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15
Sep
10

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.

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15
Sep
10

Montana State Women’s 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 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.

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31
Aug
10

Ryan McIntyre is a Bobcat

Sorry best picture I could find

This week Ryan McIntyre of East Valley high school in Spokane Washington has officially joined the Montana State Basketball program. McIntyre is a 6-2 combo guard who has decided to join Tor Anderson and Steven Davis as the Bobcats walk-on this year.

McIntyre averaged 13 point a game for East Valley. He has very good range and averaged 2.3 three point shots made and had a high of 5 three pointer in two games. He played his junior year for University high school in Spokane and averaged 8 points.

He has good ball skills and could play some at the point but I see him more as a shooting guard early in his career and a point later on.

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28
Apr
10

Recruiting: Bobcat progress report

We are about 4 weeks into the late recruiting period with about 2 week remaining I thought I would do update where the fourMontana based D-1 programs currently stand and what is left to finish out their recruiting.

Montana State Bobcat Men

The Bobcat men just finished up their 2010 recruiting with the signing 5-10 Rod Singleton out of Antelope Valley junior College. This gives the Bobcat men 8 new players for next season, five returning lettermen (including walk-on Brian Louff) and three redshirt freshmen ( 1 scholarship and 2 walk-ons) who could be on the roster next year. I am not sure though all the walk-ons will be back.

It is always tough being a walk-on for a D-1 club, you have to do all the same work and pay your way through school. Things tend to happen late and even over the summer as far as walk-ons deciding whether to they will return for another year, but this is what I am hearing. Steven Davis is looking like a real strong likely hood that he will return for his next year. Brain Louff I am hearing as of right now will most likely return, but I have to imagine he would be a very nice prize for a D-2 or NAIA club so I am keeping my eye on him. After injuring his knee last fall I suspecting Colt Idol might be inclined to return for another year at MSU to see how he could compete against the scholarship guy’s now that he is 100% healthy, but I am hearing some rumblings that Idol is getting a lot of interest and scholarship opportunities from some Frontier schools with Carroll College being the school I hear most often. I am not sure if he will return.

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13
Apr
10

Signing Day Preview: Bobcat Women

This Wednesday will be the start of the spring signing day which will go until mid May and I wanted to update on various rumors and as well as my opinion (guess) on what the four programs are doing and who they could sign during the late period.

The current trend that all four programs have been following the past 3-4 years is to primarily sign high school kids in the early period and JC transfers in the late period, and this year they look to no different.

Bobcat Women:

Signed in the Fall:

Ausha Cole 5-7 Guard – Gilbert AZ
Kate Webb 5-8 Guard – Runaway Bay, Queensland, AU
Emily Allen 6-0 Combo Forward – Runaway Bay, Queensland, AU

Commits

None

Scholarship status:

The Bobcat Women have one scholarship still to be filled. I believe they are looking for a junior college 4 or 5, but I would not rule out a high school player. Given the fact, that Binford has never filled all of her scholarships in any given year since she has been the Bobcat head coach, it would also not surprise me if she could not find the right player that she kept the scholarship open and saved it until next year.

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05
Apr
10

Montana-Wyoming All-Star: Montana Girl’s


The Midland Roundtable has announced their Montana rosters for the annual Montana versus Wyoming All Star games that will be played on June 11 in Sheridan, Wyoming and June 12 at Rocky Mountain College in Billings.

This year version of the Montana Girls all-star roster does not feature a major star like Jos Tinkle, but I think it will be a long time before we see a basketball player, for either boy’s or women’s team for quite a while. Jordan Sullivan of Sidney, has been playing in Tinkle’s shadow the past few years, and is clearly the star of this team. Sullivan has the capability of playing guard, forward or center for this team but will most likely play inside for Montana. Sullivan who signed with U of Montana is a complete player, who is a walking double double but can also handle the ball and pass out of the double (triple) team.

The Montana team also feature three other players who signed with the University of Montana in guard Lexi Nelson of Butte, guard Kellie Cole of Bozeman and center Carly Selvig of Glendive. Nelson is a spark plug guard who can sore points in bunches, Cole is a very balanced player who gets it done on both offense and defense side of the ball. Carly Selvig is known more as a defensive stopper prior to her senior year but has shown a new found offensive game this year. Unfortunately Anaconda’s scoring machine Torry Hill blew out he knee this past February and will not be available this June.

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27
Mar
10

Update on future Bobcat: Kate Webb

This is the last of what I am calling the signed non-Montana recruits. Next up will be the out of state commits

Kate Webb 5-8 Runaway Bay, Queensland Australia

Kate Webb is the toughest and at the same time also the easiest of the these updates toughest because I have had a very hard time finding any info about what she has been up to since she signed with the Bobcats. The easiest because since I have not been able to find out a lot I do not have a lot to write.

I have to imagine that as the 2010 recruiting season started to gear up two of the Bobcat coaching staff goals were to establish Australia as a viable recruiting ground for MSU and to land a dynamic point guard that is so important in Big Sky play. As the Bobcats first commit last summer they accomplished to achieve both of those goals when Webb said she was going to be a Bobcat.

To the later goal, the Big Sky conference is a point guard league were the successful team need to have a dynamic point guard running the team, and with All-Conference point guard Erica Perry graduating this spring the point guard spot needed restocking. Webb fits the bill to a tee. Despite her young age Webb is a veteran point guard having played on local, regional, and national teams through Australia as well international. She is a very intelligent player, with great court vision and good defender. She does not have the speed of Perry but she has better 3 point shooter at the same point in Perry’s career. She is good enough shooter that Binford mentioned at her signing that she may see some times at the off-guard.

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