It's several weeks before game number one, and every member of the Lady Cats basketball team has swagger. They say this is the year that something special could be on the horizon.
"Our expectations are definitely to go all the way. From the end of last season til right now working thru Spring, Summer, Fall we want to go all the way we won't go for anything less," says junior forward Jackie Elliott.
"We know that we tanked in the middle of last season and I think we set the bar high for ourselves we want to do well we've been hungry this whole off season and we've been doing well every single day. We set our standards higher than anybody else," says junior guard Kalli Durham.
You can shoot the ball well some nights, or be completely off on others, but the one constant in basketball is intensity on the other side of the court, and that's what MSU is emphasizing.
"I really think that everything is going to come from our defense we're going to get our offensive advantages from our defense. We're going to make teams hate to play us. We're going to make teams not want to come here and not want to play us," says Elliott.
"Defense is always something that we've put a lot of emphasis on and I think with the addition of Ausha Cole to our team that brings a new physicality to our defense," says head coach Tricia Binford.
Montana state got a brand new court, and it's making the ladies happy.
"This court just looks so nice. It reminds me of better places. This gym shines. It smells new. It's perfect. It's sticky. You can hear our feet squeak, it's home," says Elliott.