MSU women stand fourth in nation for home win streak

Montana State Women’s Basketball dominated at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse with their 22nd straight home win. On Feb. 9, the MSU women beat Northern Arizona 86-69 and on Feb. 11 they won against Southern Utah 71-68.

The Bobcats had a close first period against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, but pulled away in the second quarter with back-to-back three-pointers from seniors, Peyton Ferris and Riley Nordgaard.

The Cats reaped the benefits of a 32-4 advantage in bench scoring. They had five scorers with double digits: Nordgaard 16, Ferris 12, sophomore Annika Lai 11, junior Hannah Caudill 10 and freshman Blaire Braxton with 10. Lai drove in the win in the final quarter with back-to-back baskets, contributing to an 8-0 run. The Cats held a 58.3 percent in the field in their last period.

On Saturday Feb. 11, against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, the Cats survived a back-and-forth battle featuring 10 lead changes and 13 ties. The Thunderbirds were looking to spoil the Cats’ streak, shooting 66.7 shooting percentage and leading 27-23 at the end of the first quarter, and 42-39 at the half.

The Bobcats took the lead in the third period due to freshman Oliana Squires with an and-one play. In the final quarter, junior Delany Junkermier had two three-pointers to break the tie of 64-64 with only 1:26 remaining.

The Cats maintained the lead, converting four out of six free throws in the final 14 seconds of the game. Thunderbirds’ senior, Jamie Smith, missed a three-pointer in the final seconds.

The Bobcats are in the fourth longest home game win streak in the nation and stand in the Big Sky’s three-way tie for first in the conference. The Cats travel to Portland State on Feb. 16 and look to continue their seven game winning streak.