It has been a hard two days for the MSU basketball teams who both fell in the first round of the Big Sky Conference tournament in Missoula this week.
The Lady Cats (17-13) played the Eastern Washington Eagles (19-11) on Wednesday, March 13. MSU was down by just one point and started the half strong, but the Eagles managed to increased their lead to 16 with 12:44 left in the second half.
The Cats shot 37 percent from the floor to Eastern Washington’s 57 percent. MSU has two graduating seniors: Rachel Semansky and Latisha Adams. Semansky had eight points against the Eagles and had 887 rebounds in her career at MSU to make her the second best in school history.
The Bobcat Men fell 69-56 to the Northern Colorado (NC) Bears on Thursday, March 14. The Bobcats trailed by only four with 8:06 left in the second half, until Northern Colorado’s Derrick Barden hit a three-pointer to start a 15-3 NC run.
The Bobcats had 19 fouls in the game, giving the Bears the opportunity to shoot 28 free throws MSU’s 14. Despite the many fouls by the Cats in the first half, MSU led 30-28 at intermission.
Christian Moon is the team’s only active senior (Xavier Blount finished his MSU career early with a foot injury). Moon had 12 points against the Bears in his final game for the Bobcats.
MSU finished the season with a 13-17 overall and a 10-10 conference record to earn the fourth rank in the Big Sky.