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Leah Szabla had the game-winning free throws in Saturday's win at Northern Colorado.
Final regular season road trip on tap
Courtesy: Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
Release: 02/24/2016
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North Dakota at Portland State
DATE: Thurs., Feb. 25, 2016  |  9:00 p.m. CT
SITE: Portland, Ore. (Stott Center)
RADIO:  100.3-FM  (Home of Economy Radio Network)
WEB AUDIO: UNDsports.com
WEB VIDEO: WatchBigSky.com
LIVE STATS: Goviks.com
TWITTER: @UNDWBasketball

North Dakota at Sacramento State
DATE: Sat., Feb. 27, 2016  |  4:00 p.m. CT
SITE: Sacramento, Calif. (The Nest)
RADIO:  100.3-FM  (Home of Economy Radio Network)
WEB AUDIO: UNDsports.com
WEB VIDEO: WatchBigSky.com
LIVE STATS: hornetsports.com
TWITTER: @UNDWBasketball

ON TAP
North Dakota makes its final road trip of the regular season, heading to Portland State Thursday before a Saturday meeting at Sacramento State. UND is currently in a tie for firth place, just a game back of the coveted four spot in the Big Sky Conference standings and a first-round bye in the postseason league tournament.

LAST TIME OUT
Leah Szabla’s free throws with 1.9 seconds left gave visiting North Dakota a gutsy 59-58 win at Northern Colorado last Saturday. After UNC hit a three with 5.8 seconds remaining to go ahead, Szabla drove the lane, was fouled, and calmly made both freebies to deliver the win. She finished the afternoon with a team-best 16 points.

ALL-TIME SERIES WITH THE VIKINGS
North Dakota has a 6-3 edge in the all-time series with the Vikings, including a 4-2 mark in Big Sky Conference play. UND has wins in four of the last five against the Viks. UND has one win at the Peter Stott Center, a 73-52 victory in the 2014 season.

Portland State
UND leads 6-3
Home: 4-0, Away: 1-3, Neutral: 1-0
12/30/92    W    78-46 (H)
12/3/93    L    75-83 (A)
12/19/95    W    74-65 (N)
1/19/13    L    66-73 (A)
2/23/13    W    71-50 (H)
2/1/14    W    69-44 (H)
2/27/14    W    73-52 (A)
1/10/15    L    70-73 (A)
2/19/15    W    76-45 (H)

ALL-TIME SERIES WITH THE HORNETS
North Dakota has just one win over Sacramento State in the six meetings since joining the Big Sky Conference. The Hornets have won all three games in the Nest, averaging 94.3 points per game.

Sacramento State
UND trails 1-5
Home: 1-2, Away: 0-3, Neutral: 0-0
1/24/13    L    77-79 (H)
2/14/13    L    62-80 (A)
1/23/14    L    104-110 (A)
2/22/14    W    87-57 (H)
1/8/15    L    86-93 (A)
2/21/15    L    62-64 (H)

FOUR!
North Dakota has now strung together four straight road wins. In those wins, UND had to overcome a late deficit to win, including two games decided in the final seconds, one in overtime and another by just three points. The average margin of victory in the four games is just 3.25 points.

CARDIAC KIDS
North Dakota has had a flair for the dramatic during the last 11 games. UND has posted a 9-2 record in that stretch but has overcome last deficits in several of those. Six of those games have been decided by a single possession with UND on the winning end of all of them.  

Decided by 1    1-0
Decided by 2    1-0
Decided by 3    4-0

SO, YOU’RE SAYING THERE’S A CHANCE
UND is among several schools still fighting to get into the top four positions in the Big Sky Conference standings with two weeks remaining. UND and Montana are tied for fifth and will play each other next week.

SAC LUNCH
North Dakota will be in search of its first road win at Sacramento State when it invades the Hornets’ Nest on Saturday. UND suffered its only loss when scoring 100 points in its history in a 110-104 setback two seasons ago.

We’ve got the Big Mac, They’ve got the Big Mick
Junior Makailah Dyer continues to set the pace for the Fighting Hawks’ offense, scoring 12.6 points per game. She has led UND in scoring in 10 contests this season.

KLABO CONTRIBUTING
Freshman Lexi Klabo has enjoyed a resurgence these past few weeks. Klabo has scored in double figures in each of the past four games, notching career highs in rebounds with eight twice in that span as well. Going into this last four-game stretch, she held averages of 2.3 points and 2.1 rebounds per game but has posted numbers of 11.0 points and 6.8 rebounds in those last four.

REBOUND RAMPAGE
North Dakota easily leads the Big Sky Conference in rebounding margin, averaging nine more boards than its opponent. That’s more than double the closest team (Montana, +4.2). UND’s +9.2 margin ranks 19th in the NCAA.

