MSU basketball season comes to a close

With both Bobcat basketball teams’ seasons ending in the Big Sky Tournament this past week in Missoula, the college careers of women’s players Latisha Adams and forward Rachel Semansky, as well as men’s guards Christian Moon and Xavier Blount, came to an end.

The end of the season brought a close to Semansky’s Hall of Fame career at MSU. She finishes with a career 1,351 points and 887 rebounds, which is the second-best in school history. She also averaged 12.7 points and 7.1 boards per game this season, which led the team.

Adams, a guard, leaves MSU with an impressive career as well. This season, she averaged eight points per game, and her 1.9 assists per game tied her with two others for most on the team.

Looking to next season, the women have many key players returning. Three-point specialist Kalli Durham will return for her junior year and forward Ashley Brumwell will return as a senior, along with the freshmen from this season who made the most of their playing time this year.

On the men’s side, Moon departs with not only a team-leading 13.9 points per game, but also as the best three-point shooter on the team. Blount was inactive for the last few games of the season due to a foot injury, but still averaged 10.5 points per game this season.

Next season, junior forward Flavien Davis will be back, whose 11.2 points per game was second-best on the team. Returning junior guard Antonio Biglow was the steals leader for the season. He averaged three assists and 11 points per game.

Freshman standout guard Marcus Colbert shot 78 percent from the free throw line, averaged two assists per game for the Bobcats, and will aim to improve on that next season.

The men finished their season with a 13-17 overall, 10-10 Big Sky Conference record, and the women had a 17-13, 11-9 BSC record. Both teams made the postseason, but lost in the first round to Northern Colorado and Eastern Washington, respectively.