Maddy Shaide had 18 points, six steals and three assists to lead Missoula Big Sky to its come-from-behind victory over Billings Skyview at the Eagles' gym.
While Shaide led the team in points, it was Anna Gragg who Big Sky head coach Damian Droessler credited down the stretch. "Gragg took over in the paint," he said. "When we needed her to step up, she did."
Gragg finished with eight points and a game-high nine rebounds.
The Eagles (2-0) trailed by seven with 3:30 to play, but outscored the Falcons (0-1) by 10 to close the game.
Emily Hooker gave Big Sky its first lead of the game at 43-42 on an 8-foot jumper with a minute left. Shaide and McKenna Arledge each knocked down a pair of free throws to cement the lead as the Falcons (0-1) failed to get a shot off before the final buzzer.
"We definitely didn't finish well early, but we played good, hard defense throughout the game," Droessler said. "We were able to get some rebounds and second-chance points. Our effort kept us in the game."
Ronnie Harris led Skyview with 16 points.