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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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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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26
Mar
10

Update on future Bobcat: Emily Allen

Update on my updates. In general, the order in which I am doing the updates is as follows. First on the out of state signees, then the out of state commits and finally the state of Montana signees. I updating the out of state folks first because I think these are the guys and gals that reader may have the least chance to follow this past winter, and who you would most be curious about. Other than that that I am updating recruits in somewhat random order, based on who I feel like doing at any given time. The other thing that comes into play is that a few people have been helping me round up stats or other information to do these update. I actually had Michael Weisner’s update done before a few others but was waiting to publish it on some info from someone from Walla Walla.

Emily Allen 6-0 Runaway Bay, Queensland Australia

As I have said before the high school age recruit from Australia. The whole Australian basketball system is set up differently than the over here in the states, so it is hard to follow. You also have to remember, that because the Aussie school year ended last November, both Kate Webb and Emily Allen have already graduated and are on an extended summer break, before enrolling at Montana State.

I believe the Montana State coaches first started recruiting Australia in the spring/summer of 2008. As in most cases it usually takes a year to establish yourself in a new recruiting ground, so while their they did not land any Australian recruits in 2009 it appears their effort have paid off very well with the 2010 class. I also think that as long as the program can afford it (hint hint boosters) they will continue to have a presence in Australia.

Emily Allen is a 6-0 wing who is capable of playing three positions for the Bobcats. Those spots are shooting guard, small forward and in a pinch the power forward spot. While not a perfect comparison I see her as a mixture of current Bobcats Lyndi Seidensticker and Sarah Strand. While a good three point shooter she is not quite the pure shooter these two Bobcats are, but I think she is better at getting to the rim and a rebounder than these two. The area of improvement that Allen may have is to put on a little more muscle, with her style of play it will become important that she is physically ready to compete with other D-1 teams.

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22
Feb
10

The three toughest Prospects

Well I have been following as best I can the future Bobcat and Grizzly basketball players as best I can this winter but there are three prospects out there who I have been having a heck of a time getting any info on the past 2-3 months. Two of them are pretty obvious for their locations. Emily Allen and Kate Webb the dynamic Aussie dual from Runaway Bay in Queensland Australia. The other is Casey Trujeque from Price high school in Los Angelis California. Here though is a little bit of what I do know.

The thing you have to remember about Allen and Webb and Australia. Given that it is actually summer down under and their school year ended sometime in November. Webb and Allen have already graduated from high school and are doing what ever high school graduate do while waiting for college to start … 8-10 months later.

I found a web page that indicates Allen, a 6-0 forward/guard is currently playing for the Queensland state U20 (under – 20 years old team). After two games Webb is averaging 6 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals a game in fewer than 20 minutes a game. This is not bad considering this is an all star team made up mostly of players 2-3 years older than Allen.

Sorry folks I have not been able to find any info on what Kate Webb is up to, although I do not believe she is playing for the Queensland U20 team, but I could be wrong.

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20
Dec
09

Prospect Update: Bobcat Women

Ausha Cole

This is the third of four updates on signee’s /commits from the four Montana State and University of Montana basketball programs. Part 1 featured an update on the Montana State men’s program, while the second focused on the University of Montana Men’s program this update will focus on the Montana State women’s program. Part 4 will feature the Lady Griz prospects.

Only one of Binford’s fall recruits have any stats to follow or report on, and that is Ausha Cole of Gilbert Arizona. The other two recruits Emily Allen and Kate Webb of Queensland Australia finished up their high school career this fall and are both waiting to enroll at MSU this summer. The Australian prep basketball is totally set up differently than over here in the states anyway so it is hard to compare. If I do hear of any tournaments they do play in I will try to post.

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