DATE: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 | 8:00 p.m. CT
SITE: Missoula, Mont. | Dahlberg Arena
RADIO: KSNR 100.3 FM (Mitch Wigness)
WEB AUDIO: UNDSports.com
WEB VIDEO: UNDSports.com | BigSkyTV.org
LIVE STATS: gogriz.com
DATE: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 | 3:00 p.m. CT
SITE: Bozeman, Mont. | Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
RADIO: KSNR 100.3 FM (Mitch Wigness)
WEB AUDIO: UNDSports.com
WEB VIDEO: BigSkyTV.org
LIVE STATS: MSUBobcats.com
UND-- winners of three straight-- will open a four-game road swing in Montana Thursday, part of six of the next eight away from home. North Dakota already owns a four-game winning streak this season and will be aiming to match that against the Lady Griz.
LAST TIME OUT
The UND bench combined to score 45 points-- including career bests from both of its freshmen-- in a 73-49 win over Weber State Saturday afternoon at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Mia Loyd led all scorers with 15 points while Josie Dillon connected on three triples to pave the way for the UND reserves.
SCOUTING THE LADY GRIZ (9-4, 3-1 Big Sky)
Montana sits just a half-game behind Big Sky leader Northern Colorado, one of three schools tied for second place with a 3-1 league mark ... UM is tied for the top spot in the Big Sky in scoring margin (+7.5) ... UM’s turnover margin is +6.77, turning opponents over at an 18.2 clip on average and only returning the favor 11.5 times per game, easily the lowest turnover total in the league ... Kenzie De Boer leads the Lady Griz in scoring with her 14.4 points per game average, fourth-best in the conference ... Katie Baker (2.1 bpg) and Carly Selvig (2.0 bpg) are second and third in the Big Sky in blocks per game.
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS (7-6, 3-1 Big Sky)
MSU is also 3-1 in conference play, tied with UM and Eastern Washington for second place heading into the weekend ... Montana State boasts the top team field goal percentage in the league so far this season (.418) ...MSU averages 65.6 points per game and allows just 58.1 on defense ... Rachel Semansky, the reigning conference player of the week, leads the squad with a 14.4 points per game average ... Kalli Durham adds 13.9 ppg ... Semansky’s .593 field goal percentage sets the pace in the Big Sky.
SERIES HISTORY... MONTANA
UM leads the all-time series between the schools, 3-1 ... UND lone win came on a neutral floor back in 1984 (at MSU-Billings) ... The teams have met in each of the past two seasons with Montana grabbing double-digit wins on each occasion (60-39 last season, 69-59 in 2010-11) ... Montana will make its first visit to North Dakota in the series on Feb. 9.
SERIES HISTORY... MONTANA STATE
MSU, thanks to three straight wins, leads the all-time series, 3-2 ... UND played a home-and-home with the Bobcats two seasons ago, falling 67-63 and 70-54 ... The first game in the series was a commanding 80-47 UND win back on Dec. 18, 1976 at North Dakota State.
Through games of Jan. 6, UND ranked 35th in all of NCAA Division I in blocked shots per game, turning aside 4.9 shots on average. Sophomore center Emily Evers leads the charge with her 1.85 bpg clip, good for 52nd in the nation.
UND freshmen Mia Loyd and Josie Dillon made their marks in the 73-49 win over Weber State Saturday. Both players recorded career highs as UND etched 45 bench points. Loyd tallied 15 points to lead all scorers while Dillon tripled three times for a new career-high point total (9).
SIX OF ONE, HALF DOZEN OF ANOTHER...
Loyd’s 15-point effort gave UND its sixth different leading scorer in a game this season. Madi Buck (4) and Emily Evers (4) lead the pack, followed by Megan Lauck (3), Nicole Smart (2) and Katie Houdek (1).
GOT TO BE STARTING SOMETHING...
UND’s starting five of Brianna Williams, Nicole Smart, Megan Lauck, Madi Buck and Emily Evers has combined to go 6-1 this season when they start together. UND started nine different players this season and has had six different starting combinations.
WON’T BACK DOWN
Last Thursday’s matchup with Idaho State was the eighth against a postseason team from a season ago for UND. Through its first 12 games, UND has played a pair of teams that made the NCAA Tournament and six more that advanced to the WNIT last year.
NCAA- Iowa State, Idaho State; WNIT- Harvard, Duquesne, South Florida, Drake, Northern Colorado, Utah.
ABOUT THE SCHEDULE...
UND’s has played five teams in the top 104 in RPI (as of Jan. 9) in NCAA Division I. Three of those teams have three losses or less, including #20 Iowa State, who is 11-1. See the pdf for a look at some of the tough non-conference slate below and their updated records and RPI (according to RPIratings.com) as of Jan. 9.
BUCK STARTS HERE
Junior forward Madi Buck was recognized as the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week Jan. 2 for her performance in UND’s 62-56 upset win at Utah Dec. 29. The Bismarck, N.D. native scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed six rebounds to go along with a career-high five blocked shots in the win. She became the second North Dakota player to earn the award after Emily Evers grabbed honors earlier in the season.
“CENTER” OF ATTENTION
Sophomore center Emily Evers was named co-Big Sky Conference Player of the Week Dec. 10. Evers broke out in the win over Air Force last Tuesday by establishing new career bests with 17 points and 15 rebounds in the blowout victory over the Falcons. She also added two assists and a pair of blocks in just 14 minutes of action. She followed that performance with another 17-point effort in Saturday’s overtime win against Drake. She notched yet another double-double-- her third of her career-- with 10 rebounds as well. Evers chipped-in four blocks and two steals and sealed the win in the final second of overtime with a free throw make.
UND’s OVERTIME OVER TIME
Before its Dec. 8 win over Drake, North Dakota had not played in an overtime contest since a 81-79 win at South Dakota back on Jan. 13, 2007. With the win over the Bulldogs, UND extended its overtime winning streak to three straight with its last loss in an overtime game a Mar. 15, 2004 defeat in the NCAA Division II North Central Regional Final against South Dakota State (72-70). All time, UND is now 14-9 in games decided in extra frames, including a perfect 3-0 mark when it goes beyond one extra period.
A BIT ABOUT LAST SEASON (21-11)
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 811-315 (.720) record all-time since the first game was played in 1974.
The season-opening loss to Harvard pushed UND’s record in season openers to 29-8 all-time. North Dakota is now 19-5 in season openers at home, including losses each of the past two seasons.
The home 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.
PROTECT AND SERVE
All-time, North Dakota is 442-89 (.832) 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 BET!
North Dakota is 108-20 (.844) 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 -------------------- 5-2
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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 got a boost over the semester break, announcing a big addition to its roster. Makailah Dyer will be joining the squad after transferring from the University of Wisconsin. Dyer is the cousin of current UND men’s basketball player Troy Huff. She was a two-time Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association all-state honoree as a prep. She also earned 2011 Second Team All-State honors by the Associated Press for Coach James Adams at Madison East High School, averaging 24.6 points per game as a senior, ranking second in the state. She racked-up 1,517 points (18.7 ppg) in her prep career and was a three-time all-area and all-conference selection.