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Otters’ Strand commits to UND

Published 9:32am Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Updated 4:03pm Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Entering her senior season, Bailey Strand will have one less thing to worry about as the Fergus Falls Otters look to make its third straight appearance in the girl’s state basketball tournament.

On Tuesday, Strand gave a verbal commitment to play for Head Coach Travis Brewster and the University of North Dakota Women’s Basketball team.

Both father and daughter spoke about the decision describing it as a “great fit.”

“It was a really good fit for me,” Bailey said. “The school has a great program.”

“She put a lot of thought into the decision,” Brad said. “We just loved the school and the facilities.”

Strand joins a team that finished 11-18 overall and 6-14 in the Big Sky Conference and looks to improve its outside shooting as it made 27 percent of its shots from beyond the arc. Last season, Strand broke the Fergus Falls single season scoring record with 588 points and went over 1,000 career points as the Otters won its second straight Section 8AAA title.

“I just wanted to get the commitment done with and focus on the upcoming season,” Bailey said of her decision to commit early. “There was some other schools out there, but UND was the best choice for me.”

Brad, also the head coach of the Fergus Falls girls basketball team, was impressed with the respect that coach Brewster had from his players.

“He seemed very well-liked by all his players. He was very personable and genuinely interested in Bailey. He also took the time to watch at least three of our games last season,” Brad added.

Strand, who has yet to decide on a major, is busy preparing for the upcoming season with morning shoot-arounds and plays in a summer basketball league.

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