Women’s basketball leaps past Montana Tech in exhibition game

Lindsay Stockton (11) defends the ball against Hattie Thatcher (4) during the Wednesday night game in the Fieldhouse against Montana Tech. Photos by Colter Peterson Riley Nordgaard(15) outruns Kaylynn Coverdell (24) of Montana Tech in Wednesday night's game. Haley Blodgett (44) works to get around Caylee Bock (50) during the Wednesday night game against the Orediggers in the Feldhouse.The 2015-2016 women’s basketball squad opened their season with a dynamic win over the Montana Tech. The Bobcats out-rebounded the Orediggers 71-31 and cruised to a 79-51 win in Brick Breeden fieldhouse on Thursday night.

The Cats started off the game at a fast pace but had trouble finding the inside of the basket. While the Bobcats jumped ahead early on, Montana Tech later took a 19-15 advantage early in the first half before the Cats responded. Sparked by the defense, the Cats scored six unanswered points and took the lead on a steal and layup from senior guard Lindsay Stockton. Montana State ended the first half with a seven point advantage, and led 28-21. “We started the game fast with rushed execution,” Montana State Head Coach Tricia Binford. “We were just playing so fast and hard that for a lot of our shots we didn’t have our feet under us.”

The Bobcats came out composed at the start of the second half. Leading 39-34, the Cats outscored the Orediggers 14-2 to close out the third period. The Bobcats extended their lead in the final period, and closed out the game on a 16-7 run to defeat Montana Tech 79-51. “We were a lot more patient in the second half,” said senior guard Jasmine Hommes. “It also sparks from the defense, and we started getting more stops.” Hommes led the Bobcats in scoring, tallying 18 points while grabbing 14 rebounds and junior Riley Nordgaard also had a double-double, with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Stockton followed up with 15 points and four assists. “It’s good to get the first game in and the jitters out,” Hommes said.

The Bobcats will travel to Seattle to play Seattle University on Friday, Nov. 13. “We want to continue to build off this win,” Binford said. “I thought we did a really consistent job on the boards tonight but there are some execution points on the offensive side that we could improve on.”