BOZEMAN — As the nonconference season slogged along, Montana State senior Delany Junkermier fell deeper into an ugly shooting slump.
She hit rock bottom in early December when she failed to make a field goal in back-to-back games against Hawaii and Stephen F. Austin. By the time the Bobcats’ non-league schedule concluded, Junkermier was making only 28 percent of her shots, including a mere 17 percent from 3-point range.
But something clicked for Junkermier once the Big Sky Conference season began, and she is now one of MSU’s prolific scorers. That trend continued Saturday in the Bobcats’ 85-50 rout of Sacramento State at Worthington Arena in which Junkermier scored a career-high 23 points.
The guard from Spokane made 7 of 12 from the floor and hit 5 of 6 3-point attempts to help Montana State get back in the win column after three consecutive losses.
It was a much-needed victory for the Bobcats, who were a bit fragile emotionally following a 69-60 loss to Portland State on Thursday, which ended their 31-game home winning streak.
Junkermier's 23 points against Sac State eclipsed her previous career-high point total of 22.
N. COLORADO 63, IDAHO ST. 57: At Pocatello, Id., guards Savannah Smith and Savannah Scott each scored 17 points in leading the league-co-leading Bears to the win. Grace Kenyton scored a team-high 15 points for the Bengals.
WEBER ST. 80, N. DAKOTA 69: At Ogden, Utah, the Wildcats raced to an 18-7 lead in the first quarter and stayed in front. Larryn Brooks led the hosts with 19 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Jill Morton tallied 22 points for the Fighting Hawks.
S. UTAH 60, N. ARIZONA 57: At Flagstaff, Ariz., Rebecca Cardenas hit a jumper with 1:16 left to put the T-birds in front and she added two free throws late to provide the margin of victory. Cardenas finished with 20 points and seven rebounds. Olivia Lucero tallied 17 points for the Lumberjacks.