This is the first for two preseason looks at the Montana State Bobcat women’s basketball team.
The Bobcat women lost 4 players off of last years team two expected (graduation) and two unexpected (quit Basketball). The losses are across the board but the biggest has to starting center Nubia Garcia. Garcia’s rebounding, scoring and defense earned a second team all conference award. It is not clear who will replace her at the center spot but I doubt who ever does will not be able to run the court like Garcia. Not far behind in the loss column is Jenny Heringer. Heringer was the fourth leading scorer for the Bobcats but came up big on quite a few occasions when the Cats needed her to. She was also the team’s second leading rebounder (behind Garcia). Rebounding is going to be a big concern of the Bobcat Women this pre season.
The Bobcats have only 5 returnees and a redshirt transfer returning off of last years team, but the player returning are good. They feature first team all conference point guard Erica Perry as well as freshman of the year Katie Bussey. Budding star power forward Sarah Strand. These three players all have the capability to being all conference type players. Seidensticker, Thornton and Jackson (redshirt transfer) will all put in major minutes.
Guards / Wings
Erica Perry 5-4 PG – In my opinion the most important position in Big Sky basketball is the point guard, so returning a first team all conference point guard is always a great starting point. Perry averaged averaging 13.7 points, 3.7 assists and 2.4 steals per game, but more importantly she makes this team go, and is a terror on defense for other Big Sky point guards. She will again be a big time player for the Bobcat’s this year.
Kate Bussey 5-9 SG/SF – Bussey had one of the best Bobcat freshman campaigns in recent memory. As the season went on she got better and more consistent. She can score from deep 3 point range, or take her defender to the basket. Bussey also played some at the point guard spot. If she can avoid the dreaded Sophomore jinx, she is primed to follow up last year with another outstanding year, and make up for some of the scoring losses from last years team.
Lyndi Seidensticker 6-0 SG/SF – Seidensticker did start a few games for the Bobcats last season but mainly filled the role of sixman off the bench. She is a very good three point shooter and hustles on both ends of the floor. Seidensticker should be a prime candidate for a staring role this year at the small forward, she will also play at the shooting guard spot.
Janette Jackson 5-8 SG/SF – Jackson sat out last year as a transfer from Missouri State, but will be counted on to make an immediate impact on the team. A very athletic and aggressive player the redshirt was most likely a blessing for her to allow her time to develop her fundamentals. She will battle Seidensticker for the starting small forward spot, as well as play at the shooting guard spot. Jackson and Seidensticker give the Cats two individual looks at the small forward so do not be surprised if they share the staring spot, depending on the team they will face.
Ally Schmitt 5-7 PG – Schmitt will be given every opportunity to play significant time at the point guard spot, as a true freshman. I really doubt, barring injury, she will be redshirted. Schmitt and Perry are the only true point guard on the team. She is not as explosive as Perry, but she is a solid floor general who can distribute the ball. She is a pass first point, but has had some big scoring games in high school when she was called upon.
Latisha Adams 5-9 SG/SF – The true freshman Adams comes to Montana State with a big reputation as a do everything player from New Mexico She averaged 17 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assist and 4 steals a game. She is very explosive and quick, but as with most freshmen she will need to make the adjustment to the D-1 game, but could make an immediate impact on the Cat roster.
Kelsey Roben 5-11 SG/SF – Roben is the player I know the least about on the team. She played on a Colorado power house high school team that sent multiple women to the D- ranks. Unfortunately Roben blew out her knee in the first game of last season, and had to sit out year. She has a reputation as an outstanding deep shooter, and a great team player. I am not sure what condition her knee is in but I suspect she is prime candidate for a redshirt.