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Samantha Roscoe averaged 19 points, five rebounds and three blocks per game in two road wins last week.
Notes: Last four Big Sky regular season champs at the Betty this week
Courtesy: Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
Release: 01/11/2017
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Montana State at North Dakota
DATE: Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 | 7:00 p.m. CT
SITE: Grand Forks, N.D. (Betty Engelstad Sioux Center)
TV: FOX Sports North, FCS Central (Mitch Wigness, Val Sussex)
RADIO: KKXL 1440-AM (Jack Michaels)
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Montana at North Dakota
DATE: Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 | 2:00 p.m. CT
SITE: Grand Forks, N.D. (Betty Engelstad Sioux Center)
TV: Midco SN, FCS Pacific (Alex Heinert, Val Sussex)
RADIO: KSNR 100.3 FM (Mitch Wigness)
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TWITTER: @UNDWBasketball

ON TAP
UND welcomes Montana State and Montana to the Betty on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. UND will look to remain perfect in Big Sky Conference play (4-0).

ON THE HORIZON
UND’s next road trip will be the Weber State (Jan. 19) and Idaho State (Jan. 21) swing then January wraps up with home tilts against last week’s opponents (Southern Utah- Jan. 26, Northern Arizona- Jan. 28).

WHAT’S GOOD?
*UND is one of just two undefeated teams through the first two weeks of Big Sky Conference play (Northern Colorado).
*North Dakota has won 16 of its last 17 Big Sky regular season games.
*North Dakota has an active eight-game winning streak in Big Sky Conference regular season games.
*UND is 10-3 in its last 13 road games overall.
*North Dakota is out to a 4-0 start in Big Sky play for the second time in its five years in the league (6-0 in 2013-14).
*Makailah Dyer has 16 career games with 20+ points, five this season (most in one year of her career).
*Dyer has cracked the top 20 list in scoring at UND (1,221) and needs just six points to pass former teammate Madi Buck for 19th all-time.
*Lexi Klabo is second in the Big Sky in field goal percentage (.577) this season.

BOBCAT BITS
*The teams have split the season series in three of the four seasons in Big Sky play.
*Home team has won seven of the eight meetings in league play.

LADY GRIZ BITES
*UND has won three straight in the all-time series vs. Montana (3-0 last season).
*North Dakota is 4-1 at home vs. UM all-time.
*UND is 6-4 against UM since joining the Big Sky and has held the Griz to under 60 points in five of those meetings.

CHAMPS ON CHAMPS ON CHAMPS
The last four Big Sky Conference regular season champions will be at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center this weekend as North Dakota (2014) hosts Montana State (last year) and Montana (2015, 2013).

SATURDAYS ARE FOR THE FIGHTING HAWKS
North Dakota is 4-0 this season in Saturday games. In Coach Brewster’s tenure, UND sports a 36-24 (.600) mark on Saturdays.

DECEMBER TO REMEMBER
UND pieced together its winningest December in its NCAA DIvision I era with a 6-2 mark. North Dakota’s six wins were two more than any other UND team could produce. Coach Travis Brewster has chalked up a 20-12 (.625) record in his five seasons at the helm.

GET OUTTA HERE
UND has threedifferent players adorning the top 15 in blocked shots in the Big Sky Conference, the most of any team in the league. North Dakota’s Sam Roscoe leads the group, appearing second in the latest rankings with 1.4 blocks/game (20), followed by Lexi Klabo at 1.2 (5th). Makailah Dyer (0.7; 11th) also appears in that top 15 group.

Montana State
UND trails 5-8
Home: 4-2, 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)

Montana
Series tied 7-7
Home: 4-1, 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)

WEST COAST COMEBACKS
UND won both of its non-conference games against West Coast Conference teams this season, needing comebacks to achieve each victory. North Dakota rallied back from an 11-point, third-quarter deficit in its most recent win at San Diego. On Dec. 6, UND came all the back from down 13 in the third quarter as well before a 71-63 win.

SAVE THE BEST FOR LAST
In UND’s Jan. 7 win at Southern Utah, the Fighting Hawks were able to rally back from down 16 by outscoring the Thunderbirds, 26-9, in the final quarter for a 68-63 win. Makailah Dyer had 17 of her game-high 20 in that final frame alone.

NINE DOWN, ONLY TWO TO GO
UND now owns wins in all but two Big Sky home venues. North Dakota’s Jan. 7 win at Southern Utah was its first in four tries. Montana State is 6-0 vs. UND (those teams will not play in Bozeman this season) and Idaho (0-2 all-time, 0-1 in league play) are the only other home league sites in which UND has not won.

