Cats Head to Holiday Beach Classic – Montana State University Athletics

WHO:                 Montana State vs. North Texas
WHEN:               Friday, November 26, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. (MT)
WHERE:             San Luis Obispo, Calif. – Mott Athletics Center
RECORDS:          Montana State 1-4, 0-0; North Texas 2-2, 0-0
SERIES:               First Meeting
LAST MTG:        First Meeting
 
WHO:                 Montana State at Cal Poly
WHEN:               Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. (MT)
WHERE:             San Luis Obispo, Calif. – Mott Athletics Center
RECORDS:          Montana State 1-4, 0-0; Cal Poly 0-2, 0-0
SERIES:               Montana State leads all-time series 2-1 (1996)
LAST MTG:        Dec. 20, 2016 – Montana State 71, @ Cal Poly 52
 
RADIO:               Game vs. North Texas on My 103.5 KZMY FM; Game vs. Cal Poly on 1450 KMMS AM. Mark Martello P-B-P.
VIDEO:                Montana State’s game against Cal Poly can be seen on ESPN+ (subscription needed). No video vs. North Texas.
 
UP NEXT:  Montana State will travel to the Holiday Beach Classic over the Thanksgiving break for a pair of non-conference games. Hosted by Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, the Bobcats will face North Texas on Friday, Nov. 26 at 3:30 p.m. (MT) in the Mott Athletics Center. Montana State meets Cal Poly on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 3:30 p.m. to conclude tournament play. The Bobcats will face the Mean Green for the first time and will meet the Mustangs for the fourth time. MSU holds a narrow 2-1 advantage in its all-time series with Cal Poly.
 
BOBCAT BITES: In its two-game road swing through the Dakotas last week, the Bobcats were led by junior point guard Darian White, who averaged 13 points, 4.5 steals, 4.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game. Also averaging in double figures was sophomore forward Lexi Deden, who chipped in 10 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest. Deden, a product of Missoula, posted her first collegiate double-double with 17 points and 10 boards at UND.
 
ABOUT NORTH TEXAS: North Texas is 2-2 overall, after dropping a 75-74 decision to UT Arlington on Saturday in Denton. The Mean Green were led in the loss by Quincy Noble and Aly Gamez, who scored 18 and 17 points, respectively. On the season, Noble, a 5-10 native of McKinney, Texas is averaging 15.5 point and 5.3 rebounds per game. Gamez, a 5-6 grad student from Irving, Texas, is chipping in 10.5 points, 7-0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per contest, while shooting 45.2% from the field. The Mean Green’s two victories have come over the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (93-58) and Howard (94-56).
 
ABOUT CAL POLY: Cal Poly is 0-2 on the season, after dropping a 72-32 decision to #10 Louisville on Tuesday night in the Mott Athletics Center. Sarah Dumitrescu, a 6-foot freshman from Bucharest, Romania, led the Mustangs with 12 points and four rebounds, as Cal Poly shot just 20.3% from the field and 11.8% from beyond the arc. The Mustang also suffered a 91-77 setback to Santa Clara on Nov. 10. In its game with the Broncos, Cal Poly was paced by Maddie Willett and Sydney Bourland with 18 and 13 points, respectively. Cal Poly will face St. Thomas on Friday in its first game of the Holiday Beach Classic.
 
I DARE YA:  Darian White, a preseason All-Big Sky Conference selection, leads the Bobcats in scoring (12.8 ppg), rebounding (4.6 rpg), three-pointers (1.0/g), assists (16) and steals (13). She has been in double figure scoring in all five games, including a season-best 15 points at Gonzaga. The reigning Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Year pulled down a season-high eight rebounds against the Zags. Last weekend, the Boise, Idaho product averaged 13 points, 4.5 steals, 4.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds per contest against South Dakota State and North Dakota. At UND on Saturday, White recorded a career-high seven steals. She is now 37 steals shy of breaking into MSU’s all-time steals chart. She is currently averaging 3.2 assists per outing.
 
ASHLEY’S ACCOLADES:  Senior Ashley Van Sickle has played in all five games this season and is averaging 4.4 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. The Arvada, Colo., product posted a season-best eight points in MSU’s season-opening victory over Carroll College. She also recorded three rebounds, an assist and steal against the Saints. Van Sickle is shooting 34.8% from the field and is four-of-four at the free throw line. Van Sickle had her best outing last week at South Dakota State scoring five points, including a 3-pointer in 15 minutes of action.
 
DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS:  Leia Beattie has played in all five games for the Bobcats, including three starts. So far this season, she is averaging 5.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per contest. Beattie had her best outing of the season at North Dakota recording 11 points, two rebounds, an assist, and a steal. She went four-of-four at the line. Last season, Beattie played in 23-of-24 games and averaged 3.7 points per game. She notched a career-high 14 points against Northern Arizona last January. Beattie comes to Montana State with a familiar Treasure State pedigree. Her mother, Kelly (Pilcher) was a two-time All-Big Sky selection at Montana and is sixth all-time in assists. In addition, her 15 assists versus Boise State and Northern Arizona still rank first in single-game history. Beattie’s aunt/coach at Midland Christian Academy, Carla (Beattie) Cunneen, is also a former Lady Griz and was the 1996 Big Sky Sixth Player of the Year.
 
OUT ON A LIMB:  Sophomore Katelynn Limardo has started the last four games for the Bobcats, after opening the season with 16 points and seven rebounds against Carroll College coming off the bench. The product of Silver City, N.M. (a town where lawman Harvey Whitehall was the first to arrest Billy the Kid, known at the time under the alias Henry Antrim in 1875), is averaging 6.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per outing. In addition, Limardo is shooting 41.7% from the field. Last weekend, she posted 13 points and pulled down a season-best eight rebounds at North Dakota. Last winter, she started in all 24 games and averaged 6.6 points and 4.5 rebounds. Limardo had her best game of the 2020-21 season at Eastern Washington on Feb. 13, scoring a team-high 17 points. Against EWU, she connected on 6-6 from the field and was 5-5 from long distance.
 
KEEP FEEDIN’ DEDEN:   Lexi Deden, a 6-1 sophomore forward from Missoula, is second on the squad averaging 7.4 points per contest. She is also pulling down 4.6 boards per contest. Deden had her best outing of the season last Saturday at North Dakota. Against the Fighting Hawks, she recorded her first collegiate double-double with 17 points and a career-best ten rebounds. For the game, she went four-of-nine from the field and was nine-of-ten at the charity stripe. Last season, Deden recorded a career-high 22 points in MSU’s win over Northern Arizona on Jan. 23 when she connected on 10-14 from the field. The Deden name is also familiar in Montana basketball circles. Deden’s mother Dawn (Silliker) played at Montana from 1984-88. At UM, Silliker was a 1,000-point scorer and was an all-Mountain West pick. In addition, Lexi’s aunt and former head coach at Sentinel High, Karen Deden, was a standout at Washington and is in the Husky Hall of Fame.
 
KUDOS TO KOLA:  Junior Kola Bad Bear has played in all five games, including three starts. On the season, the 6-2 forward is averaging 3.2 points and 2.4 rebounds per contest. Bad Bear had her best outing of the season at UNLV on Nov. 13, posting six points and six rebounds, while shooting 42.9% from the field. Last winter, Bad Bear had her best outing at Portland State on Jan. 14 posting a career-high 16 points.
 
ALL JACKED UP:  Junior Madison Jackson has played in all five games, including starting the last two contests in the Dakotas. Jackson had her best performance against North Dakota recording six points. She also had two steals, and an offensive board. Last season, the native of Parma, Idaho had her best game as the Bobcats defeated Idaho State in Worthington Arena. Against the Bengals, Jackson notched a career-high 20 points, including 13 in the first half. For the game, she connected on 6-of-9 from the field, including three 3-pointers. 
 
MENTIONING MIA:  Freshman Mia Hughes has played in five games, including three starts. The product of Woodinville, Wash., is averaging 4.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest. Hughes had her best outing of the season at North Dakota last Saturday afternoon registering seven points and six rebounds. All her points came at the free throw line where she went seven-of-eight from the stripe. Hughes is currently hitting at a 90.9% (10-11) clip from the line.
 
RARE AIR:  Freshman Lindsey Hein is the tallest (6-6) player to ever wear the Blue and Gold. The Forsyth, Mont., native has played in all five games, including two starts. In the season-opener against Carroll College, she came off the bench to score a game-high 16 points, while pulling down seven rebounds. Hein is first on the team shooting 57.9% from the field. She is averaging 5.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. Last weekend, Hein had her best outing at South Dakota State with six points and three rebounds in 12 minutes of action.
 
RANSON NOTE:  Sophomore Ava Ranson averaged 5.5 points and 1.0 rebounds per contest last at South Dakota State and North Dakota. The 5-10 product of Boise, Idaho had her best game against the Jackrabbits. At SDSU, Ranson recorded eight points on three-on-nine from the field, including a pair of three-pointers.
 

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