After the two-week interim, the Bobcats were ready to take the court Saturday, March 2. The fierce rivalry between Montana State and the University of Montana (UM) drew a large crowd to support the Lady Cats.
The Grizzlies brought their A-game to the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, and their ability to move the ball and well-executed plays attributed to the Cat’s shaky start. Head Coach Tricia Binford took advantage of the media timeouts to make defensive adjustments. The Cats were able to compete with the Grizzlies but couldn’t gain the lead before the end of the half.
Sophomore Kalli Durham ignited a Bobcat’s comeback. Durham shot a 3-pointer with 2:30 left in the first half. With 1 minute left, Durham snagged the ball for a breakaway but was then fouled by the Grizzly’s Kellie Cole. At half, Montana State trailed UM 22-30.
When the girls came out for the second period, the Bobcats played a new game. Just 23 seconds into the second half, junior Ashley Brumwell scored two points. This momentum continued well into the rest of the game, however, UM’s strong passing proved to be too much for the Bobcats.
Lady Cat’s forward Rachel Semansky scored seven points with 1:30 left in the game, bringing the score from 38-45 to a close, 43-46. Junior Rechel Carter scored four points to gain the lead against the University of Montana 47-46. Although the Cats outscored the Grizzlies in the second half 33-28, the Grizzlies were able to finish with the win.
When asked about her team’s performance, Semansky said, “I am proud of how the team responded in the second half. We played really well together and were able to make up a huge deficit. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the win in the end and that was disappointing.”
The Bobcat’s momentum continued as the women played Southern Utah University. In this game, the Bobcats took to the court with victory in mind. With Latisha Adams and Durham’s 13 and 17-point totals respectively, the Lady Cats played up to their potential and landed the win against the Thunderbirds 56-48.
With two games left before the Big Sky Conference Tournament, Semansky said she hopes to see the team finish out their last few games strong. “We need to head into the conference tournament playing our best basketball,” she said.
The Lady Cats will be traveling to Sacramento State tonight, March 7, and Northern Arizona University on March 9 for their final games and their final chance to improve their standing in the Big Sky Conference.