Bad Bear, a junior forward from Billings, has started 21 of 24 games and has five points and three rebounds per outing. Limardo, a 6-2 forward from Silver City, New Mexico, started all 24 games as a true rookie and averaged 6.6 points and 4.5 rebounds while finishing second on the team with 33 3 points.
Binford also welcomes award winners Lexi Deden, Taylor Janssen, Madison Jackson, Leia Beattie, Ava Ranson, Ashley Van Sickle and Kenzie Stumne. Mocchi and Van Sickle will be the only MSU seniors in a young squad.
“After having such a young team last season, we are really focusing on our consistency,” Binford said. “We’re getting louder and louder, and I think we’re further along at this time than last year. The ghosts know what the expectations are and the newcomers benefit from the veterans who help them in the dynamics of the practice, which in turn allows them to compete and go strong.
The three newcomers added to the mix include Lindsey Hein, a 6-6 center from Forsyth, Mia Hughes, a 5-10 forward from Woodinville, Wash., And Casey Ardern, a 5-5 goalie from Wodonga, Australia.
MSU graduated Tori Martell and Sidney Zieske from last year’s squad, while Sydney Stensgard transferred to northern Colorado and Skye Lindsay-Rogers retired from the game.
Gardner appointed director of basketball operations at MSU