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Montana State's Kola Bad Bear named Big Sky Conference Player of the Week

Kola Bad Bear is the only Treasure State representative on the Bobcat team
Posted at 1:15 PM, Dec 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-14 15:15:29-05

BOZEMAN — (Editor's Note: Montana State Athletics Press Release)

Montana State's Kola Bad Bear, a 6-2 junior forward from Billings, has been named the ROAR Organic #BigSkyWBB Player of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Bad Bear played a major role as the Bobcats ran its current win streak to five games with victories over MSU Billings and Utah Valley, last weekend. For the two games, the Billings Senior product, averaged 19 points and 10.5 rebounds, while shooting 61.9% from the field and 84.6% from the line.

In MSU's win over the Yellowjackets, Bad Bear scored a career-high 21 points and pulled down a career-best 17 rebounds. She connected on six-of-11 from the field and went nine-of-ten at the line. Thirteen of her rebounds came off the offensive glass.

Bad Bear followed that performance with 17 points, four rebounds, an assist and a steal as the Bobcats defeated Utah Valley on Saturday afternoon. Utah Valley had previously posted victories over Big Sky foes Montana, Portland State and Southern Utah. For the game, Bad Bear converted seven-of-ten from the floor, including one 3-pointer.

"Kola is turning into a dominate inside presence for us, and has been very consistent with her play," said Ellen Kreighbaum Women's Head Basketball Coach Tricia Binford. "She continues to get better and better on both ends of the floor, and this is great recognition of her efforts."

Bad Bear has played in all 11 games, including nine starts. She is averaging 9.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 51.2% from the field and 70% at the free throw line.

Montana State hosts Seattle U on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Worthington Arena.