The Cats fought two hard conference games over the weekend, taking one out of two with a victory over the University of North Dakota (UND) while dropping the contest to the University of Northern Colorado (UNC).
The Cats welcomed the Fighting Hawks of North Dakota to the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse on Feb. 1, earning a four-game winning streak. The Cats rode tough defense and high shooting percentage throughout the game en route to a 72-56 win in front of the National Women and Girls in Sports Day crowd. In addition to female student athletes showing off their talents beforehand to the youth of Bobcat Nation, young Bobcat fans helped with game day activities from directing the band to announcing the game.
Senior guard Rebekah Hatchard topped the leaderboards for the Cats tallying 18 points. All five starters collected double figures in points as the Cats put together a well-rounded team effort.
With a five-game winning streak, the Cats next welcomed the UNC Bears on Feb 3. Both teams came into the contest with 7-3 conference records, tied for second place in the Big Sky. The Cats looked to start strong and did just that, taking a five-point lead into halftime. The Bears responded in the second half, outscoring the Cats 47-27. The Cats dropped the game by a final score of 78-63.
Senior guard Hannah Caudill found her way to the record books over the weekend after surpassing former Bobcat Vicki Heebner Carle’s 20-year-old assist record of 443 assists by earning 455. Senior guard Delany Junkermier led the Cats with 18 points in this game.
With just seven games remaining in conference play, the Cats will look to build momentum toward a third-straight conference title starting with games on the road against Sacramento State and Portland State on Feb. 8 and 10, respectively.