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Former Bobcat great Katie Bussey leads team to Dutch National Title

From: BobcatNation: http://bobcatnation.com/node/383

Katie Bussey, who finished her career with the Montana State women’s basketball team two winters ago as the program’s second all-time leading scorer, guided her ProBuild Lions professional team to the Netherlands national championship, defeating Challenge Sport Rotterdam Binnenland 4-2 in a best of seven series a week ago.

Bussey, who set the all-time Big Sky Conference mark for three-point makes while garnering All-America honorable mention accolades as a senior, paced the Lions to a 27-10 overall mark, while averaging 21 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

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In playoff action, the native of Alamosa, Colo., averaged 19.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals, en route to being named Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and Important Player of the Year.

“The style of play wasn’t all that much different (than at Montana State),” Bussey said. “The 24-second clock makes it a more up-tempo game, so we played shorter offenses and more isolation plays for quick scores. We played a fast, up-tempo game and scored a lot of points, so I was comfortable playing in a system like that.”

The 5-foot-9 guard was twice named Euro Player of the Week and was selected to the league’s all-star team, as well. She also helped ProBuild to the league’s Cup championship with a 6-1 record.

“My teammates were great,” Bussey said. “We had really good chemistry on and off the floor. I felt welcomed from the first day and once I became comfortable with my new situation, I was able to be myself on and off the floor.”

A three-time All-Big Sky performer and a four-time All-Big Sky academic honoree, Bussey acclimated herself almost immediately to the European lifestyle.

“Living overseas was a bit scary at first,” Bussey said. “I had no idea what to expect. I can say it’s a good thing I knew how to ride a bike and knew how to drive a standard car. I had to get used to having a lot of free time in my schedule, especially coming off a rigorous four-year schedule as a student-athlete.

“I was also by myself a lot,” Bussey said. “But, it forced me to figure some things out on my own and become more independent. I’m very lucky to have seen another part of the world and see a new perspective, while continuing to do what I love.”

Bussey’s future in the Netherlands is uncertain, but she is sure that she would like to continue playing professionally.

“At this point I know that I will continue to play basketball overseas,” Bussey said. “I am not certain where yet. I had an incredible experience in my first season and I can only hope for more for as long as I’m able to.”

Bussey will return to Colorado within the next week, and will begin summer workouts in anticipation for her next professional destination this fall.