Jan 11, 2013 12:02 AM by Ted Dawson
For the second consecutive game the Montana State women's basketball team faced an unbeaten team in Big Sky Conference play and came away with a victory. This time it was a 65-58 win over Northern Colorado.
With the win, the Bobcats move into first place with Montana at 4-1 in league action.
Montana State (10-4, 4-1) jumped out to an early 11-0 advantage 13-minutes, 22-seconds into the game as four different players put points on the board. The Bobcats took a 30-21 lead into intermission.
"Defensively, we really started well, and Kalli Durham drawing two charge calls were big," said MSU head coach Tricia Binford. "With their leading scorer (D'shara Strange) in foul trouble I thought it kept them out of an offensive rhythm."
MSU built its largest lead of the contest at the 18:03 mark of the second period on a Durham three-pointer that stretched the Bobcat margin to 35-21. Northern Colorado (6-7, 3-1) fought back to within 50-45 following a Kim Lockridge free throw with 6:31 remaining, but the Bobcats rattled off seven unanswered points to put the game out of reach.
"Northern Colorado got on a nice run and were firing on all cylinders," Binford said. "But give our kids credit for how they responded. I'm proud of how we played with the lead for the entire game."
Rachel Semansky paced the Bobcats with a team-high 17 points, while Ashley Brumwell and Durham chipped in 12 and ten points, respectively. For the game, Montana State shot 49 percent from the field, including a red-hot 64 percent in the second stanza.
Northern Colorado held a slim 36-35 advantage under the boards. MSU was guided by Brumwell and Latisha Adams with five rebounds, apiece.
"Following the critical loss to MSU Billings, we went back to the details," Binford said. "We learned that details matter. We had kids come in tonight and make plays, both offensively and defensively. Whether it's Lexi (Dawkins) scoring inside, Lindsay Stockton hitting a big three, Jackie (Elliott) knocking down a baseline jumper, Emily Allen at the free throw line or Latisha or Rechel (Carter) with their pressure defense, everyone needs to make a contribution for us to be successful."
Northern Colorado was led in the loss by Lauren Oosdyke with 23 points and seven rebounds.
MSU will host Big Sky newcomer North Dakota on Saturday at 2 p.m., in Worthington Arena.