Montana State Sports Information
BOZEMAN – The two-time defending Big Sky Conference champion Montana State women’s basketball team will open its 2017-18 campaign with a Pac-12 opponent for the second straight year as the Bobcats face USC on Nov. 10 in Los Angeles, announced 13th year head coach Tricia Binford on Wednesday afternoon.
Five of MSU’s 11 non-conference opponents competed in postseason play last winter. MSU will play teams that represent eight different conferences, including six at the NCAA Division I level.
“I think we’ve put together a very challenging schedule which features USC, a Pac-12 team from the No. 1 ranked league in the country last year,” Binford said. “Six of our opponents played in conferences ranked higher than the Big Sky and five played in the postseason. We feel our non-conference schedule will set us up nicely for the challenges of Big Sky play.”
In addition to its season-opener, the Bobcats will play at Long Beach State on Nov. 12. The 49ers played in the NCAA Tournament last season as the No. 15 seed and pushed No. 2 seed Oregon State to the brink, eventually dropping a 56-55 decision to the Beavers.
The Bobcats host Frontier Conference foe the University of Providence (formerly Great Falls) in the home-opener on Nov. 15. Following its game against the Argos, MSU will travel to Omaha on Nov. 17 to meet the Mavericks. Montana State returns to Worthington Arena on Nov. 25 to play MSU Billings, before hosting its first ever Bobcat School Day game against Wyoming on Nov. 29 with a tentative start time of 11 a.m.
“We are thrilled to host our first Bobcat Basketball School Day,” Binford said. “This is something we’ve been talking about doing for a few years as it makes so much sense to involve our incredible community. The game will feature educational components and will include a basketball math book that ties into the strength of MSU’s prestigious math and science programs.”
MSU will open December at the Maui Classic hosted by Oregon State Dec. 1-2. The Cats will open the classic with Utah State, before finishing with Nevada. Montana State will enjoy a day off before facing Hawaii on Dec. 4 in Honolulu.
The Bobcats host Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 9, before concluding non-conference action at BYU on Dec. 22.
Montana State will open its Big Sky Conference slate when Southern Utah enters Worthington Arena on Dec. 28. The annual Brawl of the Wild contests against rival Montana are slated for Jan. 20 in Bozeman and Feb. 24 in Missoula.
In addition, MSU will host two exhibition games on Nov. 1 versus Montana Tech and Nov. 3 against South Dakota School of Mines. Four home games during the season will feature doubleheaders with the Bobcat men’s team (Nov. 1 & 15, Dec. 9, Jan. 20). Start times are still to be determined.
Season ticket renewals for 2016-17 season ticket holders will be live in August, with renewal paperwork being mailed out in the next two weeks. New fans will have the opportunity to purchase season tickets beginning September 15. More information, including pricing and promotional schedule, will be released in the coming weeks.
2017-18 Montana State Women’s Basketball Schedule
Nov.1 Montana Tech (exhibition)
Nov. 3 South Dakota School of Mines (exhibition)
Nov. 10 at USC
Nov. 12 at Long Beach State
Nov. 15 University of Providence
Nov. 17 at Omaha
Nov. 25 MSU Billings
Nov. 29 Wyoming
Dec. 1 vs. Utah State – Maui Classic
Dec. 2 vs. Nevada – Maui Classic
Dec. 4 at Hawaii
Dec. 9 Stephen F. Austin
Dec. 22 at BYU
Dec. 28 Southern Utah*
Dec. 30 Northern Arizona*
Jan. 4 at Northern Colorado*
Jan. 6 at North Dakota*
Jan. 11 Portland State*
Jan. 13 Sacramento State*
Jan. 20 Montana*
Jan. 25 at Northern Arizona*
Jan. 27 at Southern Utah*
Feb. 1 North Dakota*
Feb. 3 Northern Colorado*
Feb. 8 at Sacramento State*
Feb. 10 at Portland State*
Feb. 15 Idaho*
Feb. 17 Eastern Washington*
Feb. 24 at Montana*
Feb. 28 at Idaho State*
March 2 at Weber State*
March 5-10 at Big Sky Conference Tournament