Yes! In the FACE!
Junior Stephanie Smith continues to lead the Big Sky Conference in blocked shots with 53. She had two Saturday against Idaho in just seven minutes of action.

U-N-DEE EVENTS CENTER?
North Dakota has made itself quite cozy in Weber State’s home gym, the Dee Events Center. UND has now won all four meetings there since joining the Big Sky Conference, despite three of the games being decided by seven points or fewer.

REDEMPTION CENTER
North Dakota started at 0-3 in Big Sky Conference play and has rallied to post an 8-5 mark to date. The run started with a gritty 45-42 win at home over Idaho State on Jan. 9 and continued a week later with UND’s first-ever road win at Montana (Jan. 16). North Dakota has vaulted itself all the way to a half-game out of the coveted fourth spot for seeding in the league’s postseason tournament.

SOME PEOPLE JUST CAN’T HANDLE LIFE ON THE ROAD
North Dakota has handled it quite well-- thank you-- in recent times, winning each of its last four contests away from the Betty.

LINEUP LOCKED IN
UND has had eight different starting lineups this season, but recently the flavor hasn’t changed. North Dakota has had the fivesome of Leah Szabla, Makailah Dyer, Mia Loyd, Samantha Roscoe and Stephanie Smith on the floor together at the tip in the last 10 games, racking up a 8-2 record in that span.

LOYD WITH 33 CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Mia Loyd produced another double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds in UND’s win over Eastern Washington Feb. 11. She now has 33 career double-doubles and eight this season. She had a league-high 16 last season.

Loyd double-doubles
2015-16    8
2014-15    16
2013-14    9
2012-13    0

TWENTY SOMETHINGS
Samantha Roscoe became the newest member to the 20-point club with her career-high 22-point effort Jan. 7 against Weber State.  Here’s a look at career games played with 20 points or more by active UND players:

Mia Loyd    16
Makailah Dyer    12
Sam Roscoe    1
Leah Szabla    1

LOYD MOVING UP THE SCORING CHARTS
Mia Loyd surpassed Jenny Walter into 16th place all-time in scoring at UND. She is now just 12 points away from current assistant coach Mallory Bernhard (Youngblut) for 15th place.

Career Scoring at UND
15.    Mallory Youngblut, 2007-11    1,307
16.     Mia Loyd, 2012- pres.     1,295
17.    Jenny Walter, 1988-1992    1,276
18.    Kami Winger, 1995-99    1,263
19.    Madi Buck, 2010-14    1,226
20.    N. VanDeKerckhove, 1987-91    1,209

SEVEN AND SEVEN
UND’s recent seven-game winning streak was tied for the longest of head coach Travis Brewster’s tenure. It is the 10th streak of at least three games in the Big Sky era for UND.

Streak    Dates        
7    11/18 /14- 12/6/14
7    1/16/16 - 2/11/16
5    1/12/14 - 1/16/14
5    1/25/14 - 2/8/14
4    11/30/12 - 12/15/12
4    2/20/14 - 3/1/14
4    1/17/15 - 1/29/15
3    12/29/12 - 1/5/13
3    11/17/13 - 12/4/13
3    12/14/13 - 12/21/13

A FORTNIGHT TO REMEMBER
Junior Samantha Roscoe enjoyed a career night Jan. 21 against Northern Arizona, hauling in a personal-best 14 rebounds in the win. Previously, Roscoe’s career-high for rebounds in a single game was seven.

HARD KNOX
Senior Kelsey Knox leads the team with 39 steals this season, pushing her over 100 for her career.  

FABULOUS 50s
North Dakota is now 10-1 when holding teams to under 60 points, including five of the seven games in that long win streak.

THIS ONE GOES TO ELEVEN
Stephanie Smith has registered double figures in rebounds four times this season, etching 11 in each instance. All four have been UND wins as well (vs. North Dakota State, vs. Idaho State, at Montana and vs. Northern Colorado). This last instance saw Smith garner her first Division I double-double with 11 points and 11 boards against UNC.

IN THE RARE MOUNTAIN AIR
North Dakota’s win at Montana Jan. 16 marked just the third Big Sky Conference loss at home for the Lady Griz since the start of the 2012-13 season. Since UND joined the league that season, Montana is 30-3 at Dahlberg Arena.

ROCKIN’ ROBIN
UND head coach Travis Brewster is now 4-4 against coaching legend Robin Selvig. The Montana bench boss has over 850 wins to his credit in his impressive 38 year coaching career. Brewster is the only coach to beat Selvig twice in a season (2013-14) since UND joined the Big Sky Conference.

