Women’s basketball finds success off bench

The MSU women’s basketball team faced two Big Sky rivals this week on the road. The Bobcats defeated the University of Idaho Vandals but fell to the Eastern Washington Eagles.

The Bobcats took down Idaho on Thursday, Feb. 5 in Moscow, Idaho. The Bobcats shot 36 percent from the field while holding the Vandals to 27 percent shooting. The Bobcats finished the first half on a strong 9-5 run, taking a 28-21 lead at the break. The Vandals came out strong for the second half, but the Bobcats weathered the storm and with a 12-0 run were able to put the Vandals behind them and coast to a 76-65 victory.

“Our team stayed the course as a team,” Head Coach Trish Binford said. “It was probably our most complete team effort: keeping the game simple offensively by making the extra pass while continuing to defend on the other end of the floor.”

Freshman guard Hannah Caudill came off the bench hot, hitting 8-8 free throws and 2-5 from the 3-point line to snag a team high 18 points. Junior forward Jasmine Hommes added 17 points to the mix. The Vandals were led in shooting by Stacey Barr, who finished with 26 points.

On Saturday, Feb. 7 the Bobcats travelled to Cheney, Washington to face the EWU Eagles on Reese Court. The Bobcats had a slow start, but were able to battle their way to a 28-27 lead at the half. After the break, the Eagles threw the first punch as they went on a 16-4 run to make the score 43-32. The Bobcats battled and brought the Eagles lead down to single digits multiple times, but were unable to gain the advantage. The Bobcats only shot 35 percent from the field in the second half and the Eagles shot 54 percent to clinch a 72-58 home victory.

“Eastern was a big factor in our shooting percentage as they took us out of our flow offensively,” Binford said. “We didn’t maintain the patience to run and execute our offense and tried to do too much on our own.”

Despite the pressure from the Eagles’ defense, junior guard Lindsay Stockton was able to put up 22 points for the Bobcats, including an impressive 11-11 from the free throw line. Junior forward Alexa Dawkins also recorded double digits in the scoring category for the Bobcats, with 10 points and a pair of assists. Freshman forward Amy Davis provided a strong anchor for the Bobcats, scoring a pair of baskets and playing solid defense that led to a pair of steals. “Amy Davis had a strong game for us on both ends of the floor,” Binford said. “She is continuing to get better and better.”

The Eagles were led in scoring by Jade Redmon, who scored 22 points and tallied two assists.

The Bobcats now have a 10-12 record, and are sitting at 4-7 in conference play. The Bobcats return home to Worthington Arena to take on the University of Northern Colorado on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.