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Updated: Friday 02/05/2014 16:44:08 (ET)
by Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
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Weber State (4-15, 0-10) at North Dakota (14-6, 9-2)

DATE: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. CT
SITE: Grand Forks, N.D. (Betty Engelstad Sioux Center)
WEB VIDEO: & UND Insider
TWITTER: @UNDWBasketball

Idaho State (8-11, 6-4) at North Dakota (14-6, 9-2)
DATE: Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. CT
SITE: Grand Forks, N.D. (Betty Engelstad Sioux Center)
WEB VIDEO: & UND Insider
TWITTER: @UNDWBasketball

North Dakota, who leads the Big Sky Conference by a game-and-a-half, continues its season-long four-game stretch Thursday against Weber State and wrap it up Saturday vs. Idaho State. UND will then play five of its final seven games on the road.

*UND allowed just 13 first-half points to Portland State in Saturday’s win, fewest in a half since Dec. 17, 2008
*UND came into the week tied for 5th in the NCAA in blocks (6.2 bpg)
*North Dakota’s impressive +11.2 rebounding margin leads the Big Sky and is 6th nationally.
*Madi Buck leads the Big Sky Conference with eight double-doubles this season.
*North Dakota has out-rebounded an opponent by 20 or more four different times.
*UND’s 10 turnovers Saturday vs. Portland State were a season-low and fewest since a home win over the Vikings last season (9).
*With a 7-2 mark in January, UND won its most games in that month in its Division I era.

A season after going 0-29, Weber State has four wins to its credit this season, all in the non-conference portion of its schedule ... The Wildcats are a very young team, fielding just a pair of seniors and having three sophomores in the starting five ... Leading their offense is Desiree Ramos, who puts in 13.4 points per contests and hands out nearly five assists per game ... Amanda Hughes contributes 12.8 ppg and a team-best 6.3 rpg .. WSU defeated a pair of non-DI teams in the early season but have also charted wins against Air Force and Utah Valley.

North Dakota won both games last season and is now 3-0 all-time
against Weber State. North Dakota won an 83-72 decision on Jan. 11 this season in Ogden, Utah. Last season, UND took a dominating 73-49 win at home Jan. 5 before a 56-51 Jan. 31st win at Weber.

ISU is a young squad returning two starters with eight newcomers on the roster ... Idaho State played in its second consecutive postseason tournament a year ago, playing in the WNIT a season after winning the league and going to the NCAA Tournament in 2012 ... Lindsey Reed-- the reigning Big Sky Player of the Week--  paces the ISU offense with a 14.9 points per game average while Jessica Tingey (6.7 rpg) and Kara Jenkins (5.7 rpg) are the top rebounders.

North Dakota holds a 2-1 edge in the all-time series which began last season. UND won a scrappy 48-47 contest on Jan. 9 in Pocatello, Idaho earlier this season. The teams split the season series last year with both home teams winning. North Dakota won 64-59 on Jan. 3 for its first-ever Big Sky Conference win and the Bengals took a 60-43 win Feb. 2, 2013 in Pocatello, Idaho.

North Dakota allowed just 13 first-half points to Portland State in a Feb. 1 win in Grand Forks. It marked the lowest point total for a UND opponent in a half since Mayville State scored just 11 in a half on Dec. 17, 2008.

Five different current UND players have now reached the 20-point plateau in a game in their career with four reaching at least 29. A look at the top scoring games for each player.

Madi Buck    37    vs. NDSU (12/14/13)
Megan Lauck    36    at SUU (3/9/13)
Makailah Dyer    29    at Sac State (1/23/14)
Allyssa Wall    29    vs. Houston Baptist (2/2/12)
Mia Loyd    27    at Weber State (1/11/14)

Madi Buck became the 29th UND player to eclipse 1,000 career points in a Jan. 25 win at Northern Arizona. She hit a three from the left wing in the first half to catapult her into quadruple digits. For her career, she has 1,050 points and would need to score 257 points in the final nine regular season games and postseason to move in to 15th place at the school (Mallory Youngblut- 1,307).

Senior Allyssa Wall is the next closest UND player to 1,000 in her career with 865 entering the week. When she scores in double figures this season, UND is a perfect 6-0.

Sophomore Makailah Dyer started the season on a rough note from the free throw line, missing six of her first eight attempts (.250). Since then, however, she has missed just eight in 43 attempts (.814).

With 29 votes (30th) in the CollegeInsider. com Mid-Major poll, UND sees itself receiving votes for the fourth straight week.

UND head coach Travis Brewster already has six three-game winning streaks in his young head coaching career. North Dakota’s most-recent five-game streak was the longest under the second-year coach.

North Dakota checks in at 92 in the latest NCAA RPI rankings, released Monday. That mark is the second-highest in the Big Sky Conference. Three UND opponents appear in the thirties in the rankings this week:

School    RPI
Iowa    31
Iowa State    37
Minnesota    39
North Dakota    92
Sacramento St    103
North Dakota swept its first Big Sky Conference road trip with wins over Idaho State and Weber State on Jan. 9 and 11, respectively. UND is now 5-5 on the road this season, already surpassing last season’s win total in away contests.

North Dakota secured its 300th program road win Saturday at Northern Arizona. In its 39 seasons, UND owns a 300-180 (.625) mark in true road contests, including a 5-5 record this season.

