and her two charity tosses in the final seconds gave the Vikings its only lead of the game.

Lundberg finished with a team-high 16 points, while Kuderer and Madeline Smith each chipped in ten points, apiece.

MSU out-rebounded PSU 44-36 and were paced under the glass by Smith with eight rebounds. Freshman Gabby Mocchi added a season-best seven boards.

Bolston was the only Vikings player to reach double-digits with 14 points.

MSU will play at Sacramento State on Saturday afternoon.

Nick Petraccione

Nick Petraccione

Nick is the Sports Director at KBZK and KXLF in Butte and Bozeman, Montana. He attended Syracuse University and moved to Montana in 2017.
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