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Women's basketball Freije to transfer: Fallyn Freije will transfer from the UND women's basketball program and complete her college eligibility elsewhere, the school confirmed Thursday night. "We wish Fallyn the best in her future endeavors," UND head coach Travis Brewster said. "She helped lead us to two postseason runs, including a regular season Big Sky championship last year. We thank her for her contributions."
RENO, Nev.—The UND men's basketball program made the jump to Division I in 2008. The first Division I game for the Fighting Hawks was a 61-56 win over UMKC. Since that Nov. 14, 2008, game, perhaps no other men's program in the country has had to endure as many changes as UND. UND's Division I journey has been a winding road. Starting as an independent, UND played a varied mix of opponents, including Division II teams, forgettable NAIA teams and an end-of-the-season tournament for independents, the Spring Thaw.
RENO, Nev.—The Big Sky Conference era for UND men's basketball is over. During their time in the league, the Fighting Hawks put together an impressive resume for their future colleagues—the teams in the Summit League. UND's time in the Big Sky ended Thursday when top-seed Montana downed the Hawks 84-76 in the quarterfinal round of the Big Sky tournament at the Reno Events Center. UND came in as the defending champion and was attempting to continue its successful run in Big Sky tournament play.
RENO, Nev.—The UND men's basketball program joined the Big Sky Conference in 2012. UND was a relative newcomer to Division I basketball at the time, having spent a few seasons in the now-defunct Great West Conference—a league that amounted to nothing more than a scheduling alliance for programs looking for a permanent home. When UND secured Big Sky membership, Montana and Weber State were the league powers. They remain in that role. But UND, perhaps more than any other Big Sky member, has managed to mix it up with the two powers in postseason play.
RENO, Nev.—The odds were against UND, which trailed Montana State by 19 points with just over 10 minutes to play. When the odds are against you in Reno, sometimes it's best to just walk away. UND, however, didn't walk away. Instead, the Fighting Hawks overcame the odds as they have done time after time in March the past few years. On Tuesday, UND rallied for a stunning 76-74 win over Montana State in the first round of the Big Sky Conference men's basketball tournament at the Reno Events Center.
RENO, Nev.—UND has had some memorable moments as a Big Sky Conference member, notably the 2014 league title and subsequent NCAA Tournament appearance. As UND closed its run in the Big Sky on Monday night, the final 5 minutes of the first half against Montana State likely will not be remembered The Bobcats used a decisive 18-0 run in the final five minutes of the second quarter to down UND 68-58 in the first round of the league tournament at the Reno Events Center.
RENO, Nev.—Since UND joined the Big Sky Conference in 2012, the Fighting Hawks have been no strangers to postseason awards. That trend continued Sunday as UND had another first-team selection on the all-Big Sky Conference women's basketball team announced by the league. UND junior forward Lexi Klabo was named to the first team, marking the fifth straight season the Hawks have a player on the league's first team.
RENO, Nev.—Since UND joined the 12-member Big Sky Conference in 2012, the Fighting Hawks have shared two regular-season league titles—in 2014 and 2017. No other league team has won or shared more titles in past six seasons. Although UND's time in the Big Sky has been brief, the Hawks have made an impact. Today, however, UND's run at a second postseason title will be extremely difficult as the Hawks are seeded No. 10. They will meet No. 7 seed Montana State at 7:35 p.m. The teams split this season, each winning on their home floor.
North Dakota is set to leave the Big Sky Conference at the end of season to become a Summit League member. The Fighting Hawks have had some great times as a Big Sky Conference member. The 2014 league title and trip to the NCAA Tournament stands the tallest of those memories. The last regularly scheduled Big Sky basketball game at UND was held Friday afternoon at The Betty. However, that game won't be one of the fond Big Sky memories for UND as Portland State led from start to finish in downing the Fighting Hawks 80-61 before 1,601 fans at The Betty.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—It took a while but UND finally notched a road win in the Big Sky Conference this season. Conner Avants scored a career-high 26 points as the Fighting Hawks downed Sacramento State 90-73 on Thursday night. Avants was one of five UND players in double figures. Geno Crandall followed with 19 points, while Cortez Seales added 15. Reserves Billy Brown and Kienan Walter each finished with 12. UND improved to 6-11 in the Big Sky and 11-18 overall while Sacramento State dropped to 3-14 and 6-24.