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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: UND facts, figures for NCAA tournament

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What you need to know

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UND vs.

Texas A&M

When: Sunday, 7 p.m., NCAA Division I women’s basketball tournament first-round game.

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Where: Reed Arena, College Station, Texas.

TV/Radio: ESPN2 (Channel 26 GF); Cat Country (100.3 FM).

Records: UND 22-9, No. 14 seed; Texas A&M 24-8, No. 3 seed.

The coaches: Travis Brewster, UND, second season, 33-27 career record; Gary Blair, Texas A&M, 11th year, 261-107 (28th year overall, 669-270).

Facts, figures

n Texas A&M finished third in the Southeastern Conference this season and was ranked No. 15 in the final AP poll.

n A&M won the SEC last season, its first in the league.

n The Aggies were the 2011 national champions.

n Sunday’s game will be televised nationally by ESPN2. Carter Blackburn and Rosalyn Gold-Onwude will have the call.

n UND finished the regular season with an RPI of 75, the highest among Big Sky Conference teams. Texas A&M has an RPI of 13.

n UND doubled its win total from last season (11 to 22).

n UND enters the NCAA tournament ranked sixth nationally in rebounding margin (+11.3).

n A&M is one of 12 schools to have qualified for at least nine straight NCAA tournaments.

n The Aggies are looking to win a game in the tournament for the eighth-straight season.

n The Aggies have averaged 5,370 fans for home games this season.

 Starting lineups

UND:

Leah Szabla, Fr., 5-9, G, 7.9 ppg.

Kelsey Knox, So., 5-7, G, 5.1 ppg

Madi Buck, Sr., F, 6-0, 15.8 ppg

Mia Loyd, So., F, 5-11, 13.8 ppg

Allyssa Wall, Sr., 6-4, 6.0 ppg.

Texas A&M:

Courtney Williams, So., 6-1, F/G, 13.7 ppg.

Jordan Jones, So., 5-6, G, 6.8 ppg.

Courtney Walker, So., 5-8, G, 15.2 ppg.

Karla Gilbert, Sr., 6-5, C, 11.3 ppg

Achiri Ade, Jr., 6-1, F, 7.5 ppg.

Got you covered

The Herald will have you covered this weekend during UND’s trip to its first-ever NCAA Division I women’s basketball tournament in College Station, Texas.

The Herald’s Wayne Nelson and Tom Miller will be in College Station, with coverage beginning Saturday.

The Herald will have extensive coverage online at www.gfherald.com as well as in the Grand Forks Herald throughout the weekend.

Also, follow Nelson (@waynenelsonGF) and Miller (@tommillerGF) on Twitter throughout the weekend.

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Wayne Nelson
Nelson is the sports editor of the Herald
(701) 780-1268
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