After suffering a disappointing start to the season with a 65-49 defeat to the Colorado Rams, the women look to pick up the pieces in order to get their first win.
The next opponent is the Montana Grizzles, who are also searching for their first win. They lost their first game of the season at Wyoming 62-67. Things only got worst for them when they were blown out at home to the Kentucky Wildcats, 54-71.
Montana has four main contrubutors on the team, ranging from 10.0-12.5 ppg. The leading scorer in this early season is sophomore Madi Schoeing, who has 12.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg. Probably the best all-around player is redshirt junior Jace Henderson. The 6'0 forward currently averages 10.5 ppg and 8.0 rpg.
Montana can relate to the Zags shooting woes, as so far they have shot just 7/38 from three-point range, good for 18% from the field. There could be a lot of bricks being thrown in this game.
For the Zags, one of two things need to happen. Either shoot out of the slump, or feed the ball down low as much as possible and let Jill Barta take over. There's also a need for the freshmen, who all struggled in their first college game to step up off the bench. It was good to see Emma Stach and Chandler Smith start out aggressive, but became gun shy when the shots weren't failing.
This will be another tough environment, with another high elevation game in Montana. The difference however, is that Colorado State has been a very good team from the Mountain West, while Montana has been a bottom-feeder team in the Big Sky who went 7-23. This should and hopefully be an easy game for the ladies.