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Bobcat men look to stay perfect in Big Sky, women hope to stay perfect at home

By Kane O'Neill, KTVM Sports, koneill@ktvm.com
Published On: Jan 08 2014 10:50:20 PM MST
Updated On: Jan 08 2014 10:56:44 PM MST

Both the Montana State men and women will play their 3rd and 4th conference games this week and both will look to keep some of their perfect streaks alive.

The MSU men are currently 2-0 in Big Sky conference play and will try and keep that streak alive as they travel to Portland State Thursday. It will not be an easy task however, as they are 2-5 on the road this season.

"What defines the teams that finish at the top of league play are those that go on the road and win," said MSU men's head coach Brad Huse. "It's up to us to go on the road now and be mentally tough and figure out a way to win."

"At the beginning of the season, you kind of have an idea of who you are as a team," said MSU senior Paul Egwuonwu. "As you get more experience together as a unit you solidify roles a little more and get more comfortable together."

The Bobcats are one of four teams in the Big Sky that still hold a perfect record in conference play and are hoping to carry some of that momentum into their match-up Thursday.

"Some of the guys who had a little less experience, getting these two wins under their belt helped them a lot," said Egwuonwu. "They kind of see the intensity that league play comes with, so I think that experience will help us a lot and we'll definitely ride this momentum."

The women are coming off their conference opening road trip where they went 1-1, falling to Sac State before defeating Northern Arizona last Saturday.

"I like the fact that we got that tough road trip out of the way when school was out of session," said MSU women's head coach Tricia Binford. "I don't remember the last time we went to Sac State and Northern Arizona this early in the year."

The women have been unbeatable at home this year...literally. The Lady Bobcats are 5-0 at home this year and are excited to get off the road where they are 2-5 this season as well.

"Nobody's okay with coming away from a split when you feel like you had an opportunity to win a game," said Binford. "When you look at us being able to put up 90+ points we should be able to do a much better job on defense, so I felt like that was an opportunity somewhat missed by us."

"We would love to be 2-0 right now in conference," said MSU junior Jackie Elliot. "We have two more games this week and we're gonna take them pretty hard. It's a good start for us. We learned a lot about our defense. We have 18 more games so a long season ahead of us."

The women will host Portland State Thursday at 7:05 P.M., while the men's game tips off in Portland at 8:00 Mountain time.