They’re in: Sioux make first NCAA tournament ever

The Sioux women are in the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history. The bracket was revealed Sunday night and the coaches and players took deep breaths when learning they’re in as the final at-large team.

The quarterfinal matchup will be against Minnesota at 4 p.m. Saturday in Ridder Arena. The Gophers beat the Sioux 6-0 on Friday night in the WCHA Final Faceoff, but UND will get another shot.

The Sioux went 2-3 against the Gophers this season.

The irony in this: If Minnesota hadn’t beat Duluth on Saturday night, UND would be out. Now, the Sioux try to repay the favor by knocking out the Gophers.

More irony: If Robert Morris hadn’t upset Mercyhurst in the CHA final, it’s possible that UND would have been left out. Robert Morris’ first-year head coach? Paul Colontino, a former Sioux women’s assistant coach who was a groomsman in UND sports info director Jayson Hajdu’s wedding this summer.

NCAA quarterfinals

Mercyhurst at No. 1 Wisconsin
St. Lawrence at No. 4 Boston College
UND at No. 2 Minnesota
Boston University at No. 3 Cornell

18 thoughts on “They’re in: Sioux make first NCAA tournament ever

  1. Brad, can you shed some light on how the UND is going to handle the “Fighting Sioux” issue at the women’s NCAA tournaments? Are the men’s uniforms ready to be replaced? Can the UND simply eliminate the name from public senses (sight, sound and vocalization) while staying in compliance with “The Law”?

  2. More irony: Colontino and I hung out for about 10 minutes in the Enrollment Services waiting area waiting for a recruit to show up for a tour (I was a tour guide). I didn’t say much, just Hi and how are you doing…. but I got a reprimand for talking to him. Oh well.

    As for how they will handle it… They’ll wear their “North Dakota” jerseys shown earlier this season on this website and go by North Dakota or UND. If the band and cheerleaders go down, they won’t have Fighting Sioux apparel on. Nothing more than that.

    Congrats to the ladies. Good luck.

  3. Now make my dream come true. The Sioux are in the finals playing for a National Championship, and 5,000 roudy -UND FANS- are in the stands with White Tomahawk’s doing the Tomahawk Chop after every gaol scored.

    Take the name away from the team. But never Take the Fight out of the Sioux.

    I can see a white t-shirt give away with a free tomahowk comming soon!!!!

    • Can’t type GOAL or TOMAHAWK very well today :)

      Someone call Spirit Lake and see if they would like donate the White Foam Tomahawk’s (Atlanta Braves)

      I’m sure the band could come up with something!!!

      Then to have the Fighting Sioux Chop after every goal ….. something tells me that would be like giving the NCAA the middle finger right there!!!

      I could see coming from the Student section for a long long time.

  4. What do you think the Women’s team will have to do to gain some more support from the local community?

    Yeah the attendance figures are great compared to other schools but those other big schools also have big time athletic programs (football, basketball, etc.). UND is a hockey school. Grand Forks is a hockey town. The Ralph looks like the home of hockey gods!!! Is the sky the limit?

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