North Dakota crashes the boards better than its opponents, a +11.2 margin. That rate tops the Big Sky Conference and is 6th in the NCAA. UND averages 45.5 rebounds per game (1st in Big Sky), but also allows just 34.2 (1st) to its opponent on average.

Since Kelsey Knox has been inserted into the starting lineup, North Dakota is 11-3. She’s played both the point and two-guard positions and has posted 57 assists to just 32 turnovers in her starts and has added 14 steals.

Sophomore Mia Loyd was named the Big Sky Conference’s Player of the Week Dec. 23 for her efforts in career-setting games. She corralled 22 rebounds in a win over Mayville State and countered with 20 points in the win at Northern Colorado. For the week, she averaged 19.5 points and 18 boards.

Senior Allyssa Wall swatted away five shots in the win over South Dakota, Nov. 17, a season best. That mark is one that she has hit six times in her four seasons at UND. For her career, Wall has 172 rejections, fifth-best at the school.

Career blocks
1. Jenny Crouse    494
2. Sandi Walford    187
3. Kierah Kimbrough    181
4. Sheri Kleinsasser    175
5. Allyssa Wall    172
6. Nadine VanDeKerckhove    152

Senior Madi Buck enjoyed a game for the ages in the win over the Bison Dec. 14. She poured in 37 points and added nine rebounds, three steals, three assists and a block to help UND rally from down seven in the final minutes. Some notes from that win:
*Buck was named the Big Sky Conference co-Player of the Week.
*Her 37 points were tied for seventh-most in UND history.
*Those 37 are the most by a Big Sky player this season to date.
*It was the most points by a UND player since Becky Moen scored 37 vs. Minnesota Crookston on Dec. 20, 2002.
*She racked up 26 of her point total in the second half.
*In the final 2:05 of the game (final four UND possessions), Buck tallied eight points, a rebound and a steal.

UND corralled 60 rebounds in the win over Mayville State, Dec. 18. That total is the most for North Dakota in the Division I era for the school. UND also out-rebounded the Comets by 30, also the largest rebounding margin since North Dakota transitioned in 2008-09.

22 FOR 2
Sophomore forward Mia Loyd gathered a whopping 22 rebounds in the win over Mayville State, Dec. 18. She had already tied her career high in the first half with 13 rebounds before halftime. Here are some notes from that performance:
*22 rebounds tied for second-most by a UND player in a single game.
*She out-rebounded Mayville State in the first half (13-12).
*22 boards most-ever by a UND player at home.
*That total is tied for fourth-most by a DI player this season (as of Dec. 20).

UND has gotten the best of the Summit League, winning all four of its contests over the league in the past three seasons. In 2011-12, North Dakota defeated then-Summit member Southern Utah. Last season, UND bested North Dakota State and this year UND has picked up wins over South Dakota and North Dakota State.

Sophomore forward Mia Loyd has already quadrupled her production from last year from distance, making 4-of-12 from three this season. Last year, her only make was in the season finale at Southern Utah, a huge hit that helped UND erase a 21-point deficit to send the game to overtime.

THREE TO 1,000?
Seniors Allyssa Wall (734), Madi Buck (714) and Megan Lauck (692) all entered the season with a shot at surpassing the 1,000-point plateau this season and would look to become just the third UND trio of teammates to be in four figures in the same season. (1999 (4)- Jenny Crouse, Jaime Pudenz, Tiffany Pudenz, Katie Richards; 1997 (3)- Kelli Britz, Jenny Crouse, Tiffany Pudenz.)
The University of North Dakota women’s basketball team became the first program at UND to defeat a PAC-12 team with a 62-56 win at Utah on Dec. 29, 2012 ... Madi Buck led North Dakota in scoring (10.7 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg) ... Megan Lauck was second in the Big Sky Conference in free throw shooting (.835) ... UND renewed the rivalry with in-state foe North Dakota State, defeating the Bison in Fargo, N.D., 73-63 on Nov. 30 in the first game in the series since 2004 ... North Dakota scored a season-high 94 points in the season finale double-overtime loss at Southern Utah (Mar. 7) ... Lauck scored 36 points in that game, tied for 10th-most by a UND player in a single game.
The University of North Dakota women’s basketball program holds an 829-333 (.713) record all-time since the first game was played in 1974.
All-time, North Dakota is 454-94 (.828) 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 117-25 (.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 -------------------- 9-1

Eastern Washington was selected as the team to beat in the 2013-14 Big Sky Conference Preseason Women’s Basketball Polls. The Eagles garnered six of the 11 first-place votes in the coaches poll and 20 of 30 top nods in a poll of the media. North Dakota was picked eighth by its fellow coaches and ninth by the media that cover the league.

2013-14 SCHEDULE
Regional rivalry games highlight the 2013-14 University of North Dakota women’s basketball schedule. Home tilts against North Dakota State and South Dakota coupled with the first of a three-year series against Minnesota precede the second season of Big Sky Conference play for UND.
2013-14 schedule by the numbers
*75th all-time meeting between UND and NDSU (UND leads, 41-33)
*20 Big Sky Conference games
*16 home games total (2 exhibitions)
*Nov. 10 date of first regular season game
*Nov. 17- regular season home opener (vs. South Dakota)
*13 games against postseason teams (NCAA- Iowa State, Iowa, Montana (2); WNIT- Eastern Washington (2), Idaho State (2), No. Colorado (2), Northern Iowa, Minnesota; WBI- South Dakota.

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