ONE FOR THE BOOKS
Some historical facts from UND’s 45-42 win over Idaho State on Jan. 9:
*UND 45 points marked its lowest total since Dec. 8, 2013 at Minnesota (L, 44-46).
*It was the lowest winning total for UND since a Feb. 14, 1976 win over North Dakota State (43-40).
*It was the lowest point total allowed by UND since an 88-40 win over Dickinson State (Dec. 2, 2014).

LOADED PRE-CONFERENCE SLATE
UND had yet another solid pre-conference schedule, loaded with postseason regulars. A peek at how tough the non-conference road slate was for North Dakota (108-53, .671)  combined records as of Feb. 24)

Road Opp.    ‘14-15 Post.    ‘15-16 season
Iowa    NCAA    17-11
UT-Martin    WNIT    19-8
Drake    WNIT    17-8
San Francisco    WNIT    17-10
Oregon    --    20-7
Minnesota    NCAA    18-9

GOING UP...ON A TUESDAY
Head coach Travis Brewster, with his team’s 78-67 win on Tues., Dec. 8, improved to 7-1 all-time on Tuesdays in his tenure. UND does not have another Tuesday game on this season’s regular season schedule.

PROLIFIC ON THE BOARDS
Senior Mia Loyd pulled down 19 rebounds in the Nov. 14 loss to UT Martin, marking the fourth-best single-game output by a UND player all-time. She also has a 22-rebound effort from a season ago, giving her two of the top four single-game performances in school history.

BOARD KNOX
Kelsey Knox registered a career-high-tying seven rebounds in the Dec. 8 win over Western Illinois. Six of those came in the first half as the Fighting Hawks out-boarded the Leathernecks, 48-26.

FREIJE ON FIRE EARLY
Freshman Fallyn Freije had quite the start to her collegiate career, scoring the first eight UND points in the opener at Iowa with a pair of threes and a long baseline jumper. She would finish the night with a team-high 14 points, four rebounds, two blocks and a steal in 31 minutes. In the loss at Drake, Freije registered a career-best with eight rebounds, matching her season total to that point.

ROS-GO!
Junior Samantha Roscoe came into the season with an eight-point effort at Portland State (2/19/15) as her career best for a single game. Already in the young season, she has reached that mark 13 different times, including a new career high Jan. 7 with 22 points.

JOHNSON JOINS THE FIGHTING HAWKS
Former North Dakota Miss Basketball Holly Johnson recently announced that she will transfer to UND from NDSU to finish out her collegiate career. Johnson played three seasons for the Bison and is sitting out the 2015-16 season due to injury. She averaged 9.9 points and 5.4 rebounds in 86 career games for NDSU.

LOYD NAMED TO HAWKEYE CHALLENGE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Senior Mia Loyd, on the strength of 19 rebounds Nov. 14 vs. UT Martin, was named to the Hawkeye Challenge All-Tournament Team announced at the conclusion of the tourney at the University of Iowa. Loyd notched her first double-double of the season by adding 11 points as well.

DOUBLE DOUBLE DATA
Mia Loyd had a league-best 16 double-doubles last season. She led the team in both scoring (15.0 ppg), seventh in the Big Sky Conference, and rebounding (8.9 rpg), third in the league. Loyd had four more double-doubles than Erikka Banks (NAU). Emily Evers was sixth among Big Sky players with eight double-doubles last season.  

No.    Name - School
16    LOYD, Mia - North Dakota
12    BANKS, Erikka - NAU
12    WILLIAMS, Melissa- EWU
11    STRANGE, D’Shara - UNC
9    CARPENTER, Jalen - WSU
8    EVERS,Emily - North Dakota

FANTASTIC FOUR
Mia Loyd made it a monthly habit to pick up a Big Sky Conference Player of the Week honor at least once each calendar month last season. She piled up four different league honors (most in the league), each coming in a different month.

TOP OF THE SUMMIT
North Dakota played four Summit League teams this season and boasts an 10-2 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
*now in the Big Sky Conference
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VIDEO BOARDS COMING
Installation of two new video display boards at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Centers will begin in May 2016 and will be completed in advance of the 2016-17 volleyball and basketball seasons. UND Athletics is financing the project in collaboration with Ralph Engelstad Arena (REA) at an estimated cost of $600,000.

“This will be an exciting addition to the game day experience in ‘The Betty’,” said UND Athletic Director Brian Faison. “The ability to provide replays and other elements will only further enhance the atmosphere for our student-athletes and fans.”

Each board, measuring 20 feet wide and 10 feet tall, will replace the existing scoreboards at the north and south ends of the arena. The new video display boards will provide scoreboard information, in-game replays, and fan engagement elements, all of which will enhance the game day experience for UND fans.

