OGDEN, Utah-- University of North Dakota second-year head coach Travis Brewster has been named Big Sky Conference Women's Basketball Coach of the Year, announced Tuesday by league officials. His team was the Big Sky co-regular season champions and also won the postseason conference tournament to advance to the NCAA Tournament this weekend.
"It's a humbling honor to have your peers vote for you in such a distinguished league of coaches," Brewster said. "I value the Big Sky Conference and all the hard work it does to promote women's basketball. This is a team award, it's a true blessing to have the people around me all successful together, the team and my staff. I'd like to thank our Athletics Director Brian Faison, our Senior Woman Administrator and President Dr. Robert Kelley for their support."
North Dakota (22-9) was in first place for all but three days during the 2013-14 conference season, starting out 6-0 in league play and finishing with a 15-5 mark. UND's nine-game turnaround in conference play was easily the most among Big Sky teams from last year and North Dakota tied for both the best home (9-1) and road records (6-4) in league play.
UND boasted four different players with postseason honors by the Big Sky Conference, led by league player of the year senior Madi Buck. Sophomore Mia Loyd, who led the conference in rebounding, was an All-Big Sky Second Teamer while junior Emily Evers was dubbed the co-sixth woman of the year and sophomore Kelsey Knox took home newcomer of the year accolades.
The NCAA Tournament gets underway Sunday evening for North Dakota and it travels to College Station, Texas to battle host Texas A&M at 7:00 p.m. Central on ESPN 2.