DATE: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 | 8:00 p.m. CT
SITE: Cheney, Wash. | Reese Court
RADIO: KSNR 100.3 FM (Mitch Wigness)
WEB AUDIO: UNDSports.com
WEB VIDEO: BigSkyTV.org
LIVE STATS: GoEags.com
DATE: Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 | 4:00 p.m. CT
SITE: Portland, Ore. | Peter W. Stott Center
RADIO: KSNR 100.3 FM (Mitch Wigness)
WEB AUDIO: UNDSports.com
WEB VIDEO: BigSkyTV.org
LIVE STATS: GoViks.com
North Dakota continues its four-game road swing this week when it heads to Eastern Washington Thursday and Portland State Saturday. UND is right in the thick of a muddied Big Sky Conference standings that has eight teams within a game and a half of third place.
SERIES HISTORY... EASTERN WASHINGTON
Thursday's game will be the first meeting between the schools.
SERIES HISTORY... PORTLAND STATE
UND leads the all-time series, 2-1 ... All three games were played in the early to mid 1990s ... North Dakota won the first game, 78-46 (12/30/92) at Hyslop Sports Center and also owns the last win in the series, (12/19/95-- 74-65 neutral site) ... PSU's lone win came in Portland on 12/3/95 (83-75).
SCOUTING THE EAGLES (7-8, 3-3 Big Sky)
EWU features the top three-point shooting team in the conference, hitting 34.3 percent of its shots from deep ... Lexie Nelson is the third-leading scorer in the Big Sky with a 14.6 points per game average ... Carrie Ojeda adds 9.4 points and a team-best 7.4 rebounds per contest ... Eastern began the conference season 3-0 but has dropped each of its last three games, all by double digits.
SCOUTING THE VIKINGS
PSU is also one of the better perimeter shooting teams in terms of percentage (.310-- fourth in Big Sky), but locks down opponents from the three-point line, allowing just 25.4 percent shooting from distance ... Courtney VanBrocklin is the league's second-leading scorer with a 16.1 points per game average ... Angela Misa is also in the top 20 in the league with her 10.7 ppg average ... Misa's 10.9 rebounds per contest rank second in the conference ... PSU snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday with a 60-59 road win at Northern Arizona ... VanBrocklin poured in 20 in the win while Misa had 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Vikings.
OH ME, OH MIA
Freshman Mia Loyd has taken advantage of more minutes recently and has played well over the past three games. Loyd averaged 2.2 points and 2.3 rebounds per contest through the first 12 games, but has posted averages of 10.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game over the past three contests. Included in that stretch is a career-high 15-point performance against Weber State and an 11-rebound game at Montana State, also a personal best.
ALL OVER THE MAP
North Dakota will be playing in its ninth different state this weekend following Saturday's game in Oregon. UND has already played road games in North Dakota, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Florida, Colorado, Utah and Montana. UND will add three more states to its log this season when it heads to Idaho (Idaho State), California (Sacramento State) and Arizona (Northern Arizona).
BIG SKY: BIG ON BLOCKS
Four Big Sky Conference teams are in the top 50 in all of NCAA Division I in blocked shots in the latest national rankings. Sacramento State turns aside 6.6 shots per game, second-most in the country. Montana moved into the top 10 with its 5.9 bpg average while North Dakota ranks 49th (4.6) and Idaho State 50th (4.6) through games of January 13, 2013.
LAST TIME OUT
Montana got out to an 11-1 start and never looked back in a 77-45 win over North Dakota Thursday at Dahlberg Arena. Cy’erra Mills had 10 points to lead UND while Mia Loyd added nine for the visitors. North Dakota mustered just four field goals makes in a 14-point first half. On Saturday, Montana State used a 9-0 run in the first half to wrestle away control in a 64-49 win. Loyd had a career-best 11 rebounds for North Dakota.
CY'ERRA MISSED... NOT ANYMORE
Cy'erra Mills has sharpened her free throw percentage over the past five games. Through 10 games, Mills was 9-of-20 from the charity stripe. Sparked by a 6-for-6 effort in the final minute of the win at Utah, Mills has gone 18-of-21 since Dec. 29. She's attempting more, too, with four games with at least five attempts since Dec. 15 (0 prior to that).
Cy’erra Mills’ team-leading 10-point effort in the loss at Montana gave UND its seventh player to lead the team in scoring in a game already this season. Madi Buck (4) and Emily Evers (4) lead the pack, followed by Megan Lauck (3), Nicole Smart (2), Mia Loyd (1), Cy;erra Mills (1) and Katie Houdek (1).
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.
BUCK STARTS HERE
Junior forward Madi Buck was recognized as the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week Jan. 2 for her performance in UND’s 62-56 upset win at Utah Dec. 29. The Bismarck, N.D. native scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed six rebounds to go along with a career-high five blocked shots in the win. She became the second North Dakota player to earn the award after Emily Evers grabbed honors earlier in the season.
“CENTER” OF ATTENTION
Sophomore center Emily Evers was named co-Big Sky Conference Player of the Week Dec. 10. Evers broke out in the win over Air Force last Tuesday by establishing new career bests with 17 points and 15 rebounds in the blowout victory over the Falcons. She also added two assists and a pair of blocks in just 14 minutes of action. She followed that performance with another 17-point effort in Saturday’s overtime win against Drake. She notched yet another double-double-- her third of her career-- with 10 rebounds as well. Evers chipped-in four blocks and two steals and sealed the win in the final second of overtime with a free throw make.
UND’s OVERTIME OVER TIME
Before its Dec. 8 win over Drake, North Dakota had not played in an overtime contest since a 81-79 win at South Dakota back on Jan. 13, 2007. With the win over the Bulldogs, UND extended its overtime winning streak to three straight with its last loss in an overtime game a Mar. 15, 2004 defeat in the NCAA Division II North Central Regional Final against South Dakota State (72-70). All time, UND is now 14-9 in games decided in extra frames, including a perfect 3-0 mark when it goes beyond one extra period.
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 811-317 (.720) 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.
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.
BIG SKY TV
Catch all home games and all conference road games live for FREE on the internet, thanks to Big Sky TV. The free video webstream is available by logging onto bigskyconf.com and clicking on the Big Sky TV button.
FOLLOW UND ON IHEART RADIO
Take North Dakota women’s basketball with you wherever you go with KSNR 100.3 FM (CatCountry) on the iheartradio app. Download it to your computer or your smart phone.
CATCH THE LIVE ACTION
Select North Dakota women’s basketball games — home and away — can be heard live on CatCountry 100.3 FM with Mitch Wigness handling the play-by-play ... The radio broadcast can also be accessed via a live audiocast on UNDSports.com (Check the website for schedule changes and updates) ... Links for live stats, a live radio audiocast, live chat, and streaming video can be found on the official site of North Dakota athletics, UNDSports.com.
UND GONE MOBILE
The University of North Dakota athletics department and leading technology service provider NeuLion, Inc. (TSX: NLN) have launched UND’s official athletics mobile website, UNDSports.com. The new UND athletics destination offers a mobile device-enabled version of the site, amplifying the user experience on the go. The mobile website will deliver a condensed version of the official athletics site to provide latest news and quick updates to handheld devices. North Dakota’s official athletics website is available on all web-enabled devices by opening a browser and entering the UNDSports.com URL. Users can get the latest news, scores, upcoming schedule, photo galleries and more.
UND ON THE INTERNET
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