Pacific Women's Basketball: Montana State's Shooting Too Much As Pacific Falls On The Road
Finding themselves on the wrong end of an unimaginable shooting night by the Montana State Bobcats, the Pacific women's basketball team suffered a 107-58 loss on the road in Bozeman, MT on Wednesday, December 22. The loss dropped the Tigers to 3-9 on the year while the Bobcats improved to 4-8.
An unbelievable shooting performance by the Montana State Bobcats turned what looked on paper to be a good matchup between two run-and-gun type teams into a one-sided affair. Using the comforts of their home floor to find their offensive rhythm early, the Bobcats put on an unreal display of offense in the first half of the game, shooting 80.8% from the floor, to take home the victory.
Sparked by the hot hand of Katie Bussey, the Bobcats turned a 13-12 lead five minutes into the game into a 27-12 advantage with a 14-0, three minute, run in which the Bobcats went 5-of-5, including a pair of three-pointers, from the floor and 2-of-2 from the line. From there, Montana State never looked back as the Bobcats pushed their lead to 32 by the halftime horn.
In the opening half, Bussey poured in 17 of the Bobcats' 55 points, hitting 6-of-8 from the floor while tallying 3-of-3 from distance. Trying to keep pace, sophomoreKendall Rodriguezdid all she could on the offensive end for the Tigers as the second-year wing notched 11 first half points on 5-of-9 shooting.
Out of the break, the Tigers made a small push back at the Bobcats with five quick points while taking advantage of a sluggish start to the half by Montana State. However, the slow start would not hold as the Bobcats found their touch once again en route to shooting 52.5% from the field in the half. Additionally, the Bobcats were able to nail down 6-of-9 three-pointers in the half to finish 11-of-16 from distance against Pacific.
Just as Rodriguez had done in the first half it was freshmanDanielle Peaconwho tried to will her team back in the game in the second half as the Tigers' center scored 10 of her 14 points in the final 20 minutes of action. She hit 5-of-7 from the floor in the frame and grabbed five rebounds. In the half, the Tigers shot a respectable 42.9% to push their game total to 37.3% from the floor.
Montana State was paced by Bussey with a game-high 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting and five three-pointers. Four other Bobcats reached double-figures as Lyndi Seidensticker posted 19, Rachel Semansky added 16 and Chelsea Banis and Sarah Balian tallied 13 and 12, respectively.
Rodriguez finished as Pacific's top scorer as she added six points to her first half total to tally 17 points, two off her season high. She added six boards to Pacific's cause to tie with Peacon for the team lead while Peacon was the only other Tiger to reach double-figures in points next to Rodriguez.
The 107 points for Montana State was just the 12th time in Pacific history the Tigers have given up 100 points in a contest and the first since the 2005-06 season.
The Tigers will next face the No. 1 team in the land in the Connecticut Huskies on Tuesday, December 28. The game will be the first time in program history the Tigers will play host to the No. 1 team in the country. Pacific is poised to break its women's basketball attendance record, as over 5,000 tickets have already been sold. Under 1,200 tickets remain, all general admission, as reserved seating is sold out.