The women’s basketball team kicked off their season with a win on Saturday in Worthington Arena. The Bobcats played the Carroll College Saints in an exhibition game and defeated them 59-49.
The Bobcats jumped out in front early but by the end of the half the Saints had cut the Bobcats lead down to two, with the score at 28-26. The Bobcats cranked up their defense in the second half and developed a double digit lead, which they proceeded to hang on to for the rest of the contest.
Bobcats junior forward Jasmine Hommes led the Bobcats in scoring, with a game high of 19 points, while also grabbing six rebounds. Lindsay Stockton, a junior guard for the Bobcats, tallied 16 points and dished out eight assists coming off the bench. “Lindsay Stockton really came into the game with a spark for us creating opportunities for teammates,” Head Coach Tricia Binford said. Senior guard Ausha Cole helped to bolster the Bobcats defense, with several steals and overall great defensive play. “Ausha Cole brought a higher level of defensive intensity for us in the second half,” Binford said. “Everyone else played off of her intensity.”
The Saints were lead in scoring by a combined effort from Baylee Watson and Kalee Junkermier, with 11 points apiece. This game was not only the first game of the 2014-2015 Bobcat season but also the first and last time MSU’s Delany Junkermier and Carroll’s Kalee Junkermier will play each other in their collegiate careers. The sisters grew up playing basketball together, and with Kalee being a senior and Delany a freshman this was their final time taking the court together.
The Bobcats will take on visiting Minot State on Sunday, Nov. 9. “I really want to see our defensive intensity dictate on a higher level and show improvement on cleaning up the glass.” Coach Binford said. “Our offensive focus is facilitating our tempo off our defensive play.” The Bobcats tip-off at 2:30 p.m. in Worthington Arena.