Tuesday the Big Sky Conference recognized Lady Griz head coach Robin Selvig as the Big Sky Conference coach of the year.
In 35 years of coaching, Selvig has 798-254 record. He has won Big Sky Conference coach of the year 14 times, won five times in the Mountain West Conference and once in the Northwest Women’s Basketball League.
“Everyone is very loyal to him,” sophomore Maggie Rickman said. “He has earned it in every way and I haven’t met someone who doesn’t like him for everything yet.”
Rickman was drawn to the program for Selvig’s respect others give him for his accomplishments and personality.
Senior Katie Baker and Big Sky Conference MVP said she wanted to join Montana four years ago because Selvig said they were about more than just basketball.
“He said we love the game but it’s not just about basketball, we want them to have a good college career and a good life,” Baker said. “Basketball ball coaches across the country live and breathe basketball and he loves the team but it’s more than just basketball with him. It’s a family and a love and that’s what pulled me in.”
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From left, Kenzie De Boer, Alexandra Hurley and Lady Griz teammates watch a tv screen at the Press Box March 18, 2013 moments before they learned of their seeding against 4-seed Georgia Saturday, March 23, 2013 for a second-round NCAA tournament game.
Every player’s eyes on the Lady Griz basketball team were glued to the TV’s in the Press Box waiting to hear who and where they would play in the Women’s 2013 NCAA tournament. At 5 p.m. the first three teams were announced.
Then it finally came: 13th seeded Montana vs. 4th seeded Georgia in Spokane, Wash. at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The room erupted in cheers. Continue reading
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UND’s Mitch Wilmer(22) and Josh Schuler(32) defend SUU’s Damon Heuir (3) March 14, 2013 at Dahlberg Arena. UND defeated SUU 69-52
In the second game of the men’s Big Sky Conference quarterfinal game Thursday, the conference’s two newest teams battled it out. The No. 3 seed University of North Dakota emerged victorious over Southern Utah with a 69-52 win.
After a close first half, North Dakota came out on fire to start the second half. The team started the half with a six-point run, with five points coming from junior guard Troy Huff. He led UND with 15 points and sevw=en rebounds. Teammate Mitch Wilmer had a double-double with 11 points and 14 boards.
Every Friday the Kaimin has a special issue of their paper called a “Friday Kaimin.” This is like a regular paper except that there is one big feature story. I had the privilege to do a profile on women’s head basketball coach Robin Selvig, who completed his 34th season at Montana. Here is a link to check out the story.
Alyssa Smith (00), tries to score a basket against the Portland State Vikings in the Dahlberg Arena. (Forest Chaput de Saintonge/Montana Kaimin)
To competitors, when Lady Griz junior forward Alyssa Smith enters a game, her 6-foot frame and intense eyes indicate a fierce player. To her father, she’s his little girl and he gets choked up talking about her: the compassion he sees in her makes him a better man and her journey with the Northwest Burn Foundation has transformed her life.
Last Saturday’s game was not only against Portland State, but was also a fundraiser for a pivotal group in the Smith family’s life.
Her journey with the Northwest Burn Foundation, an organization close to the basketball star’s heart, began when she was 7-years-old. When Alyssa was a toddler, her hands were severely burned from wrist to fingertip after running them through scalding water in a bathroom sink at her daycare in Monroe, Wash. The water-heater was accidently cranked up to 140 degrees. Since, she has had total-hand skin grafts. Alyssa said it was difficult growing up because kids would question or taunt her for the way her hands looked. She would always try to hide them in sweaters. She never wore nail polish, and she never wore rings. When a firefighter who lived in her neighborhood approached her parents about the Northwest’s Camp Eyabsut in North Bend, Wash., her father Si Smith didn’t think she needed to go.
“To begin with, she was relatively confident, even before she was 7,” Si said. “I didn’t see her as a victim; I saw a beautiful, strong little girl. I guess I didn’t want her to go away from me for a week.” Continue reading