Tricia Binford

Coach Tricia Binford and Montana State will make the program's first NCAA women's basketball tournament appearance in 24 years.

A. SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ, For The Gazette

BOZEMAN – The Montana State women's basketball program announced Tuesday that two transfers from Seton Hall have signed financial aid agreements and will join the roster for the 2017-18 season.

Claire Lundberg, a 6-foot-1 forward from Andover, Minnesota, and Martha Kuderer, a 5-11 forward from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, will sit out the 2017-18 campaign under NCAA rules. Lundberg will have one year of eligibility remaining and Kuderer has two seasons left.

“We are thrilled to announce the additions of Claire and Martha to our Bobcat family,” Binford said. “They are a natural fit for our program and the direction we are heading. Next year, they’ll help make practices competitive and will bring championship experience to the gym. In addition, they’ll get a year to pick up the system and will be able to come in and make an impact right away.”

Lundberg, who played three seasons at Seton Hall, played in 26 games for the Pirates last winter, including 22 starts. She averaged 7.2 points and three rebounds per game. She connected on 51 three-pointers and shot 85 percent from the free-throw line while averaging 25.7 minutes per contest.

Due to illness, Kuderer was limited to 16 games this past season, where she shot 52 percent from the field and 71 percent from the line. She had 10-point games against Butler and Georgetown.

As a freshman, Kuderer played in 20 games and scored 10 points for the Pirates in its first-round NCAA Tournament game against Duquesne.

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