MSU women fall in S. Utah

CEDAR CITY, Utah — With its leading scorer playing just nine minutes due to foul trouble, the Montana State offense couldn’t muster enough fire power as Southern Utah posted a 70-60 win over the Bobcats, Saturday afternoon in Centrum Arena. SUU-MSU stats

Montana State’s (13-13, 8-9) Jasmine Hommes entered the contest averaging 13.7 points per game, but due to two early fouls played only four minutes in the opening stanza and five minutes in the second half, before fouling out with 9:51 remaining in the game.

At the time, Southern Utah (19-8, 13-5) held an 11-point advantage, before MSU rallied with six straight points to cut the margin to 55-50 with 8:03 left following a pair of Kayla DeWit free throws. The Thunderbirds staved off the run via a three-pointer by Hailey Mandelko and MSU would get no closer.

“I thought our first half was the story,” MSU head coach Tricia Binford said. “We were inefficient and individual with the offense. Our shot selection was poor, we played undisciplined defense and it was a hard deficit to overcome.”

The Bobcats were paced by two bench players as DeWit finished with 11 points and seven rebounds, while Margreet Barhoum added 11 points. Junior Kalli Durham was also in double-digits with 10 points, while hauling down seven boards.

For the game, MSU shot 35 percent from the field, but were an icy 29 percent in the first half. The Bobcats also committed an uncharacteristic 18 turnovers, while SUU had ten miscues.

The Thunderbirds were led by Lori Parkinson with 20 points and nine rebounds.

Montana State will host Montana on Monday, before closing out the regular-season with Northern Arizona on Thursday and Sacramento State on Saturday.

— MSU Sports Information

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