Below is our Big Sky Conference Individual Awards winners and nominees. Winner is listed at top and nominees are listed below. The nominees are players we feel could have been considered for each of the individual awards provided. We believe the conference did a great job in the selection of the winners.
Diving into point guard play in our opinion is all in the eye of the beholder. Some like or prefer scoring point guards, others prefer taller and others like their point guards to simply run the offense. No matter what type you like the point guard is the most important piece to the teams and is the extension of the head coach on the floor. An elite point guard will often times know exactly what the head coach wants to get accomplished with the game plan and executes that plan well. An elite point guard controls the pace and tempo of the game and is extremely efficient with the ball. With the evolution of the game, the point guard has become more prone to become a scorer than strictly putting the players in places and running a team's offense. We are going to try and evaluate, level and tier the BSC point guards.
We have wanted to really dive into particular sets and actions from teams and have been doing so the past few weeks. Here are some film breakdowns we have put together of teams across the BSC the past few weeks.
There are quite a few quality post players in the Big Sky Conference this year. We wanted to determine who are truly the best post players in the Big Sky Conference based on a variety of categories. We sifted through a lot of film, stats, and data to identify who we felt were the best of the best on the block in the Big Sky Conference.
A question was brought up to us on Bobcat Nation this week about 3FG% now that the distance has changed from 20’9 to the international distance of 22’1 &¾ . We went back to the last year of the 3 for women’s basketball being at 19’9 (2010-11) up to this year with about a third of the season being completed.
Brian Holsinger, one of five new head coaches in the Big Sky Conference is having immediate success. There are lots of reasons new coaches have success, but we feel being the beneficiary of a roster full of returning talent is the primary reason. This is no dig towards coach Holsinger, it is only pointing out to us the obvious. The Lady Griz return 2 All-League players in Abby Anderson and Carmen Gfeller, the stat-stuffing guard Sophia Stiles as well as the return of Sammy Fatkin who last played for the Lady Griz in 2019-20 season. Having four veteran players return deserved more respect in our opinion from the media and fellow coaches in the Big Sky.
Montana State Bobcats picked 2nd in the preseason Big Sky polls have opened up their season 1-4 playing four very solid teams such as Gonzaga, UNLV, South Dakota State, and North Dakota. While all 4 of these games were all on the road the loss to North Dakota was a surprise to us at Big Sky Breakdown. Their lone win is against a solid NAIA program from in-state Carroll College. Big Sky Breakdown wanted to take a deep dive into the Bobcats four road losses and try and identify some trends that are leading to these early struggles.