Montana State Bobcats hoping to return to defense-first mentality

Posted at 11:13 PM, Feb 20, 2018

BOZEMAN — The Montana State women’s basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak against Eastern Washington last Saturday, a win that put the team a game over the .500 mark in the Big Sky Conference. But this hasn’t been the season that the two-time defending conference champions were hoping for heading into the year.

The Bobcats put together a five-game winning streak before losing the next four. This season has seen plenty of ups and downs, but head coach Tricia Binford is confidently able to diagnose the main issue with her team.

“For us, it’s about our edge on the defensive end — period,” she said. “I think we’ve been really flat. We have not been the aggressor.”

Binford’s squad gave up more than 80 points per game during the team’s losing streak, but found its rhythm in the second half of the team’s win over the Eagles. With three games — all on the road — left on the regular season schedule, her team won’t be making any excuses about shortcomings.

“I told our kids (before) Saturday’s game, there’s no upperclassmen, underclassmen anymore,” she said. “Everybody has experience at this point, so we’re going to just have to be able to step up and start the game and be ready to set a tone.”

Montana State will go for a season sweep of the Montana Grizzlies on Saturday.