After holding securely to the number one position in the Big Sky Conference early in the season, the Montana State Women's Basketball team came crashing back to earth in the form of a six game losing streak in late January and early February. Instead of winning the regular season title, hosting the Big Sky Conference Tournament and having a bye in the first round of games, they had to fight and claw to snag the number six seed.
And on Wednesday night, in their opening round matchup against three seed Eastern Washington, their season came to a close.
"It's been the time of my life," senior leader Rachel Semansky said in a media release by MSU. "Playing basketball at MSU has been a huge blessing."
The Lady Eagles downed the Cats 68-53, after MSU trailed by just a single point heading into halftime.
"We were undisciplined," Head Coach Tricia Binford said in the MSU media release. "We had turnovers on our end and Eastern Washington was a half-step ahead of us on the other."
Montana State coughed up the ball 19 times, and Eastern took advantage by scoring 22 points off those turnovers.
The Cats' shooting woes continued as well, as they sunk just 36.7% of their shots, opposed to the Eagles scoring on nearly 50% of their attempts. The three point shooting slump that MSU has experienced much of the season was in full effect as the Cats made just two of their fourteen shots from three.
Semansky, a 2nd team All-Big Sky honoree, only shot the ball six times, converting on three of those attempts. No Bobcat scored in double figures for the game.
Butte native Lexie Nelson played all 40 minutes for the Eagles and scored 18 points while pulling down four rebounds.
Eastern Washington will face Northern Colorado Friday at 11 a.m.