CHENEY, Wash. — Montana State put together one of its best defensive performances of the season in limiting Eastern Washington to just 15 points in the second half en route to a 61-47 win Thursday night in Big Sky Conference women's basketball play.
Montana State (12-10, 7-5), which dropped an 89-87 overtime decision to Eastern Washington (5-15, 4-7) on Jan. 19 in Bozeman, held the Eagles 42 points under their total from the first encounter.
Juniors Martha Kuderer and Oliana Squires took over for Montana State in the final frame. Squires scored seven points in the first three-minutes of the quarter to push the Bobcat lead to 53-41 with 6:56 left. Kuderer secured the MSU victory going 6 of 6 from the free throw line. Her layup with 3:42 remaining gave the Bobcats its biggest lead at 59-44.
Kuderer, who returned to the MSU lineup after missing two games, posted a team-high 16 points. Squires also hit double digits with 13 points.
Montana State plays at Idaho on Saturday afternoon.