Ferris named Big Sky MVP


BOZEMAN, Mont. - The Montana State women's basketball team won its second straight Big Sky Conference regular season championship, and is the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.

Two Bobcat players have earned recognition from the Big Sky, with one taking home the league's top honor.

Forward Peyton Ferris has been named the Big Sky Most Valuable Player and a unanimous First Team All-Conference selection after a stellar senior season.

The Twin Bridges native led the league in scoring at 17.9 points per game while shooting 50.4 percent from the field, the 5th-best percentage in the Big Sky.

Ferris had eight games of 20-plus points and two 30-plus point games.

She also averaged 7.9 rebounds per contest and recorded four double-doubles this season.

Ferris joined Montana State's 1,000 point club with a season-high 32 points on the road at North Dakota, and ranks 14th on the all-time scoring list behind Tennyson Ballek, who is just 17 points ahead.

She also became just the 12th member of the school's 1,000 point-500 rebound club, ranking 16th in school history with 562 rebounds.

Ferris was the Preseason Big Sky MVP after winning the conference Top Reserve of the Year award twice in a row.

In addition, fellow senior Riley Nordgaard was named to the Big Sky All-Conference Second Team.

The forward from Canby, Minnesota, averaged 13.9 points per game, which ranked 2nd on the Bobcats and 14th in the league.

Nordgaard led the team with 7.8 rebounds per contest, which also put her 4th in the conference.

She also led Montana State with 2.0 steals per game, and had the second-most three-point field goals on the team with 2.2 per contest.

Nordgaard also ranked highly in the Big Sky in both categories, finishing 6th in steals and 7th in three-pointers.

Nordgaard was last year's conference Newcomer of the Year after transferring from Division II Augustana College.