North Dakota (2-2) at Milwaukee (2-4)
DATE: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 | 11:00 a.m. CT
SITE: Milwaukee, Wis. (Klotsche Center)
RADIO: KSNR 100.3 FM
WEB AUDIO: UNDSports.com
WEB VIDEO: Horizon League Network
LIVE STATS: UWMPanthers.com
North Dakota returns to action Dec. 4 with a road tilt at Milwaukee for a special 11:00 a.m. CT start. UND has played just two games in the last three weeks (both wins). UND is shooting to go over the .500 mark for the first time since the 2011-12 season.
*UND is aiming for its first road win of the season. North Dakota’s first victory away from the Betty last year came in the Nov. 30 win over NDSU.
*Milwaukee is a former stop for UND head coach Travis Brewster. He was an assistant with the Panthers during the 2006-07 campaign.
*Madi Buck is fourth in the Big Sky Conference in scoring (16.0).
*Mia Loyd is 10th in scoring (13.0) and second in rebounding (8.5).
Senior Madi Buck led a quartet of North Dakota players in double figures as the home team routed Jamestown, 93-56, at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center on Nov. 26 in non-conference action. The offensive outburst came thanks to a 50-point effort after halftime as UND shot 50.8 percent from the floor for the game.
Buck had a game-high 21 points, Mia Loyd added 16 and freshman Leah Szabla had her highest output as a collegian with 14. Backcourt teammate Kelsey Knox also had the best effort of her young career with 11 points off the bench.
ON THE HORIZON
North Dakota travels to Minnesota (Dec. 8) before the rivalry contest against North Dakota State at the Betty on Dec. 14. Mayville State comes to the BESC for the final game before Big Sky Conference season opens at Northern Colorado (Dec. 21).
ABOUT THE PANTHERS
Milwaukee is 2-4 overall heading into the Wednesday matinee ... Angela Rodriguez leads the Panther offense, scoring 19.8 points per game, part of three players in double figures (Ashley Green- 14.5, Avyanna Young- 12.7) ... Young corrals 9.8 rebounds per game to lead the team ... Milwaukee is 2-0 when scoring above 70 points this season.
SERIES HISTORY WITH MILWAUKEE
North Dakota and Milwaukee will be meeting for the first time ... UND is aiming for its first win over a current Horizon League school (0-4 vs. Green Bay).
Through the first month of the season, UND paces the Big Sky Conference in free throwing shooting as a team, hitting 76 percent of its shots. North Dakota has missed just 23 freebies in four contests and has hit on 82.4 percent of its charity stripe tosses (56-of-68) over the last three contests.
NO SOUP FOR YOU!
UND also tops the league in field goal percent defense, allowing just a .331 field goal percentage to its opponents. That percentage is better than Montana’s .353 through Dec. 2.
North Dakota crashes the boards better than its opponents, a +7.2 margin. That rate is better than any other Big Sky Conference team thus far and it’s not close. UND averages 44.5 rebounds per game (2nd in Big Sky), but also allows just 37.2 (4th best) to its opponent on average.
UND’s 7.8 blocked shots per game leads the Big Sky Conference as of Dec. 2. North Dakota has registered 10 blocks in each of the last two contests.
TOP OF THE SUMMIT
UND has gotten the best of the Summit League, winning all three of its contests over the league in the past three seasons. In 2011-12, North Dakota defeated then-Summit member Southern Utah. Last season, UND bested North Dakota State before Sunday’s win over South Dakota made them 3-0.
MY OH MIA
Sophomore forward Mia Loyd has already tripled her production from last year from distance, making 3-of-7 from three this season. Last year, her only make was in the season finale at Southern Utah, a huge hit that helped UND erase a 21-point deficit to send the game to overtime.
Senior Allyssa Wall swatted away five shots in the win over South Dakota, Nov. 17. That tied for a career high, a mark she has hit five times in her four seasons at UND. For her career, Wall has 145 rejections, sixth all-time at the school.
1. Jenny Crouse 494
2. Sandi Walford 187
3. Kierah Kimbrough 181
4. Sheri Kleinsasser 175
5. Nadine VanDeKerckhove 152
6. Allyssa Wall 145
THREE TO 1,000?
Coming into the season, seniors Allyssa Wall (734), Madi Buck (714) and Megan Lauck (692) all have a shot at surpassing the 1,000-point plateau this season and would look to become just the third UND trio of teammates to be in four figures in the same season. (1999 (4)- Jenny Crouse, Jaime Pudenz, Tiffany Pudenz, Katie Richards; 1997 (3)- Kelli Britz, Jenny Crouse, Tiffany Pudenz.)
A BIT ABOUT LAST SEASON (11-18)
The University of North Dakota women’s basketball team became the first program at UND to defeat a PAC-12 team with a 62-56 win at Utah on Dec. 29, 2012 ... Madi Buck led North Dakota in scoring (10.7 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg) ... Megan Lauck was second in the Big Sky Conference in free throw shooting (.835) ... UND renewed the rivalry with in-state foe North Dakota State, defeating the Bison in Fargo, N.D., 73-63 on Nov. 30 in the first game in the series since 2004 ... North Dakota scored a season-high 94 points in the season finale double-overtime loss at Southern Utah (Mar. 7) ... Lauck scored 36 points in that game, tied for 10th-most by a UND player in a single game.
The University of North Dakota women’s basketball program holds an 817-329 (.714) record all-time since the first game was played in 1974.
All-time, North Dakota is 447-93 (.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.
North Dakota is 117-23 (.836) 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 -------------------- 2-0
UND EIGHTH, NINTH IN BIG SKY POLLS
Eastern Washington was selected as the team to beat in the 2013-14 Big Sky Conference Preseason Women’s Basketball Polls. The Eagles garnered six of the 11 first-place votes in the coaches poll and 20 of 30 top nods in a poll of the media. North Dakota was picked eighth by its fellow coaches and ninth by the media that cover the league.
Regional rivalry games highlight the 2013-14 University of North Dakota women’s basketball schedule. Home tilts against North Dakota State and South Dakota coupled with the first of a three-year series against Minnesota precede the second season of Big Sky Conference play for UND.
2013-14 schedule by the numbers
*75th all-time meeting between UND and NDSU (UND leads, 41-33)
*20 Big Sky Conference games
*16 home games total (2 exhibitions)
*Nov. 10 date of first regular season game (at Iowa State)
*Nov. 17- regular season home opener (vs. South Dakota)
*13 games against postseason teams (NCAA- Iowa State, Iowa, Montana (2); WNIT- Eastern Washington (2), Idaho State (2), No. Colorado (2), Northern Iowa, Minnesota; WBI- South Dakota.
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CAN I GET A WIGNESS?
UND women’s basketball home games can be heard live on KSNR 100.3 FM or KKXL 1440 AM in Grand Forks. Cat Country is the home for UND basketball-- be sure to tune to 1440AM for all UND basketball home games in conference action with Mitch Wigness providing women’s basketball play-by-play and Paul Ralston handling the home men’s games.
After opening the season with three consecutive first-time opponents, North Dakota will face a Stony Brook team on Saturday that it has played before on the gridiron, albeit it just once. MORE