BOZEMAN — Home games against defending WNIT champion South Dakota State and perennial Pac-12 power Arizona State mark Montana State’s 2022-23 women’s basketball schedule, MSU head coach Tricia Binford announced Thursday.
MSU’s non-conference roster includes six home games, four away games and three games scheduled at neutral venues. The preseason ledger includes opponents from nine conferences and precedes the 18-game Big Sky schedule.
“Our preseason schedule is packed with great competition and an opportunity for our fans to see quality opponents at the (Brick Breeden) Fieldhouse,” Binford said. “We must be ready to run the gauntlet. This schedule will test our seasoned squad and prepare us for the rigors of the big sky game.”
The Bobcats end their season on Nov. 5 with an act against South Dakota Mines before opening the regular season, which hosts the University of Providence, a usual force of the Frontier Conference and NAIA National Tournament competitor.
MSU kicks off street action at BYU on November 12th. The Bobcats dropped an 89-67 decision against the then-19th Cougars last December. BYU won the West Coast Conference regular-season title and secured a vacancy in the NCAA tournament. Overall, the Cougars went 26-4 overall and 15-1 in league play.
The Bobcats return to Worthington Arena on November 15 to take on Arizona State. The Sun Devils are led by first-year head coach Natasha Adair, who replaced retired longtime ASU mentor Charli Turner Thorne. Turner Thorne spent 25 years in Tempe and led the Sun Devils to 14 NCAA tournament appearances. MSU closes its brief homestand with North Dakota on November 18th.
Montana State will play three games away from the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse around the Thanksgiving break. The Bobcats play San Jose State on November 22 before traveling to Denton, Texas for the November 25 North Texas Classic against Abilene Christian and November 27 against UNT.
MSU wraps up November with South Dakota State on November 30th. Last season, the Jackrabbits won the WNIT title with six postseason wins, ending 29-9 overall, and won the Summit League by a 17-1 mark. SDSU defeated the Bobcats 78-49 on November 18 at Brookings.
MSU faces a familiar enemy on December 2nd in Laramie, Wyoming. The Cowgirls went 17-13 last season and had two wins in WNIT action. After a home game against Saint Mary’s on December 12 – a WCC school that won the Women’s Basketball Invitational tournament last winter – the Bobcats travel to Hawaii on December 17-18 for the Maui Invitational. The Maui Invite is participating along with MSU Oregon State, LSU and Nevada. The Bobcats will wrap up the non-conference promotion where Cal Poly takes place on December 21st.
The state of Montana opens its Big Sky ledger December 29 in Idaho. MSU’s first home conference game is scheduled for Jan. 5 against Northern Colorado. The annual Cat Griz games are played in Missoula on January 21 and Bozeman on February 18.