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Published February 06, 2012, 06:48 PM

Bison Women's Basketball team struggling to find their rhythm

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It was thought by many that of all the teams that would have success when NDSU transitioned to Division One, women's basketball would be at the top of that list. Instead, the hoops team has struggled with some lopsided losses, leaving fans with some long faces.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

It was thought by many that of all the teams that would have success when NDSU transitioned to Division One, women's basketball would be at the top of that list. Instead, the hoops team has struggled with some lopsided losses, leaving fans with some long faces.

Lynn Dorn – NDSU Women’s Athletic Director: “Frustration is a word both Coach DeHoff and players share. We certainly have had ups and downs, both in terms of positive and in terms of saying, ‘Gosh, that's not at level we expected it.’ I'm really committed to young women and the staff.

Carolyn DeHoff is in the midst of her fourth season at NDSU, and has seen her win total decrease since she took over. After posting back to back 16 win seasons, the Bison are now staring at back to back losing seasons for the first time since 1980 - Amy Ruley's first year at NDSU. Dorn understands the fan's concerns.

Lynn Dorn: “I know there is a frustration and we certainly appreciate that and we respect that. We value the fact that the fans care and it’s important to us that they do and so we're working towards that end. You turn that by winning. We know that, we know that at North Dakota State that the fans have an expectation and they deserve that. Two years ago our football team was 3-8. Today we’re celebrating them as national champions. So the optimism is that there is a high level of commitment.”

NDSU sits 8th in the Summit League standings entering tonight's game with Southern Utah. They would make the conference tourney if the season ended tonight, but I asked Dorn if things go south from here out if she could envision any changes after the season.

Lynn Dorn: “I think it's premature right now. We're in the middle of the pack, I’m not panicking. There’s not an over-reaction on my part at all, and yet I will do everything I could with resources or with other venues or opportunites to give her in terms of being successful at North Dakota State.”

DeHoff has one year remaining on her five year contract. Women's basketball, along with baseball, and men's golf are the squads that have not qualified for the NCAA tournament.

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