*Lexi Klabo had 16 games of 20+ pts in 2017-18 (20 career).
*Lexi Klabo led the Big Sky Conference with 14 double-doubles.
*Klabo became the 36th UND player to reach 1,000 career points and just the 14th to do so before her senior season.
*Klabo finished her junior season 6th in the NCAA with 189 free throws made this season. That broke UND’s single-season record by 45. *UND notched its 900th win in its program’s history with the Dec. 18 win over SMSU.
*Klabo’s 17 rebounds against UNC Jan. 20 tied a career high. She becomes just the sixth UND player to notch at least 17 rebounds in a game twice in a career (Ashley Langen- 5, Jenny Crouse- 4, Mia Loyd- 3, Pam Solseth- 2, Kami Winger- 2).
*UND saw its postseason streak snapped at four straight seasons (2014- NCAA, 2015, 2016- WBI, 2017- WNIT).
Klabo finished the year among the top 60 in a host of statistical categories. She etched the 6th-most free throws made in all of Division I with 189. Her 2.2 blocks per game were 32nd, her 14 double-doubles ranked 43rd, her points per game average of 19.0 was 49th while her rebounding average was at 57th (9.3).
LEADING LADY LEXI
Lexi Klabo became the 36th UND player to reach 1,000 career points Feb. 24 at Northern Colorado. She was just the 14th player to reach that plateau before her senior season. Entering the her final season, Klabo is just 18 points away from cracking the top 25 at the school. UND has now had at least one 1,000-point scorer on each of the last five teams, adding seven players to the all-time list in that span (Madi Buck, Megan Lauck, Emily Evers, Mia Loyd, Makailah Dyer, Leah Szabla, Lexi Klabo).
Klabo ended the regular season with 60 points in the final week. She poured in a career-best 31 against Sacramento State and followed that up with 29 more against Portland State. She was 20-for-33 from the floor for the week.
MORE TO MORTON
Noted more as a defensive guru early in her career, junior Jill Morton has shown a knack for carrying much more of the scoring load. She averaged just under 11 points per game and had four 20-point games, including a 25-point outburst on Feb. 8 vs. Weber State in which she knocked down five triples.
ONE, SINGLUAR SENSATION
North Dakota held Weber State to one field goal for the entire fourth quarter to roar back for an 80-67 win Feb. 8 at the Betty. WSU was just 1-for-16 in that quarter (6.3 percent) after shooting an incredible 11-for-15 (73.3 percent) in the first quarter.
BLOCK IT OUT
Junior Lexi Klabo is inching among the leaders in blocked shots all-time at UND. She had 66 blocks this past season, which puts her into the top 10 in that category at the school. Her 130 career blocks also place her in the top 10 at North Dakota.
Head coach Travis Brewster now has nine wins all-time against Weber State, most against a single opponent.
Coach Brewster most wins vs. opponents
Weber State 9-3
Northern Colo. 8-5
Idaho State 8-5
Northern Ariz. 7-3
North Dakota St. 6-0
Portland State 6-5
True freshman Melissa Leet was a spark Jan. 27 vs. Idaho. Leet knocked down both of her three-point attempts, the first threes of her career. She added two more baskets on the way to a career-best 11 points, doubling her season output in the process.
UND has four wins against teams that appear in the CollegeInsider.com poll. North Dakota beat No. 21 Northern Colorado back on Jan. 20 and has wins against three teams receiving votes in the poll: Lamar, Weber State and Northern Iowa.
Coach Brewster picked up his 100th career win Feb. 8 against Weber State. Brewster has a pair of 20-win seasons to his credit already with four straight winning seasons coming into this year (all postseason berths).
January 20’s win over Northern Colorado marked the 500th home win for the University of North Dakota women’s basketball team. UND has called the UND Fieldhouse, Hyslop Sports Center, Ralph Engelstad Arena and the Betty Engelstad Arena as home venues in its 44 seasons. UND is 167-38 all-time at the Betty.
MAMBO NO. 5
Melissa Leet stormed onto the scene Jan. 13 at Weber State, scoring eight points and grabbing seven rebounds. She logged a career-best 18 minutes and was 4-for-8, after starting the season 0-for-7 in eight games.
EIGHT IS ENOUGH
North Dakota recorded just eight turnovers as a team in the 79-68 win over North Dakota State Dec. 9. That total is tied for the fewest in head coach Travis Brewster’s tenure at UND. North Dakota would duplicate twice more, etching just eight in both games against Idaho (Dec. 28 and Jan. 27).
North Dakota has now won eight straight over North Dakota State, including all six in the Division I series. The teams will next meet in the regular season next season in The Summit League.
Juniors Lexi Klabo and Fallyn Freije each recorded double-doubles in the 79-68 win over North Dakota State Dec. 9. The pair also each went over 20+ points with Klabo scoring 23 and Freije etching a new career best with 26 in the win.
