2005 NCAA Tournament Kansas City Regional
(No. 5 Seed) Vanderbilt
(No. 12 Seed) Montana
Location: Bank of America Arena, Seattle, Washington
RADIO: WNSR-AM 560
Vanderbilt Commodores (22-7, 10-4 SEC)
Montana Grizzlies (22-7, 13-1 Big Sky)
|Points Per Game||78.8||64.1|
|3-Point Field Goal%||.389||.345|
|Opp. 3-Point FG%||.319||.319|
|Rebounds Per Game||35.1||38.3|
|Assists Per Game||17.2||14.9|
|Turnovers Per Game||15.9||15.4|
|Opp. Turnovers P/G||20.8||16.7|
|Blocks Per Game||2.2||4.6|
|Steals Per Game||10.1||8.1|
MONTANA GRIZZLIE NOTESNo. 12 seed Montana, under the direction of head coach Robin Selvig, enters the NCAA Tournament having rattled off six consecutive wins including two wins in the Big Sky Tournament to capture the tournament title and earn the Big Sky's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Grizzlies are 22-7 overall and finished conference play 13-1. Montana will be making its 16th trip to the NCAA Tournament. Senior Hollie Tyler scored a careerhigh 29 points to lead the Lady Grizzlies to an 80-64 victory over Weber State in the championship game of the Big Sky Conference tournament. The Lady Grizshot 58.5 pecent in the win. Tyler went 13-for-17 from the field against the Wildcats and earned most valuable player honors. Senior Lynsey Monaco was also named to the all-tournament team. Vanderbilt leads the series with Montana having played once in Missoula in the WNIT.
Tyler leads the team averaging 14.8 points and 7.2 rebounds. Katie Edwards chips in 12.6 points. Lynsey Monaco runs the Montana offense. Monaco leads the team with 165 assists. On the season, the Lady Griz shoots 41.5 percent from the field and holds its opponents to 37.1 percent.
Vanderbilt and Montana have met only once on the basketball court with the Commodores leading the series, 1-0. The Commodores defeated the Lady Grizzlies in the Preseason WNIT during the 1994-95 season, 69-65, in Missoula, Montana.
VANDERBILT COMMODORES NOTESVanderbilt has won nine of its last 11 games with both losses coming to No. 3 Tennessee. The Commodores went 1-1 in the Southeastern Conference Tournament knocking off Arkansas, 79-60, in the SEC quarterfinals, before falling to No. 3 Tennessee, 76-73, in the semifinals of the tournament. In the SEC Tournament, senior forward Ashley Earley averaged 20.5 points and 10.5 rebounds while shooting 73.1 percent (19-of-26) in the SEC Tournament. She was named to the all-tournament team. Fellow senior Abi Ramsey registered her 1,000th career point in the Arkansas game and averaged 13 points while connecting on 7-of-14 three-pointers in the two games.
Earley, a unanimous First-Team All-SEC selection, has posted a SEC-leading 14 double-doubles on the season including nine in league play. She leads the team averaging 18.5 points and 9.7 rebounds. Earley ranks third in the nation in field goal percentage (.643). Sophomore forward Carla Thomas ranks second on the team scoring 15.9 points and 6.4 rebounds. Sophomore point guard Dee Davis runs the offense with a team-leading 181 assists which ranks second in the SEC. She averages 13. 7 points and 6.2 assists per contest. Ramsey also averages double figures chipping in 11.2 points. She has connected on 80-of- 196 three-point attempts and need just four more treys to set a news single season VU record. Caroline Williams has also been hot from long range lately. Since becoming a starter, Vandy is 9-2 with Williams in the line-up. She led the SEC in three-point field goal percentage (53 percent) having made 44-of-83 threepoint attempts. Vandy ranks second in the nation in field goal percentage shooting 49.9 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from three-point range.