Lady cat basketball looks good in exhibition

MSU’s Ashley Brumwell (#23) makes on her way to a near double-double of 11 pts and 9 rebounds. Photos by Brandon Kowalski.

In a game that was over by halftime, the Lady Bobcats defeated the Montana Tech Orediggers 83-50 in an exhibition game Monday night. Center Rachel Semansky led the Cats in points with 16 and pulled down seven rebounds in just 20 minutes. Forward Ashley Brumwell was one rebound shy of a double-double, finishing with 11 points and nine boards.

The only tie was at 6-6 with just over 15 minutes left in the first half, but MSU pulled away quickly with an 11-0 run, including consecutive buckets by Jasmine Hommes. Though head coach Tricia Binford thinks the team still has a lot to work on, she said “I’m excited that we do have the potential to be a very good defensive squad. I thought both Kalli Durham and Rechel Carter did a nice job.”

Carter made it difficult for the Orediggers’ guards to advance the ball past midcourt with press defense, and Durham recorded six steals. MSU forced 25 turnovers as a team, scored 21 points off those turnovers and held Montana Tech to 21 percent shooting from the floor in the first half. The Cats also dominated the glass with 23 offensive rebounds resulting in 23 second chance points.

Binford was pleased everyone had a chance to play. “The freshmen did a nice job settling into their first real-game experience, and Jasmine [Hommes] really did a nice job being tough and producing down low,” she said. Hommes finished with 13 points, five rebounds and a steal in 18 minutes.

The blowout allowed the bench to get plenty of playing time, which accounted for 39 of MSU’s points, and will keep the Cats fresh for their next exhibition game against Minot State on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.