THAT’S PRETTY, PRETTY GOOD
Baylor’s Dec. 5th was pretty run of the mill. In fact, the Lady Bears extended their streak of wins over unranked non-conference teams at home to 182 straight. That stretch dates all the way back to 2003.
ONLY GAVE UP TWO TOUCHDOWNS
UND squandered just 14 first-half points to UTSA in the Nov. 25 win. That total was the fewest allowed in a half for North Dakota since an 88-40 win over Dickinson State on Dec. 2, 2014 that saw just 13 second-half points for DSU.
North Dakota held UTSA scoreless for a whopping 10:42 in the Nov. 25 win. The Roadrunners scored with just under seven minutes to go to make it 19-14, didn’t see the scoreboard move until near four minutes were gone in the third quarter and the Hawks had piled up a 36-14 lead.
The Fighting Hawks trailed by 15 with 8:15 left in the third quarter vs. Lamar on Nov. 24 but rallied to win, 73-70. UND was down 13 at the break with 21 turnovers but managed to right the ship and out-score the Cardinals, 23-11 in the third quarter on the way to the win.
PICKIN’ ON THE PANTHERS
Lexi Klabo scored a career-high 29 points in the win over Northern Iowa Dec. 2. She added 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots in the win for her ninth career double-double.
HONORS ROLL IN
Klabo was named the Big Sky Conference’s Player of the Week for her performances in week two of the season. She was also the CollegeSportsMadness.com league player of the week honoree after a pair of double-doubles. She averaged 22.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.5 blocks in games at South Dakota State and against UMass.
REJECTION IS ROUGH
Klabo blocked a career-high eight shots in the win over UMass Nov. 19. That total was the highest single-game total since Jenny Crouse blocked eight shots at North Dakota State Jan. 30, 1999. Crouse is the school’s leading scorer, rebounder and shot blocker all-time, leading UND to three NCAA Division II championships (1997-99).
REMEMBER THE SABBATH
UND’s 82-52 win over UMass was its first on a Sunday in over four years (Nov. 17, 2013 vs. South Dakota). North Dakota had dropped eight straight Sunday tilts until the Nov. 19 win.
The Nov. 19 win over UMass was the first over an Atlantic-10 team for head coach Travis Brewster. The 30-point blowout gave UND its first win over an A-10 team since the 2011-12 season. North Dakota has played just three games against the A-10 since making the Division I transition in 2008-09.
North Dakota had 23 performances of players scoring at least 20 points in a game, paced by Lexi Klabo, with a team-high 16. Jill Morton poured in 22 on back-to-back games on Jan. 13 at Weber State and Jan. 20 against Northern Colorado for her first 20-point efforts of the season and added a career-high 25 in a win over Weber State Feb. 8.
Lexi Klabo 20 16
Fallyn Freije 6 4
Jill Morton 4 3
The University of North Dakota women’s basketball program holds a 905-395 (.695) record all-time since the first game was played in 1974. All-time, North Dakota is 502-110 (.820) 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 168-41 (.804) 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 -------------------- 11-4
2017-18 -------------------- 9-5
2017-18 All-Big Sky Conference teams
#BigSkyWBB First Team
Savannah Smith Guard Northern Colorado Junior
Delaney Hodgins Forward Eastern Washington Senior
Mikayla Ferenz Guard Idaho Junior
Larryn Brooks Guard Weber State Senior
Lexi Klabo Forward North Dakota Junior
#BigSkyWBB Second Team
Savannah Scott Guard Northern Colorado Senior
Geri McCorkell Forward Idaho Senior
Brooke Blair Guard Idaho State Senior
Ashley Bolston Guard Portland State Junior
Grace Kenyon Forward Idaho State Junior
#BigSkyWBB Third Team
Hannah Caudill Guard Montana State Senior
Violet Kapri Morrow Guard Eastern Washington Junior
Olivia Lucero Guard Northern Arizona Senior
Sidney Rielly Guard Portland State Junior
Hannah Friend Guard Sacramento State Sophomore
#BigSkyWBB Honorable Mention
Taylor Pierce Guard Idaho Junior
McKenzie Johnston Guard Montana Sophomore
Delany Junkermier Guard Montana State Senior
Fallyn Freije Forward North Dakota Junior
Emily Drake Guard Weber State Junior
#BigSkyWBB Special Awards
Most Valuable Player Savannah Smith Northern Colorado
Newcomer of the Year Larryn Brooks Weber State
Freshman of the Year Kylie Jimenez Portland State
Defensive Player of the Year Kianna Williams, UNC
Top Reserve Estefania Ors Idaho State
Coach of the Year Kamie Etheridge, UNC