WACO, Texas — Lyndi Seidensticker scored a game-high 23 points to lift the Montana State women’s basketball team to a 58-57 win over Florida International in the World Vision Invitational on Sunday.
Seidensticker, a 6-foot senior guard from Spokane, made 9 of 15 from the field, including a 5 of 8 3-pointers.
Her basket with 18 seconds remaining in the game sealed the win for the Bobcats.
Seidensticker finished the three-game tournament averaging 19.3 points and connecting on 12 3-pointers.
“Lyndi played like the senior she is,” said MSU coach Tricia Binford. “We expect that from both her and Sarah (Balian). She really stepped up and had an outstanding weekend.”
After MSU (1-2) built a 56-46 lead, FIU (1-2) scored nine unanswered points to pull within 56-55 with 42 seconds left.
Seidensticker then scored her final basket to push MSU’s margin to three. FIU’s Liene Jekabsone hit a basket at the buzzer to cut the final margin to one point.
MSU was without starting forward Rachel Semansky, who was out with the flu. The Bobcats lost Ashley Albert to a torn ACL earlier in the week.
“Losing Ashley and then not having Rachel really challenged us,” Binford said. “I’m proud of the way we came together and battled this weekend.”
Chelsea Banis, a freshman from Fairfield, added 15 points and six rebounds.
The Bobcats will travel to Southern Utah on Friday.