March 2, 2011 in Sports

Lewis and Clark High product Seidensticker give Montana State big boost

By The Spokesman-Review
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Lyndi Seidensticker
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Portland State senior Lexi Bishop (Shadle Park) received her first Big Sky Player of the Week Award after helping the Vikings sweep the Montana trip for the first time in school history. She had 15 points with a career-high four 3-pointers at Montana and then had five 3-pointers and 17 points at Montana State. … Eastern Washington’s Kyla Evans is sixth in Big Sky history with her school-record 202 3-pointers. Eagles point guard Chene Cooper leads the Big Sky in free-throw shooting at 85.3 and is second in assists at 5.4. … … The Eagles have Seniors Day for Evans, last year’s league MVP Julie Piper and super sub Tatjana Sparavalo game Saturday against Montana. That could also be a preview of next week’s first-round league tournament game, but it could be in Bozeman, Portland or Greeley, Colo. … Bishop and classmate Kelli Valentine (Mead) have played in 122 career games, the most in PSU history and after this weekend’s games will be tied for the most by a BSC player.

Idaho senior Yinka Olorunnife is 14 rebounds short of the WAC record after breaking Alli Nieman’s school record of 1,005. In the Vandals’ 77-51 loss at Fresno State last week she had her league-best double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds but the team had 27 turnovers, the 11th time the team has had at least 20. … Fresno’s Jaleesa Ross became the WAC’s all-time leader in career 3-pointers made with 374, 18 away from tying the NCAA record of 392 held by Laurie Koehn of Kansas State. … Stanford set a record with its 60th straight win at home, the second-longest streak in the NCAA. … Senior Kayla Pedersen of Stanford has 1,202 rebounds. Second in Pac-10 history, by Lisa Leslie, is 1,214 and recent Stanford grad Jayne Appel has the record at 1,263. … Three area players made the Cascade Collegiate Conference all-league team: seniors Jennesa Miller (Freeman) of Corban and Kia Gibson (Lakeside) of Northwest and junior Kyle Miller (Cheney) of Eastern Oregon. … Senior Dara Zack (University) made the Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-conference first team. The senior from Saint Martin’s was a second-team pick last season … Junior Kirsi Voshell (Pullman) helped Lewis-Clark State beat Montana State-Northern with 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 57-47 win that secured the second seed for the Frontier League tournament that started Tuesday. The 6-3 post led the league in blocks (1.9) and shooting (55.6 percent) and was third in rebounding (8.7). She also ended up ninth in scoring at 12.4 with Carroll College redshirt junior Alyssa Green (Mead) third at 16.7. Green was second in assists (4.2).

Although time is quickly running out for Lyndi Seidensticker, the Montana State senior out of Lewis and Clark High thinks the best is yet to come.

“In any sport there are ups and downs,” Seidensticker said. “You battle through the downs, try to have as many ups as possible. There have been a lot more ups later in my career. That’s how it works, that’s how it worked in high school. You have to prove yourself to your coach and get to know your teammates.

“I’m completely happy with my career, all four years. It’s not over yet. I’m not satisfied yet.”

The Bobcats close the regular season this weekend, including a game at Eastern Washington on Thursday. That’s where they were last year for the Big Sky tournament, upending the conference-champion Eagles to make the championship game before losing to Portland State for the berth in the NCAA tournament.

Seidensticker, in what could have been one her proudest moment, was sidelined with a broken thumb.

“It’s never fun when you get hurt, especially at times like that,” she said. “That’s what you work for all year and you don’t get to play. I’m proud of my team. They almost got it. If anything, it gives me more motivation to get there, win that and get to the NCAA tournament.”

Seidensticker had 15 starts prior to this season.

A sign of things to come was a 26-point outburst against Rice in the season opener that earned her the Big Sky player of the week honor. The Bobcats opened the season 2-8, but Seidensticker earned another weekly honor by scoring 36 points and grabbing 19 rebounds in a pair of wins that started a 10-game winning streak that carried into conference season. Since then MSU has been in the hunt for a Big Sky title.

“I’ve been on that for three years,” she laughed about the weekly award, before shifting gears. “Beating the Griz at their place last year was pretty exciting. That’s a team highlight; those always stand out more than personal highlights.”

The first win at Dahlberg Arena in more than three decades was sweet, so beating the Lady Griz again this year, when Seidensticker led all scorers with 22 points to go with a career-high seven assists, was off the chart.

Seidensticker’s future is as a math teacher and coach and she would eventually like to return to Spokane, though she has grown fond of Bozeman.

“Bozeman is a beautiful town, even in the winter, if you have a warm coat,” she said. “There are a lot of things to do. My favorite thing is the support we get from our fans. They’re very committed.

Seidensticker is the last member of the Greater Spokane League Class of 2007, which produced seven Division I players, to large are of one of the 10 members of the area Class of 2007 that earned Division I basketball scholarships.

“I played on the same team as Jenna Galloway (Ferris, Northern Arizona) back in AAU basketball,” she said. “It was healthy competition, too. It’s fun to keep that going. I was so blessed to be in such a strong senior class. I’m glad everybody’s successful.”

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