Game notes: UND aims for revenge at Sacramento St.
Courtesy: Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
DATE: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 | 9:00 p.m. CT
SITE: Sacramento, Calif. | Hornet’s Nest
RADIO: KSNR 100.3 FM
WEB AUDIO: UNDSports.com
WEB VIDEO: BigSkyTV.org
LIVE STATS: hornetsports.com
DATE: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 | 3:30 p.m. CT
SITE: Flagstaff, Ariz. | Rolle Activity Center
RADIO: KSNR 100.3 FM
WEB AUDIO: UNDSports.com
WEB VIDEO: BigSkyTV.org
TV: Fox College Sports
LIVE STATS: NAUathletics.om
North Dakota, who was split in each of the last three weekend series, will head to Sacramento State and Northern Arizona on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. UND remains a half-game out of a playoff spot in the Big Sky standings and can make up ground in the coming weeks playing three of the teams in the mix over the final six regular season games.
North Dakota split a home series with the Montana schools at the Betty. Thanks to a strong second half, UND dispatched Montana State, 62-55 on Thursday. Madi Buck scored 16 of her game-high 19 points in the win. Saturday, league-leading Montana took a 61-42 win to remain atop the Big Sky Conference standings.
SCOUTING THE HORNETS
Sacramento State has the top scoring offense in the Big Sky, averaging 72.6 points per contest heading into this week ... The Hornets also top the conference in blocked shots (6.5 per contest), assist (16.8 apg) and steals (12.0 spg) ... Three Hornets average double figures in scoring with Fantasia Hilliard (12.5 ppg), Alle Moreno (12.3 ppg) and Kylie Kuhns (11.7 ppg) slotted 11th through 13th in the conference in scoring, respectively ... Kuhns is the top rebounder in the league, haulgin down 10.6 per contest ... Hilliard has the most assistss in the Big Sky (6.5 apg) and Megan Kritscher is second in the NCAA in blocked shots (4.1 per game) to top the conference.
SERIES HISTORY... SACRAMENTO STATE
Sac State has a 1-0 lead in the all-time series thanks to a 79-77 win in Grand Forks on Jan. 24 this year.
EARLIER THIS YEAR WITH THE HORNETS
Sacramento State escaped with a 79-77 win at the Betty three weeks ago. UND rallied from an 11-point deficit to tie the score 68-all with five minutes to go but the Hornets held UND at bay. Sophomore Emily Evers scored 18 points in the loss for North Dakota.
SCOUTING THE LUMBERJACKS
Northern Arizona sits a half-game in front of UND heading into this week, tied with Southern Utah for the seventh and final playoff position in the Big Sky race ... Four teams are battling for that seven spot with NAU, SUU, UND and Portland State all have five conference wins ... NAU has the top field goal percentage in the conference witha .413 mark ... Amy Patton-- the school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder-- paces the conference with her 18.8 points per game.
SERIES HISTORY... NORTHERN ARIZONA
UND now boasts a 3-0 all-time series lead after its 70-50 win on Jan. 26 this year. North Dakota is 1-0 in Flagstaff.
EARLIER THIS YEAR WITH THE LUMBERJACKS
North Dakota used a 21-2 first-half run to grab a decisive 70-50 win at the Betty Jan. 26. UND held a 41-17 lead at the break, its largest halftime lead and the fewest points allowed in any half this season. Madi Buck registered a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds while Nicole Smart and Megan Lauck each chipped-in 11 points in the win.
GET THAT OUTTA HERE!
Sophomore Emily Evers rejected four shots in the first half alone and finished with a career-best five blocks in the win over Montana State last week. For the season, Evers has 43 rejections to give her 79 for her short collegiate career. Her 2.0 average is good for second in the Big Sky. She’s just 18 blocks away from entering the top 10 on UND’s season blocked shots record and 45 from qualifying for the top 10 in a career.
TIME TO MAKE A MOVE
North Dakota is battling for a Big Sky Conference tournament seed with the top seven advancing to the postseason tournament, hosted by the regular season champion. As of Thursday, UND sits just a half-game back of the seventh position in the standings with four teams all within a half-game of each other. North Dakota will play three of those teams in the final six games and have three of its final four games overall at home.
UND has had ten different players in its starting five at some point this season. Only junior Allyssa Wall and freshman Josie Dillon have not made a start this season for UND. Senior Nicole Smart and junior Madi Buck are the only two players to start every contest this season.
Limiting turnovers has been the key thus far for success as UND is 5-0 when it turns the ball over 15 times or less this season. Additionally, North Dakota has won its last five games in which it its opponent has equal or more turnovers this season.
WON’T BACK DOWN
Through its first 12 games, UND played a pair of teams that made the NCAA Tournament and six more that advanced to the WNIT last year.
NCAA- Iowa State, Idaho State; WNIT- Harvard, Duquesne, South Florida, Drake, Northern Colorado, Utah.
A BIT ABOUT LAST SEASON (21-11)
The University of North Dakota women’s basketball team picked up the Great West Conference regular-season and postseason tournament titles, winning nine straight games to finish 9-1 in league play ... Center Allyssa Wall (North Sioux City, S.D.) was named to the GWC All-Tournament team and was voted the tournament’s most valuable player ... Also named to the all-tournament team was center Emily Evers (Grand Forks, N.D.), who averaged a team-high 13.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, and shot 74.4 percent from the field ... UND advanced to its first-ever NCAA Division I postseason play, heading to Seattle University for the first round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI).
The University of North Dakota women’s basketball program holds an 814-322 (.717) record all-time since the first game was played in 1974.
The season-opening loss to Harvard pushed UND’s record in season openers to 29-8 all-time. North Dakota is now 19-5 in season openers at home, including losses each of the past two seasons.
The home opener is the start of a very challenging part of UND’s schedule. Each of the first four opponents qualified for a postseason tournament a season ago. In addition, only one of those games is at home for UND (vs. Harvard). Iowa State went to the NCAA Tournament while Harvard, Duquesne and South Florida all competed in the WNIT.
PROTECT AND SERVE
All-time, North Dakota is 443-91 (.831) 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.
YOU BETTY, YOU BETTY, YOU BET!
North Dakota is 110-21 (.840) all-time at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, which opened prior to the 2004-05 season.
Season records at ‘The Betty’
2004-05 -------------------- 13-2
2005-06 -------------------- 19-1
2006-07 -------------------- 17-2
2007-08 -------------------- 14-1
2008-09 -------------------- 13-0
2009-10 -------------------- 8-4
2010-11 -------------------- 9-5
2011-12 -------------------- 10-3
2012-13 -------------------- 7-4
UND FIFTH, SIXTH IN BIG SKY POLLS
UND was picked to finish fifth by the media and sixth by the coaches in the 2012-13 Big Sky Conference preseason polls. After three seasons in the Great West Conference following its move to NCAA Division I, UND enters its first season in the league.
The top four spots were identical in both polls with Idaho State, the defending Big Sky regular season and tournament champion, grabbing the top position. Northern Colorado was the runner-up with Montana and Montana State slotted third and fourth, respectively, in both polls.
This year’s slate includes 16 total home games (two exhibitions),10 games against postseason teams (NCAA- Idaho State (2), Iowa State; WNIT- No. Colorado (2), Drake, Duquesne, Harvard, South Florida, Utah), a re-kindling of the North Dakota State rivalry and the inaugural season of the Big Sky Conference. UND will play each Big Sky foe twice in home-and-home contests to make up 20 of North Dakota’s games this season.
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