Monday, August 3, 2015

MN Lynx Maya Moore Named Western Conference Player of the Week

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The WNBA today named Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, July 27 through Sunday, August 2. The Player of the Week award is Moore’s third of the season and the 13th of her career.
Moore led all Western Conference scorers for the week with 23.3 points per game, ranked sixth in the WNBA in assists with 3.8 assists per game and seventh in rebounding with 7.3 rebounds per game. Moore registered game-high totals of 25 points and five assists against Connecticut July 22, playing all 45 minutes for the third complete game of her career. She was named Most Valuable Player of the 2015 WNBA All Star Game on July 25, after tallying an All Star Game-record 30 points, six rebounds and five assists in the West’s 117-112 victory.
Moore led all scorers with 27 points, seven rebounds and three steals in the July 29 win over Los Angeles where she sank consecutive baskets in the game’s final two minutes after the Sparks had rallied to within three. Earlier in the week, Moore collected 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in the July 31 win over Atlanta, making her 26th career double-double and eighth time she’s amassed 20+ points, 10+ rebounds and 5+ assists in one game. She finished the week by scoring 16 of 20 points in the fourth quarter in a victory over the Shock for Minnesota’s 12th consecutive win at the BOK Center. Moore has now scored 20+ points in each of her past 11 games, tying Cynthia Cooper for the second-longest such run in WNBA history.
New York's Tina Charles was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
The Lynx play next on Tuesday, August 4 at Staples Center against the Los Angeles Sparks. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. CT and the game can be seen on ESPN 2 and heard on BOB 106.1 FM.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NDSU Volleyball Receives AVCA Team Academic Award for 15th Time


The North Dakota State University volleyball team has been honored with the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2014-15 season, the AVCA announced Wednesday, July 29.

The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

The Bison received the award for the third consecutive year and for the 15th time overall.

NCAA Division I recorded its highest-ever total number of recipients, honoring 146 programs.

NDSU returns 14 players from last season’s team that won seven of the final nine regular-season matches and advanced to the semifinals of the Summit League Tournament. The Bison open the season at the Tiger Invitational in Columbia, Mo., on Aug. 28-29, taking on host Missouri, North Texas and Winthrop.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NDSU Women’s Basketball Unveils Complete 2015-16 Schedule

FARGO, N.D. – Two NCAA tournament teams, two that advanced to the WNIT and two others that played in the Women's Basketball Invitational highlight the 29-game regular season North Dakota State University 2015-16 women's basketball schedule announced on Tuesday, July 28, by second season head coach Maren Walseth.

"Once again, we were able to put together a non-conference schedule which will not only be challenging, but also prepare us for [Summit] league play," Walseth said.

New Mexico State and South Dakota State both advanced to the 2015 NCAA tournament, while South Dakota and Maine qualified for the WNIT. Oral Roberts advanced all the way to the semifinals before losing by one point to Louisiana Lafayette in the Women's Basketball Invitational, a tournament field that included North Dakota.

The Bison will play 15 home games this season, the most since the 2012-13 season when NDSU played 16 games at home.

"The number of home games this year is great," Walseth added. "We learned last year that a full BBF provides a wonderful environment."

After hosting Minnesota-Crookston in an exhibition game on Nov. 5, the Bison tip-off regular season play with four straight home games inside the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse. The action begins with a contest against New Mexico State Nov. 13, before the College of Saint Mary comes to Fargo for a contest on Nov. 15. After a four-day break, North Dakota State will close out the homestand with games against Valley City State Nov. 19 and Maine Nov. 22.

NDSU travels to the San Diego State Thanksgiving Classic for its first road tests of the season, facing the host Aztecs on Nov. 27 and Delaware on Nov. 29, before trekking to Kent State for a game on Dec. 5.

The Bison return home to the friendly confines of the BBF on Dec. 8 for a contest against Grand Canyon, before heading north to Grand Forks to battle North Dakota Dec. 12. Six days later, North Dakota State continues its road trip by traveling to Wichita, Kan., for the Wichita State University Classic. The Bison face North Carolina A&T in the opening game of the classic Dec. 18, prior to closing out play in the event with a game against Prairie View A&M Dec. 19. NDSU concludes its road swing with a game at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) on Dec. 22 in Newark, N.J.

The Bison return home to the BBF to host Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 28, before tipping-off Summit League competition two days later at Omaha on Dec. 30.

North Dakota State opens league play at home on Jan. 3 inside Scheels Arena against defending Summit League tournament champion South Dakota State in one of two league doubleheaders with the Bison men's basketball team.

"We are excited to play two games at Scheels Arena again this year," Walseth said. "The players really enjoy playing there, and I think our fans enjoy coming out to a first-class facility as well."

