Celebration For Pioneer Women’s Basketball On March 14

Northland Community & Technical College will hold a celebration event March 14 (tonight) at 6pm in the NCTC Thief River Falls campus commons to recognize the outstanding women’s basketball season that ended with a second place finish at the national tournament.

At the NJCAA national tournament held March 10-12 in Lincroft, NJ the Pioneers, led by Coach Shannon Nelson, opened the national tournament with a 57-49 win over Sullivan County (NY) to advance to the semi-finals. Round two found the Northland squad paired off with Mohawk Valley (NY). The Pioneers downed Mohawk Valley 71-65. Number one ranked Roxbury (MA) would be the Northland opponent in the championship game as the number one and two seeds faced off. Roxbury downed Northland 61-57 to claim the 2016 title. The team went into the tournament with a 26-2 overall record and a 14-0 conference record. The Pioneer women were recognized with the Sportsmanship Award at the tournament.

We encourage the community to come and recognize the significant achievements the team made this season. Regional coach of the year, Shannon Nelson and players on the team will speak on the teams season and experience of playing at the national level. Light refreshments will be served.

Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, MN, and East Grand Forks, MN. NCTC also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, MN, and a satellite site in Roseau, MN. NCTC offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.) in more than 80 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. NCTC is a member of Minnesota State, the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit or call 1.800.959.6282.