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.”