Bobcats look ahead to strong season

With a 59-49 win over Carroll College last Saturday, the Bobcats are creating a strong basis of success for the rest of the season. Head coach Tricia Binford said to the press after the game, “I’m pleased with our performance. I thought we did a nice job defending. Our kids had good focus and effort. However, we certainly need some work rebounding on both ends of the floor.”

Even so, the team is hungry to work on their areas of improvement. Sophomore guard Margreet Barhoum said that although the Bobcats have six new teammates, they also have a significant amount of returners who understand the expectations that come from playing in this system and conference. “We can go with a short and fast lineup, or a tall and strong lineup. We have many options to go to and other teams will have a hard time scouting it since we can switch up on a game-to-game basis,” she said.

These strengths are built during practice as well as off the court. Barhoum explained that the team has some of the greatest camaraderie of any team she has been apart of. The team spends time away from the basketball court doing community service, playing pick-up games and going to the movies. This friendship brings extra strength come game time. “We all know it’s a very long season and roles change, and the friendship we have with each other allows all of us to go through a season and be happy for one another when their opportunity arises,” she said. Senior forward Jackie Elliott added that the team ultimately has each other’s backs whether on or off the court. She noted that the team differentiates themselves from other school in the Big Sky Conference with their fast-paced game and the type of offenses they run.

The Bobcats hope to carry their stamina all the way to January to beat their ultimate rival, the University of Montana. Elliot said, “The Griz are always our biggest rivals. We want to prove to the state of Montana MSU really is the better school in all facets. To beat anyone in the Big Sky Conference we have to play great defense, win the rebounding count and win the foul line count.” Until they face the Griz, the team will work on their strengths and weaknesses to defeat their opponents for an overall solid, confident season.

The Bobcats will continue their season starting with a home game against Minot State University at 2 p.m. on Nov. 9.