UND women's basketball garners six WBCA Superlative awards


The Womens Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has announced that the University of North Dakota womens basketball team is the recipient of a Division II-leading six 2008 Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Superlatives. UND's six awards are tied with the University of Tennessee for the most of any program in the country, Division I or II.

UND was lauded for having the Best Tradition, Best Community Support and Best Pep Band and was also recognized as the Most Fun to Watch (coach or school). Additionally, head coach Gene Roebuck was cited as the Most Competitive Coach in Division II women's basketball. The Sioux have won three NCAA Division II women's basketball championships (1999, 1998 and 1997), 11 North Central Conference regular season championships and the last seven NCC playoff tournaments. UND has also qualified for 21 NCAA postseason tournaments, including the last 18 in a row.

In 2006-07, UND led Division II women's basketball in total attendance (38,912) and averaged an NCC-leading 2,048 fans per game. UND captured 2007 WBCA Superlatives for Best Fans and Best Facility.

The Pride of the North Basketball Band, under the direction of Robert Brooks, is UND's largest University-supported group and has created a tradition of excellence that dates back to the late 19th century. Last season the Pride of the North accompanied the Fighting Sioux to the Division II Elite Eight in Kearney, Neb.

Roebuck, in his 21st season as Sioux head coach, owns the highest career winning percentage (.859) in NCAA Division II women's basketball history. A 10-time NCC Coach of the Year, Roebuck has guided the Sioux to all three of their national titles, 19 NCAA postseason appearances and 18 consecutive 20-win seasons. Roebuck is 547-90 in his 21-plus seasons at UND and has coached 17 All-Americans, four WBCA Players of the Year and seven NCC Most Valuable Players.