NEW SCHOOL MARK FOR FREE THROWS
Senior Makailah Dyer connected on all 14 of her free throw attempts Dec. 18 at Northern Iowa to set a new school record for free throw makes without a miss in a single game. She broke Kristi Boese’s record (13-13) in the first game played in the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center (Nov. 15, 2004).

SIX PACKS OF BREW
Head coach Travis Brewster nabbed his sixth win against Portland State on Dec. 29, tied for the most against any one school.

Coach Brewster most wins vs. opponents
Portland State 6-2
Weber State 6-2
Idaho State 6-3
Montana 6-4
North Dakota St. 5-0
Northern Ariz. 5-2
Northern Colo. 5-3
Eastern Wash. 4-3

BOARD ROOM
North Dakota has only been beat on the glass just five times this season, with a 3-2 record in those games. UND is averaging a +5.0 rebounding margin through 15 games. In Coach Brewster’s 141-game tenure at UND, his team has only been out-rebounded 29 times.

FRANKLIN’S ON THE DIME?
Junior Chastity Franklin handed out 11 dimes in the Jan. 7 win at Southern Utah, tied for the most in the Big Sky Conference this season. It also marked the most assists in a game by a UND player since March 7, 2009 when Danye Guinn had 11 in a 97-68 win over Houston Baptist in North Dakota first season at the Division I level.

Boy, that escalated quickly
Sophomore Jill Morton scored a career-high 21 points in the Dec. 13 win over Mary. She did so with the help of a fourth-quarter burst that saw her score 11 points in a 90-second span. She tripled to make it 59-47, then hit another three in the left corner and followed that with a drive and finish with the free throw on a conventional three-point play. Her final bucket staked UND to a 68-51 lead, its largest of the evening.

DON’T ACT LIKE YOU’RE NOT IMPRESSED
UND piled up the career highs in the win over Mary on Dec. 13. The bench scored 56 points, most since Mar. 9, 2012 in a Great West Conference Tournament win over UT-Pan American (now UT-Rio Grande Valley). Some highlights of career highs set in that game:

Points
Morton- 21
Burroughs- 5

Rebounds
Morton- 7

Assists
Sawatzke- 6

Steals
Morton- 5
Franklin- 4 (tied)
Roscoe- 3 (tied)

DEEP THOUGHTS
North Dakota banged home 12 three-point shots in the win over Northern Arizona (Jan. 5), the most in a six-year span. The last time UND had a dozen threes was back on Jan. 29, 2011, a 50-point blowout of Houston Baptist. Current assistant coach Mallory Bernhard (Youngblut) had six of them in the win.

DOUBLING UP FROM DOWNTOWN
With the first 15 games as an indication, UND is making nearly double the amount of threes per game as last season. North Dakota shot just 11.3 per game last year, making 3.4 per game (.301). This season, the shots are up to 19.7 per contest and making 6.3 a game, a .322 clip.

TOP OF THE SUMMIT
North Dakota played four Summit League teams last season and boasts an 11-3 all-time mark against that conference in Division I play.

11/25/11 vs. Southern Utah* W, 62-61
11/30/12 at North Dakota St. W, 73-63
11/17/13 South Dakota W, 65-61
12/14/13 North Dakota St. W, 88-83
11/26/14 at Omaha W, 72-52
11/29/14 at Western Ill. W, 85-77
12/6/14 at North Dakota St. (ot) W, 90-87
12/21/14 at South Dakota L, 81-86
11/17/15 Omaha W, 67-52
12/8/15 Western Illinois W, 78-67
12/12/15 North Dakota St. W, 71-54
12/19/15 South Dakota L, 70-73
12/6/16 South Dakota St. L, 72-83
12/10/16 at North Dakota St. W, 76-55
*now in the Big Sky Conference

HOMETOWN HERO
Lexi Klabo etched her second career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the win over North Dakota State. The Fargo, N.D. native tied then-career highs with both numbers and did not miss from the floor in the win (5-5 FG, 1-1 3FG).

MAK’S SIX PACK
Makailah Dyer set a new career standard with six three-point baskets in the season opener vs. Drake. She hit four of those in the first half en route to a 24-point night, which was her 13th 20-point game of her career.

COACHES PICK FIGHTING HAWKS SECOND
The University of North Dakota women’s basketball team was picked second by the league’s coaches in the Big Sky Conference Preseason Poll. UND was slotted fifth in a tight media poll that had five different schools with at least one first-place vote. Defending league champion Idaho took the coaches poll, edging out UND by just three points, while regular-season champ Montana State was the media’s top selection.The UND women have been picked in the top two spots of the coaches poll in each of the past three seasons and have a conference title (2014) and a runner-up finish (2016) while qualifying for a postseason tournament in each of the past three seasons as well (NCAA in 2014, WBI in 2015 and 2016).


