The Bobcat women broke records and entertained the home crowds in their final home games as they took down Weber State for the 18th consecutive time and defeated Idaho State in an overtime thriller in the Brick.
Following a disappointing loss against the Griz in Missoula, the Cats bounced back and posted a 92-71 win over the visiting Weber State Wildcats on Thursday, Feb. 25. The Cats came out strong, taking a 9-0 advantage and holding the Wildcats scoreless until the 5:31 mark in the first quarter. The Bobcats took a 13 point lead off of a layup from senior Jasmine Hommes with 2:44 left but the Wildcats were able to pull within nine at the end of the quarter. Weber State managed to get within six points of the Bobcats in the second quarter before the Cats went on a 13-5 run to take a 14 point lead with 3:36 left in the second quarter. A layup by junior Riley Nordgaard capped off the first half and helped give the Cats a 45-29 lead heading into intermission.
Weber State outscored Montana State 9-5 in the first 5 minutes of the third quarter. The Cats finished out the final minute of the third on a 7-2 run however, and took a 66-48 lead heading into the final quarter. Junior guard Peyton Ferris got things rolling for the Cats early, scoring two of her 10 fourth quarter points less than a minute into the fourth. Ferris led the Cats in scoring and posted a career-high 33 points off of 16-17 shooting. Ferris set a new record for field-goal percentage, shooting 94.1 percent from the field, breaking the old record of 90.9 percent set in 1989, also against Weber State. Nordgaard tallied a career-high 23 points as well as hauling in 10 boards.
The Cats hosted conference rival Idaho State University on senior night Feb. 27 in Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. The Cats struggled to make shots in the first half, connecting on just one of 13 shots in the first quarter. The Bobcats made frequent trips to the foul line however, and at the end of the first led by five points, 17-12. The Bengals started off the second quarter with a 7-0 run as Montana State continued to struggle finding the bottom of the net. The Bengals outscored the Cats 7-1 in the final two minutes of the half and at the break held a 30-26 advantage.
The Bengals stretched their lead out to eight midway through the third, but the Cats answered with an 11-3 run that tied the score up at 41 apiece. ISU hit a free-throw with 1:27 left and entered the fourth quarter with a one point advantage. With 4:26 left, Nordgaard hit a pair of free-throws to take a 52-51 lead in favor of the Bobcats. The Bengals went on a 12-6 run however, and with 19 seconds left the Bengals led 63-58. Hannah Caudill knocked down a pair of free-throws for the Cats, and Delany Junkermier nailed a three to bring the Cats within one. Freya Newton drew a foul and knocked down both free-throws for the Bengals, bringing ISU’s lead back to three with seven seconds left. The Cats got the ball up the court and Junkermier nailed a three with .01 on the clock to send the game into overtime. The Cats carried their momentum into overtime, outscoring the Bengals 16-14 and defeating the Bengals 82-80.
“We were playing off of that momentum,” MSU Head Coach Tricia Binford said. “The players really gained confidence from Delany’s last two 3’s and we attacked.” The Bobcats set a new school record for free-throws made, sinking in 41 of their 54 attempts, breaking the old record of 34 made back in 2003.
The Bobcats will face Northern Colorado and North Dakota on the road up next to close conference play, but have already clinched a first-round bye at the Big Sky Conference Tournament.