|Montana State *|
*North Dakota is 5-0 at home this season.
*UND’s average win margin is 20.0 points in its five home wins.
*UND has an 11-game home winning streak.
*UND has 498 wins at home all-time.
*Lexi Klabo has 6 games of 20+ pts this season.
*Fallyn Freije has three 20+ pt games, including two straight.
*Klabo is among the league leaders in scoring (18.8 - 5th), rebounding (9.8 - 1st), blocks (2.9 - 1st), field goal percentage (.469 - 3rd), free throw percentage (.826 - 5th) and double-doubles (7).
*Klabo leads UND with seven double-doubles this year (Fallyn Freije - 5).
*UND notched its 900th win in its program’s history with the Dec. 18 win over SMSU.
*UND has won four straight over Montana.
North Dakota looks to shake off an 0-2 start to conference play, hosting Montana and Montana State this week.
North Dakota dropped a couple of close road tilts at Idaho and Eastern Washington. On Thursday, Idaho prevailed, 80-75 despite 24 points from Fallyn Freije. Saturday, EWU rallied back from down 11 in the fourth quarter to usurp Freije’s 22-point effort.
Lexi Klabo currently leads all of NCAA in free throws made (90) this season. She’s shooting at a career-best clip as well, knocking down 82.6 of her charity stripe tosses.
EIGHT IS ENOUGH
North Dakota recorded just eight turnovers as a team in the 79-68 win over North Dakota State Dec. 9. That total is tied for the fewest in head coach Travis Brewster’s tenure at UND. North Dakota would duplicate the feat a few weeks later with just eight miscues at Idaho (Dec. 28).
The win over Southwest Minnesota State pushed UND’s home winning streak to 11 consecutive. UND ran off the final six home games last season and has added wins over UMass, Northern Iowa, NDSU, Mayville State and SMSU this year.
North Dakota is 5-0 at home this season with an average winning margin of 20.0 points per game. All but one of UND’s wins have been by double figures (80-72 vs UNI- Dec. 2).
ALL-TIME VS. MONTANA
North Dakota leads the all-time series with eight wins in the 15 meetings. UND has won the last four meetings and six of the last seven and is 5-1 all-time at the Betty against the Lady Griz.
Series with Montana
UND leads 8-7
Home: 5-1, Away: 1-5, Neutral 2-1
12/29/77 L 48-64 (N)
12/8/84 W 49-46 (N)
12/29/10 L 59-69 (A)
12/30/11 L 39-60 (A)
1/10/13 L 45-77 (A)
2/9/13 L 42-61 (H)
1/16/14 W 62-57 (H)
2/15/14 L 49-52 (A)
3/15/14 W 72-55 (H)
1/3/15 W 59-52 (H)
2/12/15 L 51-66 (A)
1/16/16 W 61-59 (A)
3/2/16 W 73-61 (H)
3/9/16 W 65-62 (N)
1/14/17 W 73-63 (H)
ALL-TIME VS. MONTANA STATE
Montana State owns the advantage in the all-time series between the schools. MSU won an overtime game at the Betty last season, UND’s lone home Big Sky loss all of 2016-17.
Series with Montana State
UND trails 5-9
Home: 4-3, Away: 0-6, Neutral 1-0
12/18/76 W 80-47 (N)
12/28/07 W 88-74 (H)
11/16/08 L 78-85 (A)
12/4/11 L 63-67 (H)
12/22/11 L 54-70 (A)
1/12/13 L 49-64 (A)
2/7/13 W 62-55 (H)
1/18/14 L 65-76 (H)
2/13/14 L 67-78 (A)
1/1/15 W 82-74 (H)
2/14/15 L 62-80 (A)
1/14/16 L 61-69 (A)
3/4/16 W 77-76 (H)
1/12/17 L (ot) 71-74 (H)
North Dakota has now won eight straight over North Dakota State, including all six in the Division I series. The teams will next meet in the regular season next season in The Summit League.
North Dakota (as of Jan. 2), despite three straight losses, is 148th in the RPI rankings after a tough non-conference schedule and an 0-2 road start to league play. UND finished 129 in the final Ratings Percentage Index last year. A look at where UND has finished in each year eligible in its Division I era:
uniors Fallyn Freije and Lexi Klabo each recorded double-doubles in the 79-68 win over North Dakota State Dec. 9. The pair also each went over 20+ points with Klabo scoring 23 and Freije etching a new career best with 26 in the win.
THAT’S PRETTY, PRETTY GOOD
Baylor’s Dec. 5th was pretty run of the mill. In fact, the Lady Bears extended their streak of wins over unranked non-conference teams at home to 182 straight. That stretch dates all the way back to 2003.
ONLY GAVE UP TWO TOUCHDOWNS
UND squandered just 14 first-half points to UTSA in the Nov. 25 win. That total was the fewest allowed in a half for North Dakota since an 88-40 win over Dickinson State on Dec. 2, 2014 that saw just 13 second-half points for DSU.
North Dakota held UTSA scoreless for a whopping 10:42 in the Nov. 25 win. The Roadrunners scored with just under seven minutes to go to make it 19-14, didn’t see the scoreboard move until near four minutes were gone in the third quarter and the Hawks had piled up a 36-14 lead.