TWENTY SOMETHINGS
UND has already had ten 20-point performances this season, led by five by senior Makailah Dyer. Active 20-point games:

Career 
Makailah Dyer 16 
Leah Szabla
Sam Roscoe 3 
Jill Morton
Lexi Klabo

LOADED SCHEDULE
UND has yet another solid pre-conference schedule, loaded with postseason regulars. A peek at how tough the non-conference slate is for North Dakota:

Only three Division I teams on UND’s non-conference schedule did not make the postseason and two are from Power 5 conferences (Texas Tech, Kansas, NDSU). Six of UND’s nine non-conference D-1 opponents played past their league tournaments last season.

HOME OPPONENTS
Opp. PS 15-16 Rec.
Drake WNIT 23-10
Iowa WNIT 19-14
Mayville St. -- 16-13
San Francisco NCAA 21-12
South Dakota St NCAA 27-7
Mary -- 15-16

ROAD OPPONENTS
Opp. PS 15-16 Rec.
Texas Tech -- 13-18
Kansas -- 6-25
North Dakota St -- 7-22
Northern Iowa WNIT 24-11
San Diego WNIT 24-8

RECORD REWIND
The University of North Dakota women’s basketball program holds an 882-372 (.705) record all-time since the first game was played in 1974.

All-time, North Dakota is 487-104 (.827) 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.

SENIOR CAPTAINS NAMED
Leah Szabla, Samantha Roscoe and Makailah Dyer have been chosen by their teammates to represent the leadership group for the Fighting Hawks as they eye another postseason run. The trio of Szabla, Roscoe and Dyer have been part of one of UND’s most successful runs. This class was the catalyst for North Dakota’s 11-game turnaround in their freshmen season, a memorable Big Sky Conference championship and subsequent NCAA Tournament appearance. Since, UND has appeared in the postseason in each of the next two seasons as well, hosting and winning its first Division I postseason game last year against Grand Canyon in the Women’s Basketball Invitational.

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.

YOU BETTY-CHA!
North Dakota is 153-35 (.814) 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 -------------------- 8-6
2013-14 -------------------- 15-1
2014-15 -------------------- 10-3
2015-16 -------------------- 12-4
2016-17 -------------------- 5-3

FOLLOW UND ON MOBILE
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CAN I GET A WIGNESS?
All UND games can be heard live on KSNR 100.3 FM, the flagship for UND basketball. Mitch Wigness returns for his fifth season behind the mic providing the play-by-play.

FIND UND ON THE TUBE... NATIONALLY
UND will enjoy the national spotlight a total of nine times this season with eight home games televised and an additional road contest available on a national platform.

Midco Sports Network (MidcoSN) will produce five home women’s basketball games, including the big showdown against Big Ten Conference opponent Iowa on Nov. 16. Alex Heinert returns as the play-by-play voice while former UND women’s basketball player and assistant coach Val Sussex will serve as the analyst for the women’s tilts on MidcoSN. There will also be a road tilt at NDSU that will air on MidcoSN2.

FSN or FSN Plus will air three women’s basketball games, including the women’s game against Montana State on Jan. 12 in a game that features two of the top three teams in the Preseason Big Sky Conference coaches poll. These contests will be produced by UND Athletics staff, professional freelancers and UND students. UND Athletics’ Video Production Coordinator David Folske will produce the broadcasts while Assistant Athletics Director for New Media and Video Production Matt Schill will serve as a key crew member. Assistant Media Relations Director Mitch Wigness will provide the play-by-play for women’s contests with Sussex.

2016-17 Television Coverage
Date Opponent Channel
Nov 13 Texas Tech FOX Sports SW+
Nov 16 Iowa MidcoSN
Dec 6 South Dakota State MidcoSN
Dec 10 at North Dakota St MidcoSN2
Jan 12 Montana State FSN
Jan 14 Montana MidcoSN
Jan 26 Southern Utah MidcoSN
Jan 28 Northern Arizona FSN +
Feb 16 Idaho State MidcoSN
Feb 25 Northern Colorado FSN +

LEAGUE TOURNEYS AGAIN HEAD TO RENO
The Big Sky Conference is in year two of a three-year agreement that sees its basketball championships held in Reno, Nev.

As in 2015-16, the Big Sky Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships will be played downtown at the Reno Events Center. The REC was constructed in 2005 and can accommodate roughly 5,000 fans in a basketball configuration.

All 12 men’s and women’s teams from the conference will participate in the championship. The tournament starts Mar. 6 and runs through Mar. 11.

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