BOZEMAN – The Montana State women’s basketball team has a week to prepare for its most exciting matchup of the season. The Bobcats welcome in rival Montana to their home floor on Saturday.
Last year, these two teams split the series. But there are a lot of new faces on this MSU squad that haven’t yet played in a Cat-Griz game, and Montana State has yet to find consistent footing in Big Sky Conference play.
The Bobcats haven’t won two consecutive games since the first pair of matches at the beginning of conference play. For them to begin to turn the tides on Saturday, they need to play calm through the excitement but come out fast at the start.
“There’s obviously no reason we won’t be up for it as far as an energy standpoint. The atmosphere is going to be unbelievable, our fans are remarkable, we love our community. We want to play well for them,” said Bobcats head coach Tricia Binford. “I think that’s never been a challenge as far as the desire, and part of it is we’ve just been telling the kids that you have to be able to play hard and smart together. So, we have to channel that adrenaline in the right way and make sure it’s executing on both ends.”