Lady Griz Basketball Preview (part 2)

This is the second part of my two part series looking at the Lady Griz 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 Lady Griz has one of the talented and deepest group of posts that I can remember in quite some time. Between the established old guard of the programs and the new guard coming in it should make for some interesting battles for playing time.

Sarah Ena 5-11 (PF)
Ena is the only “Big” that has her starting power forward spot nailed down. Ena is a strong rebounder and scorer, but she will need to improve her play this year. Last season she became the focus of opposing team’s defense, and she seemed to struggle at times. Still though by the end of the season she seemed to really figure things out. I look for her to have a very productive senior season.

Katie Baker 6-0 (PF, C)
Baker who is more of a natural power forward but if healthy she should nail down the starting center spot this year. Baker injured her knee mid season last year after starting as a true freshman. She was the team’s second leading scorer and leading rebounder before her injury. Baker was scheduled to get back on the court in October but again the coaches are taking things very cautiously.

Jessa Loman Linford 6-1 (PF, C)
Loman-Linford has been a solid reserve for the Lady Griz for the past two years. She was a part time starter last season and gives the Lady Griz a solid scorer, rebounder and defender off the bench. Still though she is constantly being pushed by the younger players. She not as dynamic as some but she should one of the first starters off the bench.

Alexandra Hurley 6-0 (PF)
Hurley had a tough season last year, but made the most of it. She switched from a shooting guard to the power forward spot – move that not many could make, and struggled early on. by seasons end, though she was playing quite well and looked much more comfortable on the court. She has a nice combination of skills that could really could really stretch defense.

Alyssa Smith 6-0 (PF)
Another of the young players looking to make a splash this year. She had a solid freshman campaign coming off the bench. She is one of the most balanced players in the front court and can shoot out to three point range. She is a scrapper and will do what ever it takes to win.

Jordan Sullivan 6-2 (SF, PF)
Sullivan is primed for a very good true freshman year. I hear predictions that she will push for a starting spot this year. I am not ready to plug her into the starting line up yet but, it will be interesting to see what happens by the end of the season. Sullivan is a sweet shooting power forward/ small forward. She need to improve her ball skills and three point shooting, a little, to reach her full potential at her natural potential at small forward.

Carly Selvig 6-2 (PF, C)
Selvig may find herself in a redshirt situation due to the depth at the power forward and center positions. Selvig is a good defender and runs the court very well. She needs to work on her aggressiveness and conditioning so a redshirt may not be a bad thing.

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

With all the 4 players coming off of knee injuries there is still a lot of unknowns, but this is my look at it assuming everyone is at 100%. Baker’s recovery is the biggest unknown right now. If she is not ready to go there could be ramifications throughout the start up.

Point Guard Lexie Nelson/ Torry Hill / Ashley Ferda
Shooting Guard Stephanie Stender
Small Forward Kenzie De Boer
Power Forward Sarah Ena
Center Katie Baker

Projected Bench
Tianna Ware
Jordan Sullivan
Alyssa Smith
Jessa Loman Linford

Players Looking to Establish Themselves
Misty Atkinson
Alexandra Hurley

Projected redshirt
Kellie Cole
Carly Selvig


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