The addition of the video display boards highlights an overall enhancement project to the Betty that also included an upgraded PA system prior to the 2015-16 season.

RECORD REWIND
The University of North Dakota women’s basketball program holds an 867-364 (.709) record all-time since the first game was played in 1974.

All-time, North Dakota is 479-100 (.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.

LOYD TABBED PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
North Dakota senior forward Mia Loyd was named the Big Sky Conference Preseason Player of the Year as the league unveiled its preseason honors at the conference’s media day events at Reno Events Center. Loyd, who was an All-Big Sky First Teamer last season, is part of a six-member preseason team voted on by league coaches and sports information directors.

Loyd led the league last season with 16 double-doubles, averaging 15.0 points (7th in Big Sky) and 8.9 rebounds (3rd) per contest. She’ll go into her senior season with 1,022 career points, already 32nd on the UND all-time scoring list.

The Minneapolis, Minn., product posted at least 20 points on nine different occasions and scored in double figures in all but six games. The 5-11 forward shot 60.0 percent from the floor at home and averaged 17.8 points per game at the Betty. Overall, she finished second in the league in field goal percentage (.540).

The preseason all-conference team consists of Eastern Washington senior guard Hayley Hodgins, Idaho State senior guard Apiphany Woods, Montana State senior forward Jasmine Hommes, Montana junior forward Kayleigh Valley and Montana senior guard McCalle Feller.

YOU BETTY-CHA!
North Dakota is 145-31 (.824) 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 -------------------- 9-3

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.

FOLLOW UND ON MOBILE
Take North Dakota women’s basketball with you wherever you go with UNDsports.com’s mobile app. Download it to your computer or your smart phone for free and follow your team wherever they go.

A BIT ABOUT LAST SEASON (17-15, 9-9)
North Dakota went 17-14 in the regular season, including a 9-9 mark in the Big Sky Conference ... That league mark tied Montana State and Northern Arizona for fifth place in the conference, ... UND accepted a bid to play in the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI) for the third postseason appearance in the past four seasons ... North Dakota played in its first-ever Preseason WNIT, playing at Colorado in the first round, followed by the consolation round at Towson .... UND went 2-1 in the preeason WNIT .... Junior Mia Loyd led the league in double-doubles (16) and was a First Team All-Big Sky selection ... Senior Emily Evers picked up honorable mention all-Big Sky accolades.

WATCH BIG SKY
Catch every Big Sky Conference school in action live for free on the Internet at WatchBigSky.com. Home games from every league school are shown live and are available via archives on the WatchBigSky app. Download the app on Google Play or the iTunes store.
 
CAN I GET A WIGNESS?
All UND games can be heard live on KSNR 100.3 FM, the flagship for UND basketball, or KKXL 1440-AM (check listings). Mitch Wigness returns for his fourth season behind the mic providing the play-by-play.

LEAGUE TOURNEYS CONVERGE ON RENO
Officials from the Big Sky Conference and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority announced a three-year agreement that will bring the league’s basketball championships to Reno, Nev.
Starting in 2016, 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. 7 and runs through Mar. 12.

FIND UND ON THE TUBE... NATIONALLY
UND will enjoy the national spotlight a total of 14 times this season with 13 home games televised and an additional road contest available on a national platform.

Midco Sports Network will produce five home women’s basketball games including the home tilt against rival NDSU and four Big Sky Conference contests. Dan Hammer returns as the play-by-play voice for UND home games, while Greg Stemen joins him as analyst.

FSN or FSN Plus will air an additional eight women’s basketball games in an unprecedented slate of games produced by UND Athletics staff, professional freelancers and UND students. UND Athletics’ Video Production Coordinator David Folske will serve as producer while Director of New Media Matt Schill will direct the games. Associate Athletic Director for External Operations Kyle Doperalski will call the play-by-play with broadcast veteran Al Bahe providing the color analysis.

UND’s game at Minnesota will also be covered by Big Ten Network Plus.

2015-16 Television Coverage
Date    Opponent           Channel
Nov. 17    Omaha        FSN
Dec. 5    Northern Iowa    FSN
Dec. 8    Western Illinois    FSN
Dec. 12    North Dakota State    MidcoSN    
Dec. 19    South Dakota    FSN
Dec. 23    at Minnesota     Big Ten Plus
Jan. 7    Weber State     MidcoSN
Jan. 9    Idaho State     FSN
Jan. 21    Northern Arizona    MidcoSn
Jan. 23    Southern Utah    FSN
Jan. 30    Northern Colorado    MidcoSN
Feb. 11    Eastern Washington    MidcoSN
Feb. 13    Idaho        FSN
Mar. 2    Montana     FSN
       

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