NDSU travels to Denver on Jan. 7, before returning home to the BBF for games against Oral Roberts Jan. 9 and South Dakota Jan. 14.

The Bison head back out on the road on Jan. 16 for a game at IUPUI, prior to hosting Western Illinois and Fort Wayne at the BBF on Jan. 21 and 23.

North Dakota State begins the second-half of the Summit League campaign with three consecutive road games, traveling to South Dakota Jan. 30, Oral Roberts Feb. 4 and South Dakota State Feb. 6.

The Bison then return home for a trio of games against IUPUI Feb. 12, Omaha Feb. 14 and Denver Feb. 20. The game against Denver will mark the final home game of the regular season for NDSU and will be the second league doubleheader with NDSU men's basketball at Scheels Arena.

NDSU concludes regular season action at Western Illinois Feb. 25 and at Fort Wayne Feb. 27.

The Summit League Women's Basketball Championship is scheduled for March 5-8 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., with the top eight teams in the final league standings qualifying for the tournament.

Game times will be announced at a later date on www.GoBison.com and the NDSU women's basketball Twitter account,@NDSUwbb.

Minnesota Lynx Sign Shae Kelley


MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx today announced the team has signed forward Shae Kelley to a seven-day contract.
Kelley, a 6-1 forward from the University of Minnesota, was selected in the third round, 35th overall by Minnesota in the 2015 WNBA Draft. She played in two preseason games with the Lynx this season.
Kelley was named to the All-Big Ten First Team in 2015 and was a three-time Big Ten Player of the Week honoree, while leading the Gophers in steals (56) and ranking second in points (578). She ranked sixth in the Big Ten in scoring, offensive rebounds and double-doubles, seventh in rebounds and defensive rebounds and 15th in steals.
Kelley will wear No. 1 and will practice with the Lynx today. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

MN Lynx Acquire Center Sylvia Fowles


MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx today announced the team has acquired center Sylvia Fowles along with Chicago’s 2016 second round draft pick in a three-team deal that sends Damiris Dantas, Reshanda Gray and its 2016 first round pick to the Atlanta Dream. As part of the deal, Atlanta sends Erika de Souza to Chicago.
“We’re excited to welcome Sylvia to the Minnesota Lynx organization,” said Executive Vice President Roger Griffith. “She’s a proven, defensive All-Star player and we expect her to step in and be a great leader on and off the court. She’s been one of the elite centers in the WNBA and will be a key addition to our championship caliber roster." 
Originally drafted second overall in the 2008 WNBA Draft by the Chicago Sky, Fowles has averaged 15.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 186 career regular season WNBA games (177 starts), all with Chicago. She was named a WNBA All-Star in 2009, 2011 and 2013 and is a two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the year (2011, 2013). Fowles is a two-time All-WNBA First Team selection (2010, 2013), as well as a four time All-WNBA Defensive First Team selection (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).
The 6’6 center averaged 13.4 points and 10.2 rebounds per game to help the Chicago Sky to a 15-19 record and the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals. She played in just 20 games in 2014 after being sidelined to start the season due to hip injury. Fowles aided the Sky in 2013 to a 24-10 mark, its best record in franchise history, the Eastern Conference season title and the Sky’s first playoff berth. She averaged 16.3 points per game and a league-best 11.5 rebounds. In 2011, Fowles averaged 20.0 points (3rd in the WNBA), 10.2 rebounds (2nd) and a league-best 2.0 blocks per game. In 2012, she shot a league-best 63.8% from the floor in 25 games (all starts), the third-highest single season field goal percentage in WNBA history.
Fowles will be the fourth Olympian on the Minnesota Lynx roster, joining Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen. She won Olympic gold medals with the USA Basketball Women’s National Team at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympic Games. She currently ranks seventh all-time among U.S. Olympic career record holders for rebounds (85) and eighth for field goal percentage (.643) through two Olympiads.
Prior to the WNBA, Fowles played for Louisiana State University from 2004-2008. During her four years, she helped lead LSU to a 125-21 record (.856), three Southeastern Conference regular season titles, twice earning perfect league records, and four NCAA Finals Fours. She was named the NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player three times (2006, 2007, 2008) and was named WBCA National Defensive Player of the Year in 2008. In her freshman and sophomore seasons (2004-06), Fowles teamed up with current Lynx guard Seimone Augustus.
Dantas, originally drafted by Minnesota with the 12 overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft, heads to Atlanta after averaging 5.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in her two seasons with Minnesota. Gray heads to Atlanta having played in 10 games for the Lynx averaging 0.6 points and 1.0 rebounds in her rookie season.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Special Olympics Minnesota to Hold Area 1 Bocce Competition



MINNEAPOLIS—July 23, 2015—Special Olympics Minnesota athletes are set to compete at the Area 1 bocce competition on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Thief River Falls DAC, 205 13th St W. in Thief River Falls.

