While their number of wins matches the total from last season at this point, there is reason for some optimism for the Peru State women's basketball team.
 
During the 2015-16 campaign, the Bobcats were 4-9 at this juncture of the season and this year the team is presently 4-7. However, if you compare the wins and losses between the years, this year's record would appear to indicate things are moving up. This year's team appears to have more depth and if they can stay out of foul trouble and healthy, they should be able to easily top last year's win total of six.

The four wins the past two seasons is the most prior to the end of a calendar years season 2012-13 when the 'Cats were 5-7 at this point.
 
Presently, Peru State is also 2-6 in the tough Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart). Last year, prior to the additional of the two new teams, the Bobcats were 1-4 in the Heart.
 
At this point in the season, the 'Cats are listed in 11 NAIA Division I Top 50 categories which follows:
18th in total three-point field goals made (78), 25th in three-point field goal percentage (0.329), 26th in three-point field goals made per game (7.091), 33rd in total assists (148), 33rd in total steals (104), 40th in total scoring offense (710), 43rd in total offensive rebounds (402), 45th in steals per game (9.455), 45th in three-point field goal percentage defense (0.298), 47th in turnover margin (1.182), and 47th in assists per game (13.455).
 
Two Bobcats are noted in NAIA Division I Top 50 rankings. Deandra Williams (Rosenberg, Texas) is 38th in total rebounds with 84 and 46th in defensive rebounds averaging 5.455 per game. Abigail Niebrugge (Omaha) is 39th with 22 made three-point field goals and is 49th in three-point field goal percentage at 37.9%.
 
In the Heart, the following individuals are listed among the top 20 individual leaders:
 
Niebrugge is fifth in three-point field goal percentage at 37.9%, tied for fifth in total three-point field goals made with 22, tied for sixth in three-point field goals made per game at 2.00, tied for 11th with 20 total steals, tied for 14th with 1.82 steals per game, 17th in scoring at 11.92 points per game, and 17th in total scoring with 131 points.
 
Jackie Robles (Parlier, Calif.) is tied for 13th in total three-point field goals made with 16, and tied for 14th in three-point field goals made per game at 1.46.
 
Brooke Maeda (Honolulu) is eighth with 34 total assists, ninth with 3.09 assists per game, tied for 15th with 18 total steals, 16th in assists/turnover ratio at 1.36, tied for 19th in steals per game at 1.64, and 20th in total three-point field goals made with 12.
 
Williams is third with four double-doubles, fourth with 5.46 defensive rebounds per game, fifth with 7.64 rebounds per game, fifth with 84 total rebounds, and 13th with 2.18 offensive rebounds per game.
 
Ashley Flores (Wittier, Calif.) is 17th with 4.30 defensive rebounds per game.

Jackie Beaugard (Omaha) is tied for 17th in assists/turnover ratio at 1.33 and 19th with 0.44 blocks per game.
 
Deja Cato (Pontiac, Mich.) is 20th in assists/turnover ratio at 1.31.
 
As a team in Heart team statistics, the Bobcats are third with 78 three-point field goals made, fourth in three-point field goal percentage offense at 32.9%, fifth in turnover margin at 1.18, fifth with 7.09 three-point field goals made per game, sixth at three-point field goal percentage defense at 29.8%, sixth in steals per game at 9.46, sixth in total steals with 104, seventh in scoring defense per game at 68.09 per game, seventh in assists per game at 13.46, seventh in total assists with 148, and seventh in assists/turnover ratio at 0.72.
 
Peru State will be back in action on Monday, January 2, when they travel for an exhibition contest against the Washburn Ichabods in Topeka, Kan., at 5:30 p.m.
 
On Wednesday, Jan. 4, the Bobcats will resume regular-season action when they travel to Lamoni, Iowa, where they will take on the Graceland University Yellowjackets.
 
The 'Cats will host their first home game of 2017 on Saturday, Jan. 7, when the Baker Wildcats visit the Al Wheeler Activity Center for a 2 p.m. contest.