Freshman, Blair Brraxton, has been a big reason for Montana State's five game winning streak (Andy Curtis/MTN Sports)

BOZEMAN – It’s finals week at Montana State, which is stopping a women’s basketball team that is definitely on a roll.

Everyone knew how good Peyton Ferris was, and everyone knew how good Riley Nordgaard was. But nobody knew just how good this Bobcat women’s team was going to be.

“I’m most happy about the fact that we’re playing team basketball right now,” said head coach Tricia Binford. “We’re making the extra pass, we’re playing for each other. And on the defensive end, we’re really growing as far as the mentality of having each other’s backs and playing hard.”

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Binford’s band of Bobcats is on a five-game winning streak, and they seem to get better with every game. Freshman Oliana Squires is averaging eight points per game, fellow freshman Blaire Braxton is averaging 5.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, and yet another freshman, Madeline Smith, is averaging 4.4 points and three rebounds off the bench. But there are still areas that Binford would like to see improvement.

“Well, on the offensive end, we’re still trying to get to the place where we’re eliminating our own personal mistakes,” Binford said. “We want teams to earn the stops that they get. At the same time, I feel like we’re really growing on the defensive end and we’re playing extremely hard. We’ve got a lot of production and we just want to continue growing off that.”