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North Dakota takes its four-game winning streak on the road to nationally-ranked Baylor on Tuesday. UND will then return home for title against in-state rival North Dakota State, Mayville State and Southwest Minnesota State before the non-conference finale at South Dakota on Dec. 21.
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.
RANK AND FILE
North Dakota will be playing its seventh Division I contest against a ranked squad and the highest among those teams when it travels to eighth-ranked Baylor. A look at the previous games vs. ranked opponents:
12/1/10 at #21 Green Bay L, 40-83
11/10/13 at #20 Iowa State L, 55-84
12/28/13 at #21 Iowa L, 62-88
3/23/14 at #15 Texas A&M L, 55-70 !
11/13/15 at #23 Iowa L, 61-83
11/10/17 at #17 Oregon St. L, 55-65
12/5/17 at #8 Baylor
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.
LEX AT THE LINE
Junior forward Lexi Klabo has fought through contact down low and has already gone to the line 59 times through six games. She’s made the most of her opportunities, making 50 of those free tosses for an impressive .847 clip. Her 50 makes are already just six more than her entire freshman season (62 attempts).
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).
Junior Jill Morton tied a career best with four three-point baskets in the win over UMass on Nov. 19. Morton made those four triple on just six attempts and leads the team in threes this season (9).
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.
Melissa Dailey, who led UND in scoring in the opener at Oregon State, got going quickly in that game. She took the opening tip to the three-point line and connected just seven seconds after the tip for a fast start to her UND career. It was one of three triples for the junior transfer on the afternoon.
The Bears are fresh off of an impressive win over 16th-ranked Stanford, 81-57, Sunday afternoon at home. Baylor is 7-1 on the season with all seven wins by at least 23 points. BU’s Kalani Brown scored a game-high 28 in Sunday’s win. The 6-foot-7 center paces the Bears with 23.3 points per game on a whopping 76.8 percent field goal percentage. Lauren Cox averages a team-high 10.;9 board per contest at BU out-rebounds opponents by more than 15 boards per game.
Baylor opened the regular season with a 121-62 win over Lamar on Nov. 10. UND defeated Lamar in San Antonio, Texas on Nov. 24, by a 73-70 score.
DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS
UND is making its second trip to Texas this season after a 2-0 trip at the UTSA Thanksgiving Classic. North Dakota, since transitioning to Division I in 2008-09, has now played 11 games in Texas with an 8-3 mark in those contests.
11/25/17 at UTSA W, 60-47
11/24/17 vs Lamar (at UTSA) W, 73-70
11/13/16 at Texas Tech L, 80-90
3/23/14 at Texas A&M L, 55-70 !
2/25/12 at Houston Baptist W, 57-36
2/23/12 at UTRGV W, 60-58
3/5/11 at UTRGV L, 62-69
3/3/11 at Houston Baptist W, 73-61
1/30/10 at Houston Baptist W, 75-53
1/28/10 at UTRGV W, 63-47
1/6/09 at Houston Baptist W, 95-67
THE MATCHUP North Dakota faces its second nationally-ranked team of the season when it meets up with ninth-ranked Baylor Tueesday in Waco, Texas. UND opened the season at then-ranked 17 Oregon State.
All-time vs. Baylor
KLABO PRESEASON ALL-BIG SKY, UND PICKED SECOND
Junior forward Lexi Klabo was named to the Big Sky Conference Preseason Team while her team was picked second by both the media and the coaches in the preseason polls. North Dakota has now been picked in the top two by the coaches in each of the last five preseason prognostications.
UND in the Big Sky preseason coach’s poll
Year Pick Finish
2012-13 6th T9th
2013-14 8th T1st
2014-15 1st T5th
2015-16 2nd T2nd
2016-17 2nd T1st
2017-18 2nd --
TAKING ON ALL COMERS
Two different schools that finished in the top 10 of the Rating Percentage Index (RPI) last season appear on UND’s formidable non-conference slate. Oregon State (Nov. 10) was a 31-5 team that advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 while national power Baylor (Dec. 5), a seven-time defending Big 12 champion, highlight the non-league lineup.
Three future Summit League foes dot the schedule as South Dakota State (Nov. 15) and South Dakota (Dec. 21), both of whom were WNIT qualifiers in 2016-17, join North Dakota State (Dec. 9) in key regional matchups. All told, nearly half of North Dakota’s non-conference schedule is against teams that were in the top 100 (5 of 11). Add Montana State once the league schedule gets underway and UND will have seven total games against top 100 teams and a total of 12 games against teams that made the postseason a year ago.
Bailey Strand (24 to 22) and Kaila Burroughs (32 to 23) are each wearing new numbers this season.
North Dakota will face a pair of nationally-ranked teams, according to the first WBCA poll. North Dakota matched up with 17-ranked Oregon State in the regular season opener then gets ninth-ranked Baylor on Dec. 5.
*12 total games vs. postseason teams from last season (5 NCAA, 2 WNIT, 5 WBI)
*7 games against Top 100 RPI and two in the Top 10 (Oregon State- 6, Baylor- 7, South Dakota State- 45, Montana State (2)- 59, Northern Iowa- 60, South Dakota- 80).
*UND’s nine Division I non-conference opponents combined for a 185-105 (.638) record last season, averaging 21 wins each.\
*UND is playing its sixth and final season in the Big Sky Conference before moving to The Summit League in 2018-19.
*North Dakota (4) is the only Big Sky team with an active postseason streak longer than two.
*From 2013-17, UND had the most overall wins (78), Big Sky wins (52), league road wins (21) and tied for most Big Sky regular season titles (2).
FREE TIMES EIGHT
Junior Lexi Klabo knocked down all eight of her free throw attempts in the opener at Oregon State. It marked the second-highest number of free throws she’s made without a miss in her career (10-10 vs. Weber State, Feb. 18, 2017).
The University of North Dakota women’s basketball program holds an 897-379 (.703) record all-time since the first game was played in 1974. All-time, North Dakota is 495-105 (.825) 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.
HOW TO FOLLOW?
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CAN I GET A WIGNESS?
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