The Fighting Hawks trailed by 15 with 8:15 left in the third quarter vs. Lamar on Nov. 24 but rallied to win, 73-70. UND was down 13 at the break with 21 turnovers but managed to right the ship and out-score the Cardinals, 23-11 in the third quarter on the way to the win.
PICKIN’ ON THE PANTHERS
Lexi Klabo scored a career-high 29 points in the win over Northern Iowa Dec. 2. She added 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots in the win for her ninth career double-double.
HONORS ROLL IN
Klabo was named the Big Sky Conference’s Player of the Week for her performances in week two of the season. She was also the CollegeSportsMadness.com league player of the week honoree after a pair of double-doubles. She averaged 22.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.5 blocks in games at South Dakota State and against UMass.
REJECTION IS ROUGH
Klabo blocked a career-high eight shots in the win over UMass Nov. 19. That total was the highest single-game total since Jenny Crouse blocked eight shots at North Dakota State Jan. 30, 1999. Crouse is the school’s leading scorer, rebounder and shot blocker all-time, leading UND to three NCAA Division II championships (1997-99).
REMEMBER THE SABBATH
UND’s 82-52 win over UMass was its first on a Sunday in over four years (Nov. 17, 2013 vs. South Dakota). North Dakota had dropped eight straight Sunday tilts until the Nov. 19 win.
The Nov. 19 win over UMass was the first over an Atlantic-10 team for head coach Travis Brewster. The 30-point blowout gave UND its first win over an A-10 team since the 2011-12 season. North Dakota has played just three games against the A-10 since making the Division I transition in 2008-09.
KLABO PRESEASON ALL-BIG SKY, UND PICKED SECOND
Junior forward Lexi Klabo was named to the Big Sky Conference Preseason Team while her team was picked second by both the media and the coaches in the preseason polls. North Dakota has now been picked in the top two by the coaches in each of the last five preseason prognostications.
UND in the Big Sky preseason coach’s poll
Year Pick Finish
2012-13 6th T9th
2013-14 8th T1st
2014-15 1st T5th
2015-16 2nd T2nd
2016-17 2nd T1st
2017-18 2nd --
TAKING ON ALL COMERS
Two different schools that finished in the top 10 of the Rating Percentage Index (RPI) last season appear on UND’s formidable non-conference slate. Oregon State (Nov. 10) was a 31-5 team that advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 while national power Baylor (Dec. 5), a seven-time defending Big 12 champion, highlight the non-league lineup.
Three future Summit League foes dot the schedule as South Dakota State (Nov. 15) and South Dakota (Dec. 21), both of whom were WNIT qualifiers in 2016-17, join North Dakota State (Dec. 9) in key regional matchups. All told, nearly half of North Dakota’s non-conference schedule is against teams that were in the top 100 (5 of 11). Add Montana State once the league schedule gets underway and UND will have seven total games against top 100 teams and a total of 12 games against teams that made the postseason a year ago.
*12 total games vs. postseason teams from last season (5 NCAA, 2 WNIT, 5 WBI)
*7 games against Top 100 RPI and two in the Top 10 (Oregon State- 6, Baylor- 7, South Dakota State- 45, Montana State (2)- 59, Northern Iowa- 60, South Dakota- 80).
*UND’s nine Division I non-conference opponents combined for a 185-105 (.638) record last season, averaging 21 wins each.
*UND is playing its sixth and final season in the Big Sky Conference before moving to The Summit League in 2018-19.
*North Dakota (4) is the only Big Sky team with an active postseason streak longer than 2.
*From 2013-17, UND had the most overall wins (78), Big Sky wins (52), league road wins (21) and tied for most regular season titles (2).
UND had 17 different 20-point performances last season, led by eight by senior Makailah Dyer. Fallyn Freije had back-to-back 20-point showings last week with 24 Thursday at Idaho and 22 Saturday at Eastern Washington as the team has combined for nine 20-point efforts already this season.
Lexi Klabo 10 6
Fallyn Freije 5 3
Jill Morton 1 0
CAN I GET A WIGNESS?
All UND games can be heard live on the UND sports Home of Economy Radio Network, the flagship for UND basketball. Mitch Wigness returns for his sixth season behind the mic providing the play-by-play. Follow UNDsports.com for affiliates and stations covering the postseason.
FIGHTING HAWKS ON TV
North Dakota will have at least nine games televised nationally, including seven home games. MidcoSN will produce five home games, highlighted by in-state rival North Dakota State on Saturday, Dec. 9. Alex Heinert returns as the play-by-play voice, while former UND women’s basketball player and assistant coach Val (Sannes) Sussex will serve as the analyst.
FSN’s two contests will be produced by UND Athletics staff, professional freelancers and UND students. UND Athletics’ Video Production Coordinator David Folske will produce the broadcasts and Assistant Media Relations Director Mitch Wigness will provide the play-by-play with Sussex handling analyst duties. All nine games will air nationally on FOX College Sports.
The University of North Dakota women’s basketball program holds a 900-383 (.703) record all-time since the first game was played in 1974. All-time, North Dakota is 498-105 (.826) when it comes to defending its own court. The team played at the UND Fieldhouse/Hyslop Sports Center before moving into its current home at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in 2004-05.
HOW TO FOLLOW?
You can follow UND women’s basketball on twitter @UNDWbasketball for in-game scores, notes and links to live stats and how to watch.
FIGHTING HAWKS ON MOBILE
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