Cats continue success on the hardwood

By Tracy Zuhoski

The MSU Bobcats Women’s Basketball team is continuing to find success on the hardwood early in the season, earning wins against tough opponents. This included defending their 27-game home winning streak against the University of Wyoming on Wednesday, Nov. 29, to earn their 28th straight victory. The Cats have improved to 5-4, winning one of three in Hawaii over the weekend.

The Bobcats welcomed the Cowgirls to the Brick for non-conference tilt. The game was also the Bobcat School Day at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, bringing in approximately 5,000 elementary students to the game. In front of this large crowd, the game was decided in the waning moments of the fourth quarter, as it was back and forth for most of the bout. The Cats pulled out the 50-46 victory in the end with senior guard Hannah Caudill leading the way with 17 points for the home team. The win also marked Coach Tricia Binford’s 200th win of her career.

The Cats weren’t home for long as they quickly hit the road, or skies, to Hawaii for the Maui Jim Classic Tournament. The Cats faced Utah State University to begin tournament play on Friday, Dec 1. With another back and forth match unfolding, the Cats found a spark from a young Bobcat’s career-game- sophomore guard Oliana Squires led the Cats to a 64-52 victory by collecting 18 points, including five 3-pointers. Caudill also chipped in 16 points for the Cats.

The Cats continued the tournament against the University of Nevada Wolfpack on Saturday, Dec. 2. Riding a three-game win streak, the Cats were looking to continue their defensive success and perseverance. The Cats started off slow, only collecting 14 points in the first half to Nevada’s 32. With an uphill climb in the second half, the Cats knew they had their work cut out for them. The Cats fought hard but came up short as the Wolfpack took the game 67-53. Three Bobcats tied for the point total in the game; senior guard Rebekah Hatchard, senior guard Delany Junkermier and Squires.

Staying in Hawaii, the Cats would battle with the Warriors of the University of Hawaii on Monday, Dec. 4. In a tightly contested four-quarters, the Cats held many leads in the game, but Hawaii would eventually win the game 81-75.  

The Cats welcome Stephen F. Austin University for their final non-conference home game at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Brick. They will then travel to Utah to take on BYU on Dec. 22 for their final non-conference road-game before opening up conference play at home against Southern Utah on Dec. 28.