Jan 17, 2011 11:46 PM by Scott Breen - Q2 Sports
OGDEN UT - Montana State's basketball women used a 10-2 run to open the second half Monday night, notching their eighth straight win 66-56 over Weber State in the Dee Events Center.
Montana State (10-8, 4-0) sophomore Rachel Semansky scored 11 second-half points to pace MSU. Semansky (Highwood) finished with a team-high 15 points, connecting on seven-of-13 from the field, while adding eight rebounds as MSU broke away from a 24-24 tie at halftime.
"It wasn't the prettiest game, but on the road, victories are at a premium," said MSU head coach Tricia Binford. "Give credit to Weber State, they really forced us into some adjustments."
After shooting just 32 percent in the first half, the Bobcats hit at a 56 percent clip in the second stanza and held a narrow 15-13 advantage in rebounding.
Montana State also received a boost from its three player bench in the final period as Latisha Adams and Kelsey Roben combined for 10 points, while Weber State's (4-11, 0-3) reserves hits for three points.
"On the second leg of a road trip you really need to rely on your bench and I felt Kelsey, Tish and Emily (Allen) really did a nice job," Binford said. "That was the best I've seen Kelsey move this season. You can really see them grow in confidence."
Aside from Semansky, three other Bobcats reached double-figures, including Katie Bussey 12, Adams 11, and Sarah Balian 10.
Bussey, a junior from Alamosa, Colo., went over the 1,000-point plateau with a layup at the 14:24 mark of the second half. Bussey becomes just one of 17 players to reach the milestone at Montana State.
Balian paced Montana State under the glass with a game-high 10 rebounds. Bobcat point-guard Ausha Cole dished out three assists and added a career-high five steals.
WSU was paced in the loss by columbus native Megan Patterson with 20 points, including six three's.
Montana State plays at Montana Saturday afternoon in Dahlberg Arena.