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The 2012-13 University of North Dakota women's basketball team
Women's hoops fifth, sixth in Big Sky preseason polls
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Updated: Tuesday 10/17/2012 21:28:46 (ET)
by Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
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OGDEN, Utah- The University of North Dakota women's basketball team was picked to finish fifth by the media and sixth by the coaches in the 2012-13 Big Sky Conference preseason polls. After three seasons in the Great West Conference following its move to NCAA Division I, UND enters its first season in the league.

"We respect the other teams in the conference, but this shows us that we still have work to do," UND head coach Travis Brewster said. "The tradition of this program is a commitment to excellence. We're excited about the challenge."

The top four spots were identical in both polls with Idaho State, the defending Big Sky regular season and tournament champion, grabbing the top position. Northern Colorado was the runner-up with Montana and Montana State slotted third and fourth, respectively, in both polls.

UND returns 10 letterwinners and three starters from a team that finished 21-11 overall as Great West Conference tournament champions a season ago. Leading scorer junior Allyssa Wall was a Great West Conference First Teamer after a season that saw her lead the team in scoring in eight of the final 11 games. Junior Madi Buck averaged 9.7 points per game while the final returning starter, senior Nicole Smart, started all 32 games last season for UND.  

North Dakota opens its season in two weeks, hosting Bemidji State for an exhibition at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center on Nov. 1. The regular season gets underway on Nov. 11 when North Dakota welcomes Harvard to the BESC.

2012-13 Big Sky Conference Women's Basketball Preseason Polls

COACHES POLL  
Team Points  
1. Idaho State 97 (8)
2. Northern Colorado 88 (1)
3. Montana 77 (2)
4. Montana State 72
5. Portland State 63
6. North Dakota 53
7. Sacramento State 50
8. Eastern Washington 40
9. Northern Arizona 28
10. Weber State 17
11. Southern Utah 13
MEDIA POLL
Team Points  
1. Idaho State 154 (8)
2. Northern Colorado 146 (4)
3. Montana 135 (3)
4. Montana State 127
5. North Dakota 95
6. Sacramento State 83
7. Portland State 78
8. Eastern Washington 65
9. Northern Arizona 53
10. Southern Utah 26
11. Weber State 25



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