GRAND FORKS, N.D. - University of North Dakota first year head women's basketball coach Travis Brewster announced today that Mia Loyd has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Fighting Sioux as they transition into the Big Sky Conference beginning the 2012-13 season.
A 5-10 forward from DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis, Minn., Loyd helped guide the Islanders to their second straight Class 3A championship, averaging 13.1 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 2.5 spg, and 1.9 apg. She averaged 17.7 ppg and 11.3 rpg during the section playoffs and 10.7 ppg and 10.7 rpg during the team's run through the state tournament.
"Mia is the type of player that will have great success here at the University of North Dakota," Brewster said. "She has excellent character, a strong academic background, and she is a fierce competitor on the court.
"With her father Curtis being a Division I basketball coach, she has gained valuable knowledge watching him conduct his team. Mia is also coming from DeLaSalle High School where under the direction of head coach Faith Johnson Patterson, the team has won back-to-back state titles and has built the foundation for a winning tradition. These attributes will serve as a good foundation to build on as she works to compete at this higher level of basketball."
To cap off her senior season, Loyd was named to the 2012 Class AAA Minnesota State Girls' Basketball All-Tournament team and received West Fargo All-Pioneer Press West Metro honorable mention honors.
Loyd was also the recipient of the Athena Award which recognizes an exceptional senior female student-athlete every year from each of 39 metro high schools who excels in sports, academics and community involvement.
- Go Sioux -