just its second season in the Big Sky Conference, the University of North
Dakota has claimed the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Tournament
by virtue of its 72-55 win over Montana at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in
the Big Sky Championship game Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Mia Loyd was named
the tourney's Most Valuable Player after a 14-point, seven-rebound effort
Senior Madi Buck was also named to the all-tournament team. Montana's Kellie Cole and Torry Hill joined her along with Southern Utah's Hailey Mandelko and Idaho State's Lindsey Reed.
UND (22-9) will find out its opponent in the NCAA Tournament when the Selection Show announces the 64-team field Monday night at 6:00 p.m. Central on ESPN.