Broncos Look to Rebound Following Loss

Tuesday night the Broncos fell to #7 (Associated Press)/#8 (ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll) Purdue 85-73. In front of the largest home crowd (2,110) since playing North Carolina in the 2002-2003 season the Broncos were unable to hold on to the 42-32 lead the Broncos built up before halftime.

In a game that saw the Broncos shoot 52.1% from the floor it was the outside shooting of Beth Jones that stole the show in the second half. Jones, a senior from Maineville, Ohio had just five points in the first half. She was 2 for 3 from the field including one three point basket. In the second half Jones shot the lights out. She was 8 of 11 from the field including 6 of 7 from behind the arc for her 22 points. In the first half her presence was more of a defensive presence in front of the Broncos junior Casey Rost.

Rost was unable to get her outside shot going making just her only three point attempt of the game. Rost was forced to take her game inside and finished with 18 points.

The Broncos led in field goal shooting 52.1% to 46.8% and in free throw shooting 84.0% to 79.2%. However it was the shooting percentage behind the three point line that did the Broncos in. The Broncos made just 2 of 6 attempts for a 33.3% shooting percentage compared to the Boilermakers 8 for 15 for a 53.3 % shooting percentage.

The Broncos (5-5, 0-0 MAC) face the Montana Grizzlies this evening at Dahlberg Arena in Missoula, Montana. The Grizzlies are 9-2 on the season and look to rebound from last season's 76-64 loss to the Broncos at University Arena. The Broncos have rebounded from their losses to ranked teams this season to post big wins against their next opponent and look to continue that trend tonight.

The Grizzlies have appeared in 14 NCAA Tournaments, 3 WNIT Tournaments, and one AIAW Tournament. They have one the Big Sky Conference Championship a total of 17 times and the post season Big Sky Conference Championship 14 times.

The Grizzlies are led on the court by senior Julie Deming and junior Hollie Tyler. Deming leads the team in steals with 38 steals so far this season including a game high 7 earlier this season. Tyler is second in steals in the Big Sky Conference and already has 109 steals in her career with the Grizzlies. Tyler leads the team in scoring with 157 points this season to bring her career total to 986. She is hoping to crack the 1,000 points total for her career tonight needing just 14 points in the Grizzlies game against the Broncos. Both Deming and Tyler have scored in double figures in 10 of their 11 games.

Following tonight's game the Broncos return to University Arena to take on the Northern Illinois Huskies on January 7th to start the MAC portion of this season's schedule. Tip-off for tonight's game is scheduled for 9:35pm and tip-off for the game against the Huskies is scheduled for 7:00pm.

Tonight's game can be following by visiting Montana Grizzlies.com and following the instruction.

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