Tuesday, August 8, 2017

NDSU Women’s BB Unveils 2017-18 Schedule



FARGO, N.D. – Fifteen home games at the Scheels Center inside the Sanford Health Athletic Complex highlight the 2017-18 North Dakota State University women's basketball schedule unveiled on Tuesday, Aug. 8, by head coach Maren Walseth.

"Once again our staff did a great job putting together a balanced non-conference schedule. Five home games to start the season will hopefully give our young team confidence prior to hitting the road," Walseth said. "WNIT tournament participant Colorado will be a great test early in the year as well. Overall, the schedule will prepare us for conference play."

The Bison will open the season with five consecutive home games, beginning with an exhibition contest against Minnesota Morris on Nov. 2. NDSU hosts Mayville State Nov. 10 for the regular season home opener prior to taking on NJIT Nov. 12 and UMass Nov. 17. The Bison close out their season-opening homestand with a contest against Valley City State Nov. 19.

North Dakota State travels to Annapolis, Md., for a pair of games in the Navy Classic Nov. 25-26 at the United States Naval Academy before trekking to Boulder, Colo., for a showdown at 2017 WNIT tournament qualifier Colorado Nov. 29.

The Bison open the month of December with a road game at Milwaukee Dec. 1 prior to returning home for a contest with UT Rio Grande Valley Dec. 5 and traveling to Grand Forks for a game at North Dakota Dec. 9.

NDSU wraps up its non-league slate with a pair of games in the Florida International Holiday Tournament Dec. 20-21 in Miami and a home game against Dakota State Dec. 29.

Summit League play tips off with a home contest against South Dakota Jan. 2 before three straight road games at South Dakota State (Jan. 6), Oral Roberts (Jan. 11) and Denver (Jan. 13).

The Bison briefly return home to the friendly confines of the Scheels Center for a contest vs. Fort Wayne Jan. 20 prior to traveling to Omaha Jan. 24 and Western Illinois Jan. 27.

Five of North Dakota State's final seven regular season games are at home, starting with a game against South Dakota State Feb. 1.

NDSU heads to South Dakota Feb. 3 before welcoming Oral Roberts and Denver to the Scheels Center Feb. 8 and 10.

The Bison close out their regular season slate with a road game at Fort Wayne Feb. 15 and a pair of home games against Western Illinois Feb. 22 and Omaha Feb. 24.

The Summit League Women's Basketball Championship is slated for March 3-6 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

You can find the complete schedule at www.gobison.com

AHL Preseason Hockey at Ralph Engelstad Arena



Grand Forks, N.D.- The Manitoba Moose Hockey Club announced today that they will play a preseason game against the Iowa Wild at Ralph Engelstad Arena on Friday, September 29 at 7:00 PM. Tickets for this event will go on sale to the public on Friday, August 18 at 10:00 AM at the Ralph Engelstad Arena box office and ticketmaster.com. 

This is the third year in which the Manitoba Moose (an AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets) and the Iowa Wild (an AHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild) will play a preseason game in Grand Forks.  “We’re excited to bring professional hockey back to Ralph Engelstad Arena.”- Jody Hodgson, General Manger.  “These are some of the best hockey players in the world who will be competing for a spot on an NHL roster.  If you’re a fan of the Jets or the Wild, this is a great opportunity to see what the future of your favorite team will look like.” 

Tickets for the game start at just $15 for adults and $10 for youth.  Visit www.theralph.com for additional event and ticket information.


NDSU Picked 2nd in Preseason FCS Coaches Poll



SPARTANBURG, S.C. - North Dakota State was picked second in the preseason FCS Coaches Poll announced Tuesday, Aug. 8.  The Bison received two first-place votes behind defending national champion James Madison.

JMU, which had 20 of the 26 first-place votes, defeated NDSU in the national semifinals last year before beating Youngstown State in the championship.  The Missouri Valley Football Conference has an FCS-best five teams in the preseason coaches poll including South Dakota State (6), Youngstown State (8), Illinois State (18) and Northern Iowa (20).

The FCS Coaches Poll is based exclusively on a voting panel of head coaches in the FCS under the cooperation of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and is administered by the Southern Conference.

2017 Preseason FCS Coaches Poll

Team (First-Place Votes)
W-L
Pts
Prev
1
James Madison (20)
14-1
642
1
2
North Dakota State (2)
12-2
618
3
3
Sam Houston State (3)
12-1
577
5
4
Eastern Washington
12-2
525
4
5
Jacksonville State
10-2
493
6
6
South Dakota State (1)
9-4
479
7
7
Richmond
10-4
474
8
8
Youngstown State
12-4
450
2
9
Villanova
9-4
413
13
10
North Dakota
9-3
412
12
11
Wofford
10-4
381
11
12
The Citadel
10-2
333
9
13
Chattanooga
9-4
330
10
14
Charleston Southern
7-4
261
14
15
Central Arkansas
10-3
251
16
16
New Hampshire
10-3
244
17
17
Lehigh
9-3
177
18
18
Illinois State
6-6
149
N/R
19
Samford
7-5
144
23
20
Northern Iowa
5-6
136
N/R
21
Grambling State
12-1
133
15
22
Weber State
7-5
102
24
23
Cal Poly
7-5
85
21t
24
North Carolina Central
9-3
83
19
25
North Carolina A&T
9-3
78
20

Others receiving votes: Fordham (63), Albany (62), Western Illinois (54), Montana (51), Northern Arizona (42), McNeese State (34), San Diego (33), Tennessee State (26), Kennesaw State (17), William & Mary (16), Harvard (16), South Dakota (14), Saint Francis (8), Southeastern Louisiana (7), Dayton (7), Nicholls State (6), Princeton (5), Prairie View A&M (5), Colgate (5), Towson (2), Eastern Illinois (2), Southern (2), Southern Utah (2), Mercer (1).