The NAIA Women's Basketball Tournament is scheduled to move to Montana for the 2017-2018 seasons.
After the University of Great Falls women's basketball team heard the news they were overjoyed because the move gives the team somewhat of an advantage. One advantage includes shorter travel times, which could mean more rest and better results for squads like UGF who finished in the Elite 8 the past two years. Teams like MSU-Northern and Carroll College could also benefit. But the biggest impact could be the feeling of a home court advantage, which fired up the Lady Argos.
"It's really exciting. The team is really stoked about it," said Lady Argos player Stephanie McDonagh. "It's given us extra motivation to make it there again."
Head coach Bill Himmelberg added "Montana is a big basketball community in general. It's going to support the tournament really well. There will be big crowds, the hospitality will be great, [and] we're really excited to host the NAIA and show what Montana has."
The Lady Argos quest to make it back to the NAIA tournament begins October 21 when the team begins its season.