BOZEMAN — On Wednesday night the Montana State Bobcats women’s basketball team was supposed to kick its season off versus the South Dakota School of Mines, but that game was canceled.
“It was just more of not surprised," said head coach Tricia Binford. "We’re just ready for things to kind of fall and then it’s just kind of being ready for the next step.”
The Bobcats' next scheduled game is Dec. 6 at home versus North Dakota. The Fighting Hawks had to cancel their opener due to a positive COVID test.
“We just kind of tried to prepare ourselves for what our schedule looks like today," Binford said. "Whatever game we get to have and get to practice, we’re going to make the most of it and we’re going to run with it.”
Men’s basketball coach Danny Sprinkle said due to various circumstances the men's team hasn't scrimmaged in six weeks, and coach Binford said her team has practiced even less.
“It’s been challenging, I won’t lie," she said. "That stuff has been very, very mentally challenging on the team, and we just want to get some games for them under their belt, get the season rolling. I think that’s going to help in a mental way more than anything else.”
But no matter when their first game is, or who they play going forward, the Bobcats will be ready.
“Things might not be as sharp as what we typically will expect this time of year, but, boy, are we going to give you a dog fight," said Binford. "There’s certain things we can control and that’s our effort, that’s how we’re going to approach it and when we get to go, we’re going to go.”
There are high expectations for the Bobcats this season after winning the Big Sky Conference last year, but they know that they have a lot to prove.
“We’re here for a reason, we’re here for business," said sophomore guard Darian White. "I just want to come out as a team and just prove who we are and not settle for anything, no matter what the preseason polls were, no matter what anyone says about us, I just want to come out and do really well this season.”