Cats win two conference games

After notching four straight wins, Lady Bobcats basketball team is getting into the heart of Big Sky Conference play, and they have notched four straight wins, and are looking good going into a road trip. They are tied for first place in the conference with rival UM.

On Jan. 10, the women took on Northern Colorado (UNC). UNC entered the game undefeated in conference play, yet with senior center Rachel Semansky’s 17 points, the Cats (11-4, 5-1 conference) were able to get the win.

The Bobcats shot 49 percent from the field, which helped them achieve the 65-58 victory.

The Cats’ homestand was not over, as they had a matchup against North Dakota on Jan. 12. They started off strong in the first half, shooting 50 percent from the field. Going into halftime, the score was 34-21, and North Dakota could not recover.

Semansky once again led the way with 15 points, and sophomore guard Kalli Durham added 14. At the end, the score was 64-49, with the Bobcats securing another victory.

Head Coach Tricia Binford was impressed with the team, “Our team has been very consistent these past two weeks from the defensive end. Our intensity and aggressiveness on that end of the floor has catapulted our offense.”

With the upcoming road trip including Cat-Griz this weekend, Binford and the team are looking forward to “truly identifying ourselves as the Road Warriors. We have had success away from home this year and want to continue to thrive under that kind of adversity,” Binford said. “It forces us to truly rely on each other and we want to make sure we continue that in a very loud hostile environment.”

Up next for the Cats is a newcomer to the conference — Southern Utah. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. tonight, Jan. 17, in Cedar City.