(Editor’s Note: Montana Press Release)
BOSEMAN — Montana senior Darian White posted MSU’s first double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Bobcats to a 72-65 win over Idaho at Worthington Arena Monday night. was recorded.
White’s jumper in the lane with 2 minutes and 25 seconds remaining gave her 1,500 career points, making her the fifth bobcat in history to reach the milestone.
MSU head coach Tricia Binford said, “I thought Darien really set us up.” It’s great to see what you’ve achieved.
Montana State (12-7, 5-2) built the game’s biggest lead at 62-52 with 7 minutes and 44 seconds remaining, followed by two free throws by Cola Bad Bear. Idaho (6-11, 2-4) clattered his 3-pointer back-to-back from a 12-1 run to stake him a 64-63 advantage with 3:56 remaining. I answered with
MSU’s Kaitlyn Limaldo stepped to the line and made two free throws 14 seconds later to give the Bobcats a one-point lead and Montana State closed out the game with a 9-1 run. Seven points in less than two minutes secured the victory for the Bobcats.
“It’s been a huge effort from everyone,” said Binford. “We won the rebound and the foul line. Those were the two big goals going into the game. We worked from the inside out and I thought we did a great job.”
The game featured 13 lead changes and 5 draws as MSU maintained a slight 35-34 lead during the break. Lexi Deden and White set the pace for the Bobcats with 8 and her 7 respectively in the first half.
Deden finished the game with 11 points, while Rimaldo missed his first career double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.
MSU held a 47-32 advantage under the board and connected at 21-24 from the line. The Bobcats shot 40% of his shots from the field, including his 3-of-12 shots from over the arc. Idaho hit 35.5% from the floor and from long range he went 10-38.
UI’s Beyonce Bea led all players with 27 points while adding 8 rebounds.