MSU women survive Sac State 3-point barrage

BOZEMAN — Montana State attempted 40 fewer three-pointers than Sacramento State, but shot 52.5 percent from the floor to cruise past the Hornets 81-63 in Big Sky Conference women’s basketball on Saturday. Sac State-MSU stats

The win sealed the sixth seed for MSU in next week’s league tournament in Grand Forks. The Bobcats play either Montana or Southern Utah in the first round.

Montana State got off to a flying start Saturday afternoon, leading 21-6 after eight-and-a-half minutes and 40-19 40 seconds before halftime. But back-to-back triples by Sac State and the Hornets were within 15 at the break.

MSU built its lead, and eventually held off the Hornets, by virtue of disciplined shot selection in the face of Sac State’s torrent of triples, Bobcat coach Tricia Binford said. “It was a hard thing to do with the style they play, but we stuck to the plan and got good shots,” she said.

Sacramento State whittled the lead to nine with 9:33 to play, but a jumper by Alexa Dawkins and two by Kayla DeWitt pushed the lead comfortably back into double-digits and it would never be threatened again.

MSU’s defense was at least as crisp as its shooting on Saturday, as the Bobcats held Sac State to 25.6 percentage from the floor and 22.4 percentage (11-for-49) from three-point range. MSU also forced 21 turnovers, turning those possessions into 20 points.

Jasmine Hommes led MSU with 21 points, while Jackie Elliott added 15. The team’s only senior, Ashley Brumwell, scored eight points with six assists.

— MSU Sports Information

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