Schedule released for upcoming Montana State Bobcats women’s basketball season
BOZEMAN – (Editor’s note: MSU press release)
The Montana State women’s basketball team will face five teams that have advanced to the 2021 NCAA tournament as part of its 2021-22 schedule, Bobcat head coach Tricia Binford announced Monday afternoon.
“Our preseason schedule is getting tough and will test us every night,” said Binford. “We will not only compete against an elite competition with games against the top 50 programs, but also face adverse road environments that will prepare us well for the season of the Big Sky Conference.”
After a home game against the South Dakota Mines, the MSU opened their regular season on November 9 against the Frontier Conference champion Carroll College. The Bobcats then begin a stretch of six consecutive street games beginning November 11 in Gonzaga, taking the West Coast title last winter with a 23-4 overall record and a 16-1 league ledger en route to the NCAA tournament. Montana State concludes its opening swing with a stop in Las Vegas against the UNLV on November 13th.
The Bobcats travel to the upper Midwest to fulfill home and home agreements with South Dakota State and North Dakota before Thanksgiving. The MSU will meet the SDSU on November 18 in Brookings. Last season the Jackrabbits got a total of 21: 4 and won the Summit League with a 14: 0 mark. SDSU fell in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The state of Montana ends its second road trip in Grand Forks against the Fighting Hawks on November 20.
MSU plays Thanksgiving weekend on its only regular seasonal tournament when it travels to San Luis Obispo, California for the Cal Poly Invite. The Bobcats will play North Texas on November 26th, followed by the Mustangs on November 27th.
Montana State opens December with Big Sky play against Northern Colorado (December 2nd) and Sacramento State (December 4th) at Worthington Arena. The two league competitions begin a six-game homestand for the Bobcats.
“After a season with no or limited fans, we can’t wait to be in front of our audience again,” said Binford. “We are very grateful for the support we received from our fans last season and now we want to give something back to them.”
MSU will host the sister school’s MSU billings on Thursday, December 9, before closing the weekend game with Utah Valley on Saturday. The Bobcats defeated the Wolverines last winter with 66-63 at Orem. Utah Valley represented the Western Athletic Conference at the NCAA tournament.
The Bobcats complete their non-conference schedule before the Christmas break. MSU will play Seattle U on December 18th and BYU on December 21st. Last winter the Cougars took 19: 6 in the overall standings and 13: 3 in the WCC action. BYU advanced to the NCAA tournament where it pissed Rutgers off in the first round before falling to eventual runner-up Arizona (52-46) to advance to the Sweet 16.
Montana State resumes Big Sky play on December 30th at Weber State in Ogden, Utah. The annual Cat Griz Games are held in Bozeman on January 8th and Missoula on February 26th. The Big Sky Conference tournament will take place March 7-11 in Boise, Idaho.
2021-22 Montana State Women’s basketball schedule
6 South Dakota Mines (exhibit) Bozeman
9 Carroll College Bozeman
11 in Gonzaga Spokane, WA
13 at UNLV Las Vegas, NV
18 in South Dakota State Brookings, SD
20 in North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
26 v North Texas San Luis Obispo, CA
27 at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA
2 Northern Colorado * Bozeman
4 State of Sacramento * Bozeman
9 MSU accounts Bozeman
11 Utah Valley Bozeman
18 Seattle U Bozeman
21 BYU Bozeman
30 at Weber State * Ogden, UT
1 in the state of Idaho * Pocatello, ID
6 Idaho * Bozeman
8 Montana * Bozeman
15 in southern Utah * Cedar City, UT
20 Northern Arizona * Bozeman
22 Portland State * Bozeman
27 in East Washington * Cheney, WA
29 in Idaho * Moscow, ID
3 Idaho State * Bozeman
5 Weber State * Bozeman
10 in Portland State * Portland, OR
12 in Northern Arizona * Flagstaff, AZ
17 East Washington * Bozeman
19 Southern Utah * Bozeman
26 in Montana * Missoula, MT
2 in the state of Sacramento * Sacramento, CA
4 in Northern Colorado * Greeley, CO
7-11 at the Big Sky Conference Tournament Boise, ID