*** ARTICLE COURTESY OF MSU ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT
Montana State seniors Rachel Semansky and Latisha Adams were named co-Most Valuable Players for their efforts during the 2012-13 season, announced Bobcat women’s basketball head coach Tricia Binford at the team’s annual banquet.
Semansky (Highwood) led the Bobcats in scoring and rebounding, averaging 12.7 points and 7.1 boards per game. In addition, the three-time All-Big Sky Conference performer led the league in field-goal percentage for the third consecutive season. She finished her career second on MSU’s all-time rebounding list (887) and eighth in scoring (1,351). Semansky was also a two-time Capital One Academic All-American and a four-time All-Big Sky academic honoree.
Adams, a 5-9 guard from Albuquerque, averaged 8.0 points per contest and was second on the team in assists and third in steals and three-point makes. Entering the season, she had a career average of 2.6 points per game. Adams played in all 30 games, including 24 starts.
Adams and Emily Allen won ‘The Eddy’ award for top defensive players of the year. Allen, a junior from Gold Coast, Australia, recorded 34 steals and added 3.6 rebounds per game.
Freshman Jasmine Hommes, a 6-1 forward from Lynden, Wash., was named Most Improved Player, and captured the Bobcat Strength Award, as well. Hommes, the niece of former MSU all-conference performers Brooke Svendsen and Blythe Hintz, played in 26 games, and was second on the squad shooting 83 percent from the free throw line.
Sophomore Jackie Elliott (Billings) was also a two-award recipient, garnering the Bobcat Community Service award and the Ginny Hunt Bobcat Pride honor. Elliott played in all 30 games, including eight starts. She finished the season averaging 4.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Elliott was honored in November at the annual Cat/Griz football game with the 2012 Montana Athlete Service award, presented by the Montana Campus Contact, which recognizes exemplary service to the community.
Long-time Montana State boosters Jim and Anne Banks were named the Ellen Kreighbaum award given for service and dedication, above and beyond. Volunteer assistant Dani Phillips was named the Rob Meyers Sixth Man honoree for her service to the program throughout the season.