The Bobcats traveled to both Utah and Idaho last week to play two conference games. The Cats beat Weber State, then lost to Idaho State in overtime.
On Feb. 19, the Bobcats traveled to Ogden, Utah to take on the Weber State Wildcats in conference play. The Bobcats had a rough start, turning over six of their first 12 possessions. However, despite the turnovers, the Bobcats held their own defensively, causing missed shots and turnovers on the Wildcats side. The Wildcats were also held to 33 percent shooting from the field. “We had one of our best defensive efforts of the year to keep them in check offensively,” Head Coach Trish Binford said. “We created quite a few turnovers to get out and run in transition.”
The Bobcats held a 26-17 advantage going into halftime on 44 percent shooting from the field in the first half. The Bobcats slowly increased their lead in the second half, but a small 5-0 run by the Wildcats at the 15:52 mark cut the lead down to eight points. The Bobcats readjusted however, and leading by as much as 16 points in the second half, cruised to a 60-49 victory.
“This was a huge win in that it gave us a sweep over Weber State and put us at the time in a tie with Weber and Idaho State,” Binford said. The Bobcats were led by sophomore guard Peyton Ferris with 12 points and senior forward Jackie Elliott with nine points. In addition, junior forwards Jasmine Hommes and Alexa Dawkins, junior guard Lindsay Stockton and senior guard Kalli Durham all recorded eight points apiece, as well as five of the teams eight steals. This game was the 17th straight win over Weber State. Durham’s two 3-pointers moves her into fourth place on MSU’s all time 3-point chart, with 133 career triples. Elliott’s five rebounds move her into 15th place on MSU’s all time rebounding list with 550 career rebounds. Weber State was led in scoring by Deeshyra Thomas, with 11 points to her name.
On Feb. 21 the Bobcats finished their string of away games in Pocatello, Idaho taking on the Idaho State Bengals. The Bobcats led by as much as 13 in the first half before the Bengals cut the lead down to four points before the half. The Bobcats led going into the second half 42-38. The lead changed hands or was tied 10 times in the second half before, leading by two, the Cats gave up a last second shot to tie the game at 69 apiece. In overtime the Bengals outscored MSU 18-5 to grab the victory.
“We win and lose as a team,” Binford said. “We came up short on Saturday with a heartbreaking loss that went into overtime. We will regroup and get ready for Eastern this Thursday.” Hommes led the Bobcats in scoring with 19 points. Jasmine Lemon led the Bengals with 27 points.
The Bobcats return home for the last three games of the regular season, starting with a game on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in Worthington Arena against Eastern Washington University.
“‘Win Today’ has been our mantra which means giving our best effort, best focus and putting our team first,” Binford said. “We will take care of preparing with a winning mentality for Eastern Washington [on] Thursday.”