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If you’re a fan of high scoring, fast paced action and March Madness is your favorite time of year, a University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks basketball game is right up your alley…or court!
Even though the men’s and women’s programs are only in their 5th season of Division I Big Sky Conference play, they’re already a force to be reckoned with.
Veteran head coach Brian Jones takes his club into this season on the heels of a 10-8 conference record in 2015-16 and a postseason tournament appearance. Starters Quinton Hooker and Carson Shanks head a team of skilled players at both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. The quick and tenacious sophomore guard Geno Crandall is also one to watch.
Strong favorites to finish atop the Big Sky, 4th season head coach Travis Brewster will once again be directing a squad of very gifted women. Leading scorers Makailah Dyer and Samantha Roscoe will light up the scoreboard, while fiery guard Leah Szabla frustrates opponents with her ball-handling and defensive skills. UND also has a full slate of other potent weapons including Bailey Strand and NDSU transfer Holly Johnson.
Along with a chance to see two of the most exciting young teams in the country compete you get to enjoy all the action at one of the most renowned sports facilities. The Betty Engelstad Sioux Center can accommodate 3,300 cheering fans and features a VIP lounge and beautiful granite floor lobby with a special section dedicated to the history of UND basketball. They also have concession areas that serve up a variety of tasty treats including ginormous pretzels, buttery sweet caramel corn and juicy ND Cloverdale hamburgers…no worries, dribbling is allowed. For those of you who like to imbibe, the lounge offers beer, wine and cocktails.
So, why spend another boring night at home watching on television when you can experience the game up close and personal? It’s time to gather all your baller BFFs together and head to The Betty for some thrilling DI hoops! For ticket information, go to www.undsports.com.