Bench lifts MSU women

OGDEN, Utah — All season Montana State head coach Tricia Binford has raved about the play of her bench and on Saturday afternoon her reserves gave the Bobcats the lift they needed to post a 75-71 win over Weber State, to snap a two-game losing streak.

Bozeman High product Alexa Dawkins came off the pine in the final six minutes and posted four points, four rebounds and an assist. Dawkins, a 6-1 sophomore, hit the biggest shot of the contest with one-minute remaining to stave off a late Weber State (6-18, 2-14) rally, which saw WSU whittled down a nine-point Montana State (13-12, 8-8) lead with 3:44 left to just one point at the 2:29 mark.

The Bobcats converted four-of-four from the line in the final 42-seconds to secure the win.

“Our bench was huge for us,” Binford said. “Alexa and Margreet (Barhoum) gave us some big minutes.”

In a game that featured 18 lead changes and 11 ties, Weber State appeared to be pulling away at the 12:55 mark of the second stanza taking a five-point advantage following a Brianna Averette triple.

Barhoum quickly responded with five consecutive points on a layup and three-pointer to even the score at 49-all with 12:04 remaining.

“We challenged the kids to close out the game with the best effort possible,” Binford said. “Alexa had some huge rebounds, Margreet hit big shots, Kalli Durham battled down low and had seven rebounds and Ashley (Brumwell), Ausha (Cole), and Jasmine (Hommes) were solid from start to finish. Weber State is playing very well right now, and we needed a complete team effort to get the win.”

Brumwell paced MSU in the opening period scoring 13 of her game-high 20 points to give the Bobcats a 35-34 halftime advantage. Also finishing in double-digits was Hommes with 18 points.

The Bobcats also saw an eight game streak of being out-rebounded snapped as MSU held a 43-34 cushion under the glass. Dawkins finished with nine boards, while Brumwell posted eight rebounds and Durham and Hommes registered seven each.

Weber State had four players in double-figures led by Averette and Kalie Matthews with 13 points, apiece.

With the victory, the Bobcats, who entered the game in eighth place, moved into a tie for fifth place along with Idaho State and Sacramento State. MSU will play its final regular-season road game at Southern Utah on Saturday.

— MSU Sports Information

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