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Jeff Kolpack, Published October 15 2010

Bison basketball: ‘Late Show’ to be hoops primer tonight

It’s the annual “Late Show” for the North Dakota State men’s and women’s basketball teams, which usually signifies the first day of practice. For the Bison women, it’s a chance to show their progress after one week.

Because of a change in NCAA rules for women, teams are allowed to start practice 40 days from their first game. They can have 30 days of that time frame to practice.

So, tonight’s 7 p.m. show at the Bison Sports Arena is the start for the men, a refresher for the women.

“It’s been great,” said head coach Carolyn DeHoff. “The kids were excited to start earlier and it gives them weekends off.”

Said head men’s coach Saul Phillips: “They’re taking weekends off, which, how great is that? I haven’t heard one bad thing about the rule from any women’s player or coach.”

Phillips would like to see the NCAA approve the same schedule for the men. He said it’s better for the players in terms of time commitment and body fatigue.

The first four real practices are Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with three-hour practices the first week and a half.

Seniors Michael Tveidt and Freddy Coleman return as the leaders.

“As far as statistically and in the locker room, Freddy and Tveidt are as good of seniors as you’re going to get,” Phillips said.

Six other players with experience, led by forward Eric Carlson, are back. The Bison women aren’t nearly as deep, at least right now.

Eight players led by junior guard Katie Birkel will scrimmage the program’s “Gray” practice squad. Sophomore guard Danielle DeGagne is out a few days with a hip flexor, freshman guard Kelsey Peltier is coming back from an ailment, freshman forward Lauren Dudenhoeffer will redshirt and sophomore guard Hannah Linz is finishing radiation treatments for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“She’s doing great,” DeHoff said. “Physically, he legs get wobbly when she goes too long but her strength looks good, better than it was.”

Roysland leaving for UM

Bison women’s assistant coach Kelly Roysland is leaving for a similar position at her alma mater University of Minnesota.

NDSU head coach Carolyn DeHoff announced that Roysland is leaving the program after two years with the Bison.

Roysland is a former Gopher basketball standout guard who played in 130 games. She is originally from Fosston, Minn.

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be heard on the Saturday Morning Sports Show, 9-11 a.m. on WDAY-AM (970). He can be reached at (701) 241-5546. Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia