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Lady Griz Basketball Preview (part 1)


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 Lady Griz 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)

The Lady Griz made do last year with-out a true point guard. Johnson and Beck did a great job for them, but I do not think the Lady Griz coaches were really that comfortable with playing with out that true point. This year there are still some questions at the point, but they do have three guards who they hope can fill the role of a true point guard. The problem is that all three of them have almost no D-1 experience and two are coming off a knee injury.

Stephanie Stender 5-11 (SG, SF)
A returning starter, Stender is coming off a very good 2009-10 season, and will be looked at to provide leadership and scoring with the loss of Beck. She is a very good rebounder and defender from the guard spot. She may be pushed by some of the younger players but she should be a leader in the back court.

Kenzie De Boer 5-11 (SG,SF)
A part time scorer early in the season she still was the third leading scorer for the Lady Griz mostly coming off the bench. She can really score the ball aggressively, but like many freshmen was inconsistent last year. This should be a break out year for De Boer and I look for her to be a dynamic player for the Griz. She should nail down the starting small forward spot, but she will be pushed by returning and new players.

Tianna Ware 5-10 (SG, PG)
Ware saw limited action last year, but would expect her to play a bigger role this year. She is a good defender and can score the ball but has not had much of an opportunity so far. She is primarily a shooting guard but can play the point if pushed. This could become important if Hill and/or Ferda are still hampered by their knee injuries.

Torry Hill 5-7 (PG, SG)
Hill is a true combo guard who can play either the point or shooting guard spot. She is though coming off a knee injury that cut short her senior high school season, and I hear she should be cleared to play by October or November. Still though I hear the coaches (and Torry for that matter) do not want to rush anything so they will proceed with caution. Hill is one of the most dynamic scorers the Griz have recruited since Mandy Morales and I think the coaches are looking at her as more of a shooting guard, but until they have more of a need at the point this year so these things will have to worked out once she can make it onto the court.

Lexie Nelson 5-6 (PG, SG)
Lexi is being looked at to play significant minutes at the point guard spot. She is a true point guard, but can score points in a bunch. She is also the only true point guard on the team who has no injury issues. I have heard she has been playing well this fall, and she could win the starting point guard spot out right or by default.

Ashley Ferda 5-6 (PG)
Ferda was/is the dynamic point guard that the Lady Griz has been looking to get on the floor since Morales left. Unfortunately she has been hampered by a severe knee injury over two years ago that has kept her off the floor since. I have not been able to find out much information on her this year and I have not seen her on the floor so I am hoping that this is not a bad sign. She is a true point guard who is a natural leader. She is a dynamic scorer and passer.

Misty Atkinson 5-10 (SF, SG)
She is coming off a preseason knee injury that kept her out off the court in 2009-10. She did manage to get on the court the final three games of the season. She is looking to establish her self this season and will need to fend off a number of younger players who will be looking for minutes.

Kellie Cole 5-9 (SG)
Cole is the type of player that Selvig loves. She is a good score can rebound and already one of the better defenders on the team. She is also one of the players that keep getting better and better in practice. As a true freshman on a team loaded at the guard spot my inclination is to pencil her in as a redshirt this year, but I think there is a chance she could play her self onto the active roster.

Misty Atkinson 5-10 (SF, SG)
She is coming off a preseason knee injury that kept her out off the court in 2009-10. She did manage to get on the court the final three games of the season. She is looking to establish her self this season and will need to fend off a number of younger players who will be looking for minutes.

Kellie Cole 5-9 (SG)
Cole is the type of player that Selvig loves. She is a good score can rebound and already one of the better defenders on the team. She is also one of the players that keep getting better and better in practice. As a true freshman on a team loaded at the guard spot my inclination is to pencil her in as a redshirt this year, but I think there is a chance she could play her self onto the active roster.

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