Fresh off its first Big Sky Conference win in 51 tries, the Weber State women’s basketball team will host Montana and Montana State Thursday and Saturday respectively.
The Wildcats stormed back to beat rival Idaho State on Monday night at the Dee Events Center and now hope to turn it into a winning streak against two of the toughest teams in the conference.
Montana (16-7, 10-4) comes into this week’s matchup a half of a game back of first place North Dakota. The Grizzlies beat Weber State, 68-52, in Missoula on January 25.
Montana is the number one defense in the conference, allowing only 61.3 points per game. Defense has been longtime Montana coach Robin Selvig’s calling card and 2013-14 is no different.
Montana State (12-11, 7-7) has struggled over the second half of the year. The Bobcats were in second place when the Wildcats traveled to Bozeman nearly a month ago. Montana State beat the Wildcats then, 87-71.
The Bobcats are the fourth-highest scoring offense in the Big Sky, scoring an average of 73 points per game. They are led by sophomore Jasmine Hommes who scores 13.4 points per game.
The Wildcats have played very aggressively defensively this season. The Cats are second in the Big Sky in steals with 9.4 per game. They are led by sophomore guard Regina Okoye who forces an average of 2.9 steals per game to lead the Big Sky Conference.
Teammate Desiree Ramos got in on the game, picking up eight steals in the win over Idaho State on Monday.
The sophomore point guard is the Cats’ leading scorer, pouring in 13.9 points per game.
Thursday night’s tipoff is set for 7 p.m. while Saturday’s will be at 2 p.m. If you wear purple on Thursday, you can get in free, and Saturday is a free for all game.