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Lady Bison basketball team wins national championship

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The Salish Kootenai College Lady Bison won the 36th annual AIHEC Tribal College National Basketball Championship on Sunday when they beat Stone Child College, 82-70.

Shanelle Skunkcap was named the Division I Tournament MVP. Braylee Stone, Whitney Malatare, and Kaylea Skunkcap earned all-tourney honors. 

Coach Juan Perez said the team won two of three games in pool play to enter the tournament in the No. 2 seed. “We were placed in a single elimination bracket and played the No. 1 seed … Turtle Mountain. We won the game by 1 point. I don’t recall the score,” he said. Perez humbly received the women’s Division I coach’s award.

“They didn’t really say what this was for,” Perez said. “I assume I did a decent job during the tournament — showed sportsmanship, I guess.”

The tournament, hosted by Oglala Lakota College in Rapid City, South Dakota, is part of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, a community of the nation’s 37 tribal colleges and universities.

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