Six MSU women hit double figures in win

BOZEMAN — Montana State sophomore Jasmine Hommes had a career performance scoring a team-high 18 points to lead six players in double-figure scoring as the Bobcats posted an 89-69 win over Denver, Sunday afternoon in Worthington Arena.

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Hommes, a native of Lynden, Wash, went nine-of-11 from the field and pulled down four rebounds, while adding three blocked shots. She sparked the Bobcats with 10 first-half points, including six points in a span of one minute, 30-seconds to give Montana State (3-1) a 29-21 advantage at the 8:50 mark of the opening stanza.

The University of Denver (1-4) chewed away at the margin and reestablished a two-point lead with 2:42 left in the period. A Hommes jumper with seven-seconds remaining gave the Bobcats a 39-37 lead at intermission.

“I really liked our balance and I thought Jasmine, Lindsay (Stockton) and Lexi (Dawkins) gave us a nice spark in the first half,” said MSU head coach Tricia Binford. “I also liked our mentality from start to finish.”

Stockton and Dawkins, both sophomores, scored seven and six points, respectively in the opening period, which saw MSU shoot 51 percent from the field.

In the second half, with the game knotted at 43-all, the Bobcats went on an 11-4 run capped by an Emily Allen three-pointer from left baseline with 15:03 remaining. Montana State pushed the margin to 68-54 on a pair of Ausha Cole free throws at the 8:55 mark.

DU whittled the lead down to five points with 6:32 left, but the Bobcats answered closing out the game on a 21-6 run in the final five minutes.

Also notching double-digits for Montana State were Jackie Elliott 12, Kalli Durham 12, Ashley Brumwell 11, Cole 10 and Dawkins 10. Dawkins also posted a career-high scoring total.

The Bobcats finished the contest shooting a season-high 54 percent, including 58 percent in the final stanza. MSU converted five-of-ten 3-pointers, dished out 20 assists and recorded eight blocked shots.

The Pioneers won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding the Bobcats 40-37. MSU was led under the glass by Allen and Kayla DeWit with five rebounds, apiece.

“We need to work on three things before our next game,” Binford said. “Transition defense, rebounding and fouling are areas we need to improve to become a better team than what we were (this afternoon).”

The Montana State defense limited DU to 37 percent shooting, including just 29 percent in the second half. Denver finished shooting 21-26 free throws, while the Bobcats connected on 10-14 charity tosses.

The Pioneers were led in the loss by Kailey Edwards with a game-high 26 points.

Montana State will travel to Miami, Fla., where it will compete in the Florida International Thanksgiving Classic next weekend. The Bobcats will open the tournament against Villanova on Nov.29 at 6 p.m. (MST).

— MSU Sports Information 

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