After strong starts at the beginning of the season, the Bobcat basketball teams ended their seasons in frustrating fashion.
The men’s team met their end in a beat down by the Sacramento State Hornets that kept the Cats out of the Big Sky Conference tournament. The road loss capped off an up-and-down season for the men, finishing with an overall record of 14-17 and a conference record of 9-11. The season got off to a promising start, but it seemed whenever the Cats generated a bit of momentum, they were unable to consistently convert it into wins.
The high point of the season came in early January when the Cats were on a 7-2 tear entering conference play, including a win of the then league-leading Northern Colorado Bears. From then on, wins were hard to come by. Following a home loss to North Dakota, the Cats lost five of their next six games and plummeted right back to the middle of the Big Sky standings. Unable to regain their groove, the season ended on a three game losing streak.
Senior forward Flavien Davis led the team with 12.5 points per game, garnering All-Big Sky Honorable Mention honors for the second straight year. Senior center Paul Egwuonwu was the top rebounder on the squad, averaging 6.7 boards a night, along with 9.5 points. Egwuonwu led the team in double-doubles as well, with five over the course of the season. Next season, the Cats will have to replace four seniors, including three starters as they look to improve on this season’s disappointing finish.
The story was much the same for the women. The women finished an even .500 on the year, with a 15-15 overall record and finishing 10-10 in conference action. The women qualified for the Big Sky conference tournament, but drew a difficult matchup against Montana in the first round. The Cats were unable to dig themselves out of a large halftime deficit, falling short to the Griz 75-66, ending the season.
The women showed flashes of brilliance at times, including a six-game winning streak just after the new year, but went on a five-game skid immediately after. The highlights of the season were often overshadowed by a lack of consistency, and fans never knew which team would show up that night.
“I feel like we started well and had a streak of losses that we wish could have been different, but that’s just how sports go,” junior guard Kalli Durham remarked. “We are going to just keep building chemistry as a team, working on being more consistent, and continue to improve our fundamentals.”
The team was led in scoring by sophomore forward Jasmine Hommes with 13.8 points per contest, earning her an All-Big Sky Honorable Mention. Senior forward Ashley Brumwell snagged Second-Team All-Big Sky honors as the lone senior on the squad, averaging 12.9 points and 6.2 rebounds each contest. The Bobcats are poised for an improvement next year, only losing one player to graduation.