Hot Mic with Dom Izzo: Minnesota is the 'state of women's basketball'; not hockey

It's time to recognize the women's basketball talent in the state

Dom Izzo Hot Mic

With apologies to my hockey friends in Minnesota, the unofficial moniker of the state is wrong.

It's not the state of hockey. It's the state of basketball. Specifically, it's the state of women's basketball.

This isn't breaking news to basketball fans. But the rest of the country is starting to wake up.


The best player in Division 1 women's basketball right now is a freshman from Hopkins, Paige Bueckers. She just did something no one has ever done at UConn, score 30 points in three straight games.

Park Center's Adalia McKenzie, who's coached by former West Fargo head coach Barb Metcalf is heading to Illinois.

Stay in the Big 10 for more Minnesota talent. Nebraska junior and Moorhead native Sam Haiby is dominating. Roseau's Katie Borowicz should still be in high school, now she's playing for Lindsay Whalen and the Gophers.

There's more in the pipeline. Fergus Falls junior Ellie Colbeck has committed to play at South Dakota State, Henning's Ellie Dague is coming to NDSU.


It's time to wake up Minnesota. A little re-branding could go a long ways to letting everyone else know what we do. There are ballers in the land of 10,000 lakes.

Fergus Falls juniors Ellie Colbeck, left, and Tori Ratz move down the court during Tuesday's Central Lakes Conference game against Willmar at Willmar Senior High School. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

Dom Izzo is the Sports Director at WDAY-TV. He began working for WDAY in 2006 as the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to Sports Director in 2010.
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