Mandelko was limited by fouls in the T-Birds’ opening round matchup against Sacramento State, but still managed to score 20 points in the second half to help SUU earn its first conference tournament win since 1999. She then came back to score a career-high 34 against Montana. The Lexington, Neb. native shot 9-18 from the 3-point line between the two games and finished 15-30 overall. Mandelko was recognized as a member of the all-conference team last week following an outstanding regular season.
North Dakota forward Mia Loyd was selected as the event’s Most Valuable Player while her teammate Madi Buck, the Grizzlies Torry Hill and Kellie Cole and Lyndsey Reed of Idaho State were selected to the all-tournament team.
UND captured its first Big Sky Championship with a 72-55 decision over Montana, which means that Southern Utah is headed to the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. The field will be announced Monday night following the release of the NCAA bracket. Further information will be available online at www.suutbirds.com.