Cats harbor T-Birds; Travel to Portland State

WHO: Southern Utah in the State of Montana
WHEN: Saturday, February 19 at 2 p.m. (MT)
OR: Bozeman, Mont. – Worthington Arena
RECORDS: Montana State 16-10, 11-4; So. Utah 15-9, 11-4
SERIES: Montana State leads the all-time series 21-6 (1988)
LAST MTG: February 10, 2022 – Montana St 60, @ So. Utah 70 OT

WHO: Montana State to Portland State
WHEN: Monday, February 21 at 7 p.m. (MT)
OR: Portland, Oregon – Viking Pavilion
RECORDS: Montana St. 16-10, 11-4; Portland St. 5-16, 0-13
SERIES: Montana State leads all-time series 40-28 (1976)
LAST MTG: January 22, 2022 – @ Montana State 71, PSU 56

RADIO: MSU’s game against So. Utah airs live on 103.5 KZMY FM; at PSU on 1450 KMMS AM – Pregame – 15 min. before tipping.
VIDEO: MSU’s matches against So. Utah and Portland State will be broadcast live on ESPN+ (subscription required).

FOLLOWING : Montana State concludes its 2021-22 home roster on Saturday, Feb. 19 against Southern Utah at 2 p.m. Saturday’s game pays tribute to seniors Gaby Mocchi and Ashley Van sickle, as well as student leader Sophia Seffrood. Montana State will face Portland State on Monday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. (MT) at the Viking Pavilion in its originally scheduled February 10 matchup that was postponed due to Vikings program COVID protocols.

BOBCATS BITES: Montana State — beginning with its Saturday game against Southern Utah — closes the season by playing five games over the next two weeks, the final four all on the road, at Portland State (February 21), Montana (February 26), Sacramento State (March 2), Northern Colorado (March 4)… with two rebounds on Saturday, Montana State’s Darian White will become the first true Bobcats point guard in program history to record more than 1,000 points, 400 rebounds, 300 assists and 200 steals.

DISCOVERING THE THUNDERBIRDS: Southern Utah enters Saturday’s game 15-9 overall and 11-4 in Big Sky Conference play. The Thunderbirds did not play Thursday, after beating Northern Colorado, 77-53, in Cedar City on Monday night. In their win over the Bears, Southern Utah was beaten by Darri Dotson with 20 points and nine rebounds. The Bobcats and Thunderbirds met nine days ago in Cedar City, with SUU picking up a 70-60 overtime win. The Cats held a 50-39 lead with 8:43 to go, but the Thunderbirds went 19-8 to force the extra period. In overtime, SUU went 10-0 with 2:25 to go to secure the win. Montana State was ruled by Taylor Janssen with a career-high 16 points, while Gaby Mocchi added 14. The T-Birds were led by Cherita Daugherty and Daylani Ballena with 19 and 15 points, respectively. During the season, SUU was trailed by Daugherty (10.6 ppg), Dotson (10.5 ppg), and Ballena (10.3 ppg). Under the glass, Dotson (8.2 rpg) and Lizzy Williamson (8.1 rpg) rank fourth and fifth respectively in the Big Sky.

IN SEARCH OF THE VIKINGS: Portland State takes on Montana on Saturday in the Pink City before meeting the Bobcats on Monday. The Vikings (5-16, 0-13) had three games postponed — Feb. 10 vs. MSU, Feb. 12 vs. UM, Feb. 14 vs. Idaho — before returning to Northern Arizona Hardwood Thursday night, where he dropped a 94-66 decision to the Lumberjacks. Against NAU, the Vikings were led by Esmeralda Morales and Alaya Fitzgerald with 24 and 12 points respectively. Morales (12.1 ppg), Fitzgerald (10.6 ppg), along with Jada Lewis (10.3 ppg) and Savanah Dhaliwal (10 ppg) account for 71% of Portland State’s offensive output. In his first meeting with MSU, the Vikings were led by Lewis with 18 points, including a 5-of-7 effort from beyond the arc. kola bad bear and Darian White led MSU with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

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