Now that all of the players are on campus, I am going to get started previewing the four Montana State and Montana basketball programs players. This is a look at the Montana State Bobcat women’s program players. Part 1 will cover the Back Court,- point guard (1), shooting guard (2) and the small forward (3) positions.
Back Court (guards and wings)
Again with Binford’s dribble drive offence, her shooting guards and small forward spots are interchangeable, but on the defensive she does, though, like to have a little more size at the three spot. I full expect to see Binford at times this season to go with two point guards in the line up at time.
Katie Bussey 5-8 (SG, SF)
Coming off an Honorable Mention All Big Sky conference season last year, I expect even more this year. When Bussey is on her game few players in the Big Sky can fill up the basket like her. She needs to show more consistency this year in her offence this year. If she can do this she will be one of the elite players in the league.
Lyndi Seidensticker 6-0 (SG, SF)
It seems that Seidensticker has been playing for the Bobcats for about 6 years now. She started 11 games this past season, and I expect her to start at the small forward spot for the Bobcats this season. She has good size for the 3 spot and is an outstanding shooter from three point range. Her perimeter shooting will be a key weapon when teams start to double team Sarah (Strand) Balian.
Ally Schmitt 5-7 (PG, SG)
As All League player Erica Perry’s understudy last year, you have to pencil in Schmitt as the leader out of the gate to twin the starting spot at the point. She also started 10 games last year at the shooting guard spot so I expected her to be a very versatile player for the Bobcats. She is going to have to pick up scoring average this season though if she is to play a major role for the Bobcats.
Latisha Adams 5-9 (SG, SF)
Adams had an up and down freshman year as she adjusted to the college game. I believe she is going to come back this season much improved and ready to compete for a spot in the rotation. In high school she was a prolific score and a good rebounder.
Kate Webb (PG, SG)
Webb has been hampered by some nagging injuries that have held her back some this summer and fall. When she gets healthy, she could make a serious challenge for the starting point guard spot. She has great ball skills and leadership qualities that could make her an outstanding point guard in the Big Sky, but she also shoots the ball well enough that she can also play the shooting guard spot.
Ausha Cole 5-5 (PG, SG)
Cole is another point guard to add into the mix. Binford has called her a combo guard meaning she could also swing to the shooting guard spot. At 5-5, though, she will be giving up a lot of height to some of the bigger guards in the league. What Cole brings to the table is athleticism, speed and some of the quickest sets of defensive hands that the Bobcats have ever seen. Cole is killer defensive player and has always defended the other team’s best player regardless of position. I think she is going to be a fan favorite.
Emily Allen 6-0 (SF)
I hear the Bobcats have Allen penciled in as a small forward (or a three if you will). Allen is a strong rebounder from the wing position, and a good scorer around the basket and has a nice mid range game. She is not the consistent three point threat that Binford likes at the wing but can hit from there. With the lack of depth at the Bobcats have at the 4 and 5 spots, I could see here playing some at the 4 in a pinch.
Kelsey Roben 5-10 (SG, SF)
Roben injured her knee in the first game of her high school senior season and has not played since. She sat out last season as a medical redshirt, and was expected to play this season, but I understand she is still struggling with her knee. If she is healthy and ready to play I believe one of her main strengths is her three point shooting. Past that though she is a little bit of a mystery to me.