Women’s Basketball thriving in conference

The MSU Women’s Basketball Team is finding their groove in Big Sky Conference (BSC) play, building a four-game winning streak following victories at Northern Arizona and Southern Utah over the weekend. The Cats have moved into a three-way tie for third place in the BSC with the second half of the season on the horizon.

The Bobcats traveled to Flagstaff, Arizona on Jan. 25 for a tilt against the Lumberjacks (Jacks) of Northern Arizona University. The Cats dominated from start to finish, holding the Jacks to 30 percent from the field and a measly 13 percent from three-point land. Sophomore guard Oliana Squires had a career night with 21 points and six rebounds to lead the Cats to a 78-56 win. Sophomore forward Madeline Smith added a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Cats subsequently traveled to Cedar City, Utah on Jan. 27 to face off against the Thunderbirds of Southern Utah University. The game was tightly contested throughout, with the Cats pulling out a hard earned 63-57 victory to notch their fourth in a row. Senior guard Delany Junkermier collected a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Smith led the game in scoring with 16 points.

The Cats return home with games against University of North Dakota on Thursday, Feb. 1 and against Northern Colorado on Saturday, Feb. 3. The Cats will celebrate the National Girls and Women in Sports Day at the game against North Dakota. All youth wearing a team shirt or jersey will be allowed in free of cost, so come out and support your Bobcats.

Montana State guard Oliana Squires (24) charges past University of Montana guard Madi Schoening (34) in Bozeman, Mont. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2018. Photo by Annika Serniotti