The first season under Mike Regan ended on Thursday night at the Summit League Championships. A productive year ended with a 3-0 loss to Denver in Brookings, South Dakota. The Bison failed to score on any of their 14 shots against Denver.
Natalie Beckman put the Pioneers up after 19 minutes, converting from the penalty spot following a Bison handball in the box.
Samantha Feller doubled the advantage a minute into the second half before Camyrn MacMillen sealed it 13 minutes from full time.
Denver became Summit League Champions on Saturday, beating Omaha 4-0 in the final.
The loss knocked the Bison out of the tournament and ended their season with a 9-7 record. Mariah Haberle, Hannah Norman and Roxy Roemer were voted to the All-Summit League First Team. The Herd will be losing five seniors before next year’s season.
On Oct. 30, in a tight match, the Bison women’s basketball team lost 65-70 to the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs in their first game of the season. The exhibition match took place at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex (SHAC) in front of a crowd of 408. The Bulldogs came out strong, gaining a 13-point lead over the Bison in the first five minutes. NDSU fought back and led Duluth by one at the end of the half. However, the 20 points from Bison Michelle Gaislerova and 15 from Rylee Nudell was not enough for the victory. The Bulldogs won by five over NDSU.
The Bison will begin their regular season Tuesday, Nov. 6 with a home game against the Mayville State Comets. The Comets are coming fresh off a 61-49 loss against the University of Jamestown on Saturday. The Bison will be looking to take advantage of the tired Mayville State and start the regular season off with a win.
The Bison men’s basketball team took on the Concordia Cobbers to open the season Thursday. The exhibition game pulled in a crowd of 1,154 to the SHAC in this “across the river” rival matchup. The Bison held strong in their first game of the season and beat Division II Concordia in dominant fashion with an 81-49 score.
The Herd was able to hold the Cobbers to a mere 18 points while scoring 47 themselves. Not only one, but four separate players hit double-digit scoring, and Jared Samuelson had a big night, dropping three 3-pointers.
The Bison will hope to carry their momentum into their first regular season game when they take on defending champs New Mexico State. Tomorrow the Bison will be making their way down to Las Cruces, New Mexico to play the Aggies at 8:30 p.m. central time.