No. 2 UMD women’s basketball tips-off final practice before departing for Elite Eight

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The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) women’s basketball team will be making school history next week becoming UMD’s first team to tip-off in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.

Thursday the Bulldogs held their final home practice before departing for St. Joseph, Missouri on Friday.

Earning the second seed the Bulldogs feel they’ve proven they’re worthy of taking on any team in the country.

“No matter what the situation is, no matter how much we’re down by or how much we’re up by, we’re just going to keep pushing and keep fighting and playing our game. I think we learned that one through 16 on our team is here for the long haul,” graduate student, guard Maesyn Thiesen said.

“Once we were getting closer to securing that spot in the Regional tournament I just kept thinking to myself ‘what have I done wrong in the past in preparing us?’ because I want to get out of the Regional tournament,” head coach Mandy Pearson said. “It’s so fun to still be playing basketball this late in the year.”

No. 2 UMD (30-3) first battles a brand new opponent in quarterfinals in seventh seeded Assumption University (27-5). Tip-off is Monday, March 20 at 2:30 p.m. For the bracket, Click Here.