The University of North Dakota officially tips-off its 2012-13 season Sunday afternoon against Harvard University at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Sunday's game, the only one of the first five of the season at home, will be televised live by Midco Sports Net.
SERIES HISTORY ...
Overall: UND leads 1-0
Streak: UND- 1W
Last: UND 60 at Harvard 57 (1/17/12)
*North Dakota won the series premiere last season, defeating the Crimson 60-57 on their home floor on Jan. 17, 2012
*UND took a quick 5-0 lead and never trailed in that game.
*North Dakota led by as many as a dozen in the second half.
Sunday's opener is the start of a very challenging part of UND's schedule. Each of the first four opponents qualified for a postseason tournament a season ago. In addition, only one of those games is at home for UND (vs. Harvard). Iowa State went to the NCAA Tournament while Harvard, Duquesne and South Florida all competed in the WNIT.
A BIT ABOUT LAST SEASON
The University of North Dakota women's basketball team picked up the Great West Conference regular-season and postseason tournament titles, winning nine straight games to finish 9-1 in league play ... Center Allyssa Wall (North Sioux City, S.D.) was named to the GWC All-Tournament team and was voted the tournament's most valuable player ... Also named to the all-tournament team was center Emily Evers (Grand Forks, N.D.), who averaged a team-high 13.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, and shot 74.4 percent from the field ... UND advanced to its first-ever NCAA Division I postseason play, heading to Seattle University for the first round of the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI).
The University of North Dakota women's basketball program holds an 804-309 (.722) record all-time since the first game was played in 1974.
Senior Nicole Smart scored a team-high 20 points in UND's 76-67 exhibition win over Bemidji State on Nov. 1. Smart hit 3-of-5 from deep and added five rebounds, five assists and three steals.
THE BUCK STARTS HERE
Junior Madi Buck scored a game-high 22 points and posted a game-high nine rebounds as North Dakota defeated visiting Mayville State Tuesday at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in the team's final exhibition. Buck shrugged-off a 1-for-7 start to go 7-for-10 the rest of the way as UND cruised in the second half.
This year's slate includes 16 total home games (two exhibitions),10 games against postseason teams (NCAA- Idaho State (2), Iowa State; WNIT- No. Colorado (2), Drake, Duquesne, Harvard, South Florida, Utah), a re-kindling of the North Dakota State rivalry and the inaugural season of the Big Sky Conference. UND will play each Big Sky foe twice in home-and-home contests to make up 20 of North Dakota's games this season.
BRINGING BACK THE BISON
This season's schedule features the re-emergence of a UND/NDSU game, a series that had been on an eight-year hiatus. The teams will meet in Fargo, N.D. on Nov. 30 for the 74th time (UND leads the all-time series, 40-33). UND won the last meeting, a thrilling 66-65 victory on Mar. 13, 2004 in the second round of NCAA Division II Tournament.
PROTECT AND SERVE
All-time, North Dakota is 437-87 (.834) 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.
YOU BETTY, YOU BETTY, YOU
North Dakota is 103-18 (.851) 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
UND FIFTH, SIXTH IN BIG SKY POLLS
UND was picked to finish fifth by the media and sixth by the coaches in the 2012-13 Big Sky Conference preseason polls. After three seasons in the Great West Conference following its move to NCAA Division I, UND enters its first season in the league.
The top four spots were identical in both polls with Idaho State, the defending Big Sky regular season and tournament champion, grabbing the top position. Northern Colorado was the runner-up with Montana and Montana State slotted third and fourth, respectively, in both polls.
UND ON THE INTERNET
UNDSports.com is the official online home of University of North Dakota athletics. UNDSports.com is a veritable one-stop shop for the most hardcore fan, featuring breaking news, feature stories, game notes, live and archived video webcasts, FREE audio, FREE live stats, podcasts, blogs, player profiles, merchandise, photo galleries, news feeds, camp registration and much, much more.
UND GONE MOBILE
The University of North Dakota athletics department and leading technology service provider NeuLion, Inc. (TSX: NLN) have launched UND's official athletics mobile website, UNDSports.com. The new UND athletics destination offers a mobile device-enabled version of the site, amplifying the user experience on the go. The mobile website will deliver a condensed version of the official athletics site to provide latest news and quick updates to handheld devices. North Dakota's official athletics website is available on all web-enabled devices by opening a browser and entering the UNDSports.com URL. Users can get the latest news, scores, upcoming schedule, photo galleries and more.
CATCH THE LIVE ACTION
Select North Dakota women's basketball games - home and away - can be heard live on CatCountry 100.3 FM with Mitch Wigness handling the play-by-play ... The radio broadcast can also be accessed via a live audiocast on UNDSports.com (Check the website for schedule changes and updates) ... Links for live stats, a live radio audiocast, live chat, and streaming video can be found on the official site of North Dakota athletics, UNDSports.com.
BIG SKY TV
Catch all home games and all conference road games live for FREE on the internet, thanks to Big Sky TV. The free video webstream is available by logging onto bigskyconf.com and clicking on the Big Sky TV button.
FOLLOW UND ON IHEART RADIO
Take North Dakota women's basketball with you wherever you go with KSNR 100.3 FM (CatCountry) on the iheartradio app. Download it to your computer or your smart phone.