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.