The Montana State Bobcats women’s basketball team had a hot start to the spring semester, defeating both the University of North Dakota and University of Northern Colorado at home in Worthington Arena.
The Bobcats faced off against the Fighting Hawks of North Dakota on Jan. 14. North Dakota scored the first four points of the game, but the Cats only allowed the Fighting Hawks to score eight total first period points and took a 13-8 lead at the end of the first period. Despite being outsized at the center position, MSU did a great job shutting down the Fighting Hawks post play.
“We established some tempo in the open court and used our speed to our advantage,” MSU Head Coach Tricia Binford said. Seniors Lindsay Stockton and Jasmine Hommes got things started in the first couple minutes of the second period and stretched the lead to double-digit figures with the score at 19-9. The Bobcats led 34-21 at the end of the first half.
Hommes continued her hot shooting in the second half, establishing the Cats’ largest lead of 16 points with another triple a couple minutes into the third. The Fighting Hawks outscored the Bobcats 40-35 in the second half but were unable to cut the lead under eight. “Give them some credit,” Binford said. “I thought North Dakota had a really challenging second half and made it a really back and forth game.” Hommes led the Cats in scoring with 20 points while sophomore Hannah Caudill added 17 points. The Bobcats cruised to a 69-61 win over the Fighting Hawks.
The Cats battled the Bears of Northern Colorado on Saturday, Jan. 16. MSU had a sizzling start, converting UNC turnovers into easy buckets and took an early 19-8 lead in the first period. The Bears came out in the second period and outscored the Cats 17-14 and cut the lead to eight points. The Bobcats led 33-25 at the half. The Bobcats didn’t score until almost seven minutes into the third period, and the Bears used this to their advantage and cut the lead to four before the Cats stretched out the lead to seven at the end of the period. Junior Peyton Ferris helped to ignite the Bobcat offense in the fourth quarter, scoring both from the three point line as well as in the paint as the Bobcats secured a 66-58 win over the Bears. Ferris led the Cats in scoring with 24 points, and Hommes added 13 points. The Bobcats improved to 6-0 in the Big Sky Conference. “We know there’s a lot of season left, but it feels great,” Binford said.