If you are interested in learning more about Special Olympics Minnesota in the Thief River Falls area, please contact Emily Dierberger at emily.dierberger@somn.org.

Special Olympics Minnesota offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Through Special Olympics’ athletic, health and leadership programs, people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities and the world.

For more information on Special Olympics Minnesota, visit www.somn.org.

UMC to Host High School Football Camp July 26



CROOKSTON, Minn.- The University of Minnesota Crookston football program will hold an individual football camp Sun., July 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the UMC Sports Center and Jim LeClair Practice Fields.

The camp is for students in grades 9 through 12 and will be a non-contact, non-padded football camp and will include: speed and agility training, combine testing, position specific coaching, individual instruction, drill work and competitive situations. The camp also includes important information regarding academic eligibility, the recruiting process and other character components that make or break a football career.

The camp costs $25 and opens at 10:30 a.m. with Check In. If you have questions or are interested in
participating in the camp contact Assistant Coach Taylor Summers at tsummers@umn.edu or register online at http://abcsportscamps.com/umcfootball.

For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Athletics website at www.goldeneaglesports.com.

Wahlin Named Assistant Athletic Director/Senior Women’s Administrator at UMC


CROOKSTON, Minn.- The University of Minnesota Crookston athletic department announced the promotion of Kamille Wahlin to Assistant Athletic Director/Senior Women’s Administrator in charge of Marketing and Promotions. Wahlin, a native of Crookston, Minn., has spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for the UMC women’s basketball team and will remain in that role, in addition to her new responsibilities.

“We are excited to be able keep someone of Kamille Wahlin’s character and work ethic a part of the UMC family,” said Director of Athletics Stephanie Helgeson. “We were impressed with Kamille’s vision for the
position and excited to have someone who knows and loves UMC and the Crookston community continue to be a part of our athletic department.”

In addition to her duties as Senior Woman’s Administrator and the Director of Marketing and Promotions, Wahlin will also be the advisor for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and NCAA Champs/Life Skills program.

“I am excited to take on this new role at UMC,” In my first two years on campus I’ve enjoyed working with everyone in the department and on campus. This new opportunity allows me to help the athletic department as it continues to grow in a great direction. I want to thank Stephanie and the committee for trusting me with this position.”

Wahlin has been an integral part of Coach Mike Roysland’s coaching staff the last two seasons, helping the Golden Eagles to unprecedented success. The Golden Eagles finished third in the NSIC North during the 2013-14 and hosted UMC’s first-ever home playoff game, which they won against Concordia University, St. Paul, to advance to the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament. Wahlin has also been responsible for helping tutor Alexa Thielman, who has improved throughout her time in the Maroon and Gold, earning All-NSIC First Team last season.

In addition to serving as assistant coach, Wahlin has also been in charge of running intramurals at UMC the past two years.

Prior to her return to her hometown, Wahlin was a four-year standout at the University of Iowa.

During her time at Iowa, Wahlin was a 1,000 point scorer for the Hawkeyes and averaged 11.7 point per game, 2.37 rebounds per game and 3.33 assists per game. Wahlin is believed to be the first University of Iowa freshman to record a double-double in her first career start as she tallied 14 points and 10 assists versus the University of Michigan Jan. 26, 2009. During her career she connected on 230 three-pointers, which ranks second in school history, third in assists and eighth in career scoring. She was selected to the All-Big Ten Third Team as a sophomore and a senior and the All-Big Ten Honorable Mention squad as a junior. She broke the school record for three-pointers attempted in a single season with 225 as a sophomore and tied the school mark for three’s made with 84. She served as a team captain as a sophomore, junior and senior.

During her prep career at Crookston High School, Wahlin led the team to a 114-18 mark in four years including a third-place finish at the Minnesota Class AA State Tournament as a senior in 2007-08 and a second-place finish as a sophomore in 2005-06. She was a McDonald’s All-American nominee, as well as a 2008 Miss Minnesota Basketball finalist. Wahlin averaged 19.8 points, 6.1 assists and 4.5 rebounds as a senior for the Pirates. She was a Coaches Association first team pick and an Associated Press second team all-state pick during her senior campaign.

Wahlin graduated from the University of Iowa in May of 2013. She is currently working toward her Master’s degree at University of North Dakota.

For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Athletics website at www.goldeneaglesports.com.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

MN Lynx Lindsay Whalen Named All-Star Reserve

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The WNBA tonight announced Lindsay Whalen was voted by coaches as a reserve for the 2015 Western Conference All-Star team. Due to Whalen’s eye injury suffered in Sunday’s game at Tulsa, she will not play in the Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2015, however, this would be Whalen‘s fifth career All-Star appearance (2006, 2011, 2013, 2014).

Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2015, featuring the Eastern Conference All-Stars against the Western Conference All-Stars at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., will be nationally televised by ABC on Saturday, July 25, at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Playing in her fifth season in Minnesota and 12th in the WNBA, Whalen is averaging 11.7 points, 4.3 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game on 47.2% shooting from the floor this season. Whalen was named Western Conference Player of the Week for June 22-28, her 7th career honor, after tallying 21 points against Phoenix on June 27. The game marked her second 20+ outing this season and the 52nd of her career.

Joining Whalen as backcourt reserves are Seattle’s Sue Bird, DeWanna Bonner of the Phoenix Mercury, Danielle Robinson of the San Antonio Stars, while Nneka Ogwumike of Los Angeles and Plenette Pierson of Tulsa were voted in as frontcourt reserves. For the Eastern Conference, Alex Bentley of Connecticut, Marissa Coleman of Indiana and Cappie Pondexter of the Chicago Sky will serve as backcourt reserves. Kelsey Bone of the Sun, Stefanie Dolson of Washington and Emma Meesseman of Washington were voted in as frontcourt reserves. In selecting the reserves, the 12 WNBA head coaches voted for six players within their own conference: two backcourt players, three frontcourt players, and a player from either position.  Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team. 

Alongside Moore and Augustus, starters for the Western Conference include Phoenix’s Brittney Griner, Phoenix’s Candice Dupree and Tulsa’s Skylar Diggins, The Eastern Conference starters are Atlanta’s Angel McCoughtry and Shoni Shcimmel, Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne, New York’s Tina Charles and Indiana’s Tamika Catchings.

In the case of players who are unable to play due to injury – such as Skylar Diggins, Seimone Augustus, and Lindsay Whalen – replacement players will be named by WNBA President Laurel J. Richie.  Any changes to the starting lineup necessitated by injury will subsequently be made by the head coach of the respective All-Star team.
Eastern Conference Reserves:
Alex Bentley, Backcourt (Connecticut)
Kelsey Bone, Frontcourt (Connecticut)
Marissa Coleman, Backcourt (Indiana)
Stefanie Dolson, Frontcourt (Washington)
Emma Meesseman, Frontcourt (Washington)
Cappie Pondexter, Backcourt (Chicago)

Western Conference Reserves:

Sue Bird, Backcourt (Seattle)
DeWanna Bonner, Backcourt (Phoenix)
Nneka Ogwumike, Frontcourt (Los Angeles)
Plenette Pierson, Frontcourt (Tulsa)
Danielle Robinson, Backcourt (San Antonio)
Lindsay Whalen, Backcourt (Minnesota)
Wednesday’s game vs. Connecticut is the annual “Camp Day” game, with over 17,000 day campers and fans from across the state invading Target Center. Kids will be participating in on-court contests throughout the game, which tips off at 12 p.m. Tickets are still available by calling 612-673-8400 or by visiting lynxbasketball.com/lynxtix.

Monday, July 20, 2015

MN Lynx Acquire Guard Renee Montgomery

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx today announced the team has acquired guard Renee Montgomery and Seattle’s 2016 second round draft pick in exchange for guard Monica Wright.

Montgomery, originally drafted by the Minnesota Lynx with the fourth overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft, comes to the Lynx with career averages of 10.6 points, 3.2 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 23.8 minutes per game. The 5-7 guard has played in 17 games for the Storm this season, including two starts, averaging 7.1 points, 3.2 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 17.8 minutes per game.  

During her one season in Minnesota, Montgomery was named to the 2009 adidas All-Rookie Team and averaged 9.0 points, 2.1 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game. She was traded to the Connecticut Sun in 2010 along with the first pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft, as part of the trade that brought current Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen and the second overall pick in that draft to Minnesota. Montgomery spent five seasons with the Sun before she was acquired by Seattle on Jan. 28, 2015 from Connecticut with the third and 15th picks in the 2015 WNBA Draft for Shekinna Stricklen and Camille Little

The West Virginia native has appeared in seven career playoff games, including two starts, with Connecticut in 2011 and 2012, averaging 8.6 points, 3.7 assists and 1.3 rebounds per game. Montgomery was named to the 2011 Eastern Conference All-Star team as a reserve and went on to be named the WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year in 2012 after averaging 11.8 points in 34 games off the bench. 

Prior to the WNBA, Montgomery attended the University of Connecticut and led the Huskies to a 138-11 record in her four-year collegiate career that included two trips to the NCAA Women’s Final Four, four NCAA Regionals, four BIG EAST regular season titles and three BIG EAST Tournament crowns. 

Wright, originally drafted by Minnesota with the second overall pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft, holds career averages of 7.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 161 games.  In seven games this season, the 5-10 guard averaged 2.1 points, 1.1 assists and 0.9 rebounds.