MSU women drop matinee in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Montana State women’s basketball team couldn’t get a shot to fall in the first half and its rally from a 24-point deficit in the second stanza proved insurmountable as Portland State handed the Bobcats its fifth straight loss with a 72-61 decision over MSU, Saturday afternoon in the Stott Center. MSU-PSU stats

Montana State (11-10, 6-6) shot 26 percent in the opening period, including an icy 22 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Portland State (6-15, 4-8) used a 16-0 run to pull away from the Bobcats midway through the period as MSU went without a basket for almost nine-minutes. The Vikings held a 31-19 advantage at intermission.

“We missed some shots at the start and we tensed up,” MSU head coach Tricia Binford said. “We’re struggling with some confidence, but that’s on ourselves. This team knows it has the ability; we just need to get back to where we were a month ago.

“On the positive side, I thought we had a much better effort on the defensive end,” Binford said. “I have never had to question our effort.”

MSU found itself down 24 points at the 10:48 mark of the second half, before rattling off a 29-12 run down the stretch to close to within 68-61 with just under a minute remaining. PSU closed out the game hitting four-of-six free throws.

“We got into scramble mode and started hitting some three-pointers,” Binford said. “We’re still impatient with the offense and need to work the second and third side.”

Jasmine Hommes paced MSU with 15 points, while redshirt-freshman Margreet Barhoum recorded a career-high 13 points. Alexa Dawkins came off the bench to lead the Bobcats under the glass with a career-best and game-high ten rebounds.

Portland State had three players in double-figures led by Emily Easom with 27 points.

Montana State will host Big Sky Conference-leading North Dakota on Thursday night. MSU defeated UND earlier this season 76-65 in Grand Forks.

— MSU Sports Information

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