Women’s basketball beats Minot State

The women’s basketball team improved to 2-0 at home after defeating the visiting Minot State University Beavers on Sunday in Worthington Arena. The Bobcats put up 84 points while only allowing Minot State to score 71.

The Bobcats offense was hot from the start as they jumped out to a 20-12 lead early in the first half. Making stops and shooting well, the Bobcats held a 16 point lead at half, with the score at 52-36. Shooting 62.5 percent in the first half, the Bobcats shot well from beyond the arc.

With six minutes left in the game, the Minot State Beavers cut the score down to 69-63, but a few crucial stops by the Bobcats put the game away quickly.

The Bobcat offense shared the scoring well, with five different Bobcats scoring more than 10 points apiece. “A ton of people stepped up this game,” junior forward Jasmine Hommes said. Hommes led the Bobcats in scoring with 17 points. Freshman guard Hannah Caudill scored 16 for the Bobcats and senior guard Kalli Durham followed closely with 15. “The offense worked the ball around really well,” Durham said. “We hit shots and that helped us play with confidence.”

Despite a strong showing on the offensive side of the ball, the Bobcats struggled a little on defense. Minot State shot 48 percent from the field, led by senior forward Christina Boag, who tallied 30 points on 13-17 shooting. “Defensively we need some improvement,” Bobcat Head Coach Tricia Binford said, “We need to force more difficult shots.” Senior guard Ausha Cole had another impressive defensive display, snagging seven steals.

The Bobcats will face the Boise State University Broncos on the road Friday, Nov.14. “Boise State has both size and athleticism,” Durham said. “We are going to have to go in as the aggressor.” The Bobcats tip off against the Broncos at 7 p.m. The Bobcats return home Nov. 21 to take on Gonzaga.