Jasmine Dixon scored 15 points and Doreena Campbell and Rebekah Gardner each added 11 for UCLA, which improved its record to 28-4. The Bruins will play Gonzaga, a 92-86 winner Saturday over Iowa, on Monday.
UCLA used full-court pressure and a matchup zone to force 12 turnovers en route to a 26-17 halftime lead. The Bruins extended the lead to 14 points before Montana came back and pulled to within 51-45 on a three-pointer by Sara Ena with just under two minutes remaining.
Montana cut the deficit to four after Stephanie Stender made two free throws with 1:16 left.
But Dixon answered for UCLA after making a strong inside move. Dixon then stole a pass, was fouled and made one of two free throws to give the Bruins a margin that was not again threatened.
Forward Alyssa Smith scored 14 points to lead Montana, which finished 18-15.
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--Gary Klein, reporting from Spokane, Wash.
Photo: UCLA forward Markel Walker drives to the basket against Montana forward Alyssa Smith on Saturday in an NCAA tournament opener. Credit: James Snook / US Presswire