North Dakota women win Great West tourney

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Backup center Emily Evers scored 16 points Saturday night and North Dakota beat Utah Valley 69-56 to win the Great West conference tournament championship.

North Dakota (21-10) was appearing in its third straight Great West tournament final -- it lost the previous two -- but this time was able to cut down the nets. Allyssa Wall added 14 points and nine rebounds for the winners.

The league's regular season champion, North Dakota won its 12th straight game and beat Utah Valley for the second time in a week, having also defeated the Wolverines in the March 3 regular-season finale. North Dakota's last loss came on Jan. 21 -- to Utah Valley.

Like its men's team that won its tournament hours earlier, North Dakota is leaving the Great West on a strong note before hopping to the Big Sky next year.

Utah Valley (15-15) got 12 points from Jenna Johnson.