Cats beat No. 2 team

The women’s basketball team competed at home this week against the University of Northern Colorado and the University of North Dakota on Thursday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 14, respectively. The Bobcats lost the battle against Northern Colorado but managed to bounce back and defeat the University of North Dakota.

The Cats hosted the Northern Colorado Bears in Worthington Arena. The Bobcats and Bears changed leads several times in the first few minutes of opening play before the Bears rattled off a 14-2 run. At the end of first half play UNC led the Bobcats 40-25. The Bobcats fought back on four different occasions in the second half to cut the lead to single digits, but the Bears closed out the game with a 16-3 run to defeat the Bobcats 84-63. “We needed two complete halves to give ourselves an opportunity to win the game,” Head Coach Trish Binford said. “We played too flat in the first half.”

The Bears were led in scoring with an impressive performance by seniors D’Shara Strange and Stephanie Lee with 31 points and 25 points, respectively. “When we started being the aggressor in the second and made our run D’Shara Strange and Stephanie Lee took over and played like All-Conference players,” Binford said. “They made some incredible plays down the stretch.”

The Bobcats ended with three players in double digits, led by junior forward Jasmine Hommes with 18 points. Senior guard Kalli Durham posted 13, and junior guard Lindsay Stockton tallied 10 points in the loss.

The Bobcats got a chance to redeem themselves at home against the University of North Dakota, the No. 2 team in the conference. The Bobcats took the lead early in the first half and firmly held a 5-7 point lead for most of the first half. The Bobcats led by six at the half, with a score of 29-23. “We came out and established the tone from the start,” Binford said. “Our energy, effort and mentality came out and decided this game was going to be different.”

The Bobcats came out aggressively in the second half and took a 18-point lead at the 14-minute mark from a senior forward Jackie Elliott layup. The Bobcats carried a double digit lead for the rest of the game and defeated UND 80-62. The Bobcats finished with four players in double digits for scoring. Hommes led the way with a career high 25 points, Durham put up 14 points and both Elliott and sophomore guard Peyton Ferris finished with 10 points. “Our three seniors stepped up and led the way,” Binford said. UND was led in scoring by Emily Evers who put up 17 points.

The Bobcats travel to Utah to play Weber State on Thursday, Feb. 19, and return home on Feb. 26 to play Eastern Washington University at 7 p.m. in Worthington Arena.