BOZEMAN – The Montana State women’s basketball team is back at its successfull ways in the Big Sky Conference. The two-time defending champion has started Big Sky play 2-0 with wins over Southern Utah and Northern Arizona.

The Bobcats won in convincing fashion by an average of 31 points, but this week will be their real test of strength. The Cats are 1-4 this season when they play outside Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, and the next two games on the road against Northern Colorado and North Dakota will show this team’s mettle.

“You got to find ways to win on the road, and for us at this point of the year, we are struggling to find that way,” said MSU head coach Tricia Binford. “So for us this is a huge step to prove where we are really as a group and as a program if we can find a way to win on the road.”

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Northern Colorado, MSU’s next opponent, is the only team above the Bobcats in the Big Sky, holding a 10-3 record.

“We haven’t had a lot of success in Greeley (Colo.), so we are going to have to be on all cylinders. We are going to have to put offense and defense together, we are going to have to do a great job of taking care of the basketball,” said Binford. “If we can do that on the road then I think we have a great shot at being successful.”

The game against Northern Colorado is Thursday at 7 p.m.

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