The Bobcat basketball teams were active this week with four games played in eight days starting on Feb. 2 with the Cat/Griz meetup. They followed it up with games against Northern Colorado, Eastern Washington (EWU) and the University of Idaho. The men bounced back after the Cat/Griz loss and won their next three games, while the women grabbed a victory against Eastern Washington and dropped games to UNC and Idaho.
The women traveled to Cheney, Washington on Feb. 7 for a Big Sky bout against the EWU Eagles. The Cats looked to avenge a two-point loss in overtime to the Eagles from early January. Defense was the name of the game as the Cats held the Eagles to an abysmal 29 percent from the field throughout the game and 25 percent from three. The Bobcats used the defensive onslaught to grab the lead and hold on for a 61–47 victory. After missing the previous two games, junior guard Martha Kudurer led the Cats in points, amassing 16 in the game.
Next, MSU traveled to Moscow, Idaho on Feb. 9 to face the University of Idaho Vandals. The Cats came in hoping to build off the momentum from the previous win but the Vandals had other plans as they ran past the Cats, handing them a 90–65 defeat. Four Cats found their way into double digits — junior forward Madeline Smith, sophomore guard Tori Martell and junior guard Oliana Squires each scored 13 points, while Blaire Braxton scored 10.
The Cats host two home games against Idaho State on Thursday, Feb. 14 and Weber State on Saturday, Feb. 16. The Cats own a 12–11 overall record with a 7–6 record in conference good for fifth in the standings as the year nears its close.
The men’s team entered Thursday’s contest against EWU feeling good after an impressive victory over first-in-conference Northern Colorado only a few days earlier. The Eagles came into the game having won three in a row. After losing to the Eagles earlier in the season, MSU answered the call and kept the game close throughout. The Cats used a 10–2 run in the final two minutes to pull away and defeat the Eagles 74–66. Junior guard Harald Frey scored 22 points on the night, with eight in the final two minutes, to help lead the Cats to victory.
The Cats welcomed the Idaho Vandals on Feb. 9. The team looked to continue their momentum against the last place team in the conference as the Vandals had only won one game in conference coming into the contest. The Cats pushed their winning streak to three games after easily handling the Vandals with a convincing 86-72 win. Frey again found his way to the top of the leaderboards with 17 points for the Cats. Senior forward Keljin Blevins scored 16 points as well in the team win.
The Cats go on the road to face Idaho State and Weber State on Feb. 14 and 16, respectively. The Bobcats own a 11–12 overall record with an 8–5 record in conference good for fourth overall.