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Montana State Women’s Basketball Preview (part 2)


This is the second part of my two part series looking at the Montana State women’s basketball program players. In this post I am looking at the front court players that included the power forward (4) and the center (5). .

Front Court (power forward and center)

The Bobcats are going to very thin on the front court this year so they are going to need their returnees to play a lot of very productive minutes, and hope they do not suffer any long term injuries

Sarah Balian (formerly Strand) 6-0 (PF)
Balian who got married over the summer is primed for a great year this year. Coming off of a season where she was named second team all conference and defensive co-player of the year she should be one of the elite players for the Bobcats this year. She averaged 14 points and 7 rebounds per game last season and the cats are hoping she can improve on those numbers this year. The key stat for her might be minutes played. She averaged 30 minutes a game last year and the Bobcats will need her to match that or slightly even improve on that this year.

Ashley Albert 6-1 (PF)
Albert had a solid freshman year showing a nice offensive touch, and a solid al around game. She showed flashes of being a very dynamic player for the Bobcats and this year I think they will be looking for her to take her game a notch this year. Her natural position in Binford’s system is power forward but expect her to play along side Balian for extended minutes.

Rachel Semansky 6-0 (PF, C)
No body on the Bobcat team improved more and took advantage of opportunities like Semansky. At the beginning of last season she was riding the bench and only getting garbage minuets late in games. When Jamie Thornton went down to an injury in November, and Binford was looking for toughness and rebounding she got her shot at a starting role and never gave it up. She continued improve all season and averaged 8 points 6 rebounds a game in conference. She gives up size to most post players she goes against, but makes up for it with toughness and tenaciousness.

Chelsea Banis 6-4 (C)
The only true center on the team is coming off a redshirt year and will play her first collegiate ball this winter. The Bobcats will need depth and size coming off the bench so she will have the opportunity to contribute in her freshman year but will need to make the most of her opportunities.

While it is too soon to put anything in stone this is how I see the players right now. Things will change once practice gets underway.

Projected Starters

Point Guard Ally Schmitt
Shooting Guard Katie Bussey
Small Forward Lyndi Seidensticker
Power Forward Sarah Balian
Center Rachel Semansky

Projected Bench
Ashley Albert
Kate Webb
Emily Allen

Players Looking to Establish Themselves
Chelsea Banis
Ausha Cole
Latisha Adams

Projected Redshirt
I am not sure the Bobcats will have the depth to redshirt any one this year but if they do it will certainly be a guard.

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