It was a victorious week for the women’s basketball team as they defeated both Sacramento State and Portland State at home in Worthington Arena. The two victories are just what the Bobcats needed to get back on the road with confidence.
The Bobcats defeated the league-leading Sacramento State Hornets by a commanding score of 91-64 Thursday, Jan. 29. The Bobcats led from the start and were on the scoreboard within nine seconds of playtime. They then scored the first eight points of the game and went up 20-11 with 13:46 left in the half. Sacramento State’s full court press and explosive offense slowly began to cut into the lead, however, and at half the Bobcats only led by six, with a score of 41-35. When the second half rolled around, the Bobcats looked sharp and went on a small 8-2 run to push the lead into double digits again. “We just focused up in the second half,” junior guard Lindsay Stockton said. “We focused on just throwing the first punch and being more aggressive in the first couple minutes.”
From the 15 minute mark until about halfway through the second half the Bobcats went on a 9-0 run, shutting down the Hornets’ offense completely for four minutes.The Cats closed out the game on a run as well, only allowing the Hornets to score four points in the last seven minutes of play while putting up 14 to close the game. MSU finished with 30 points coming from the bench, and every Bobcat that played scored at least two points.
“I loved our bench’s play today,” Head Coach Trish Binford said. “Everybody made contributions.”
Five Cats scored in double digits, led by Jasmine Hommes who put up 18 points. Sacramento State was led in scoring by Hallie Gennett and Takara Burse who both tallied 13 apiece. “This is by far the best team victory all year,” Binford said.
Two days later, on Jan. 31, the Bobcats claimed another victory against Big Sky rival Portland State Vikings. The Bobcats shared the scoring on Saturday, with five players scoring 8-10 points each. The Bobcats held Portland State to only 28 percent shooting, while sinking 43 percent of their own. Montana State once again flourished under great bench play, with the Bobcat bench scoring 24 points to the Vikings bench’s five.
The Bobcats play Big Sky rival Idaho in Moscow on Thursday, Feb. 5.