North Dakota (16-6, 11-2 Big Sky) at Montana State (11-10, 6-6)
DATE: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 | 8:00 p.m. CT
SITE: Bozeman, Mont. (Worthington Arena)
RADIO: KSNR 100.3 FM
WEB AUDIO: UNDsports.com
WEB VIDEO: WatchBigSky.com
LIVE STATS: MSUBobcats.com
North Dakota (16-6, 11-2 Big Sky) at Montana (14-7, 8-4)
DATE: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. CT
SITE: Missoula, Mont. (Dahlberg Arena)
RADIO: KSNR 100.3 FM
WEB AUDIO: UNDsports.com
WEB VIDEO: WatchBigSky.com
LIVE STATS: gogriz.com
North Dakota puts its season-high-tying five-game winning streak on the line when it heads to Montana State and Montana, respectively this week. The trip to the Treasure State kicks off a stretch that sees UND play five of its final seven regular season games on the road. North Dakota goes to MSU Thursday with a 2.5-game lead in the Big Sky Conference standings.
*North Dakota has out-rebounded its opponent in 12 straight games.
*UND came into the week 6th in the NCAA in blocks (6.0 bpg)
*North Dakota’s impressive +11.1 rebounding margin leads the Big Sky and is 7th nationally.
*Madi Buck leads the Big Sky Conference with eight double-doubles this season.
*Mia Loyd’s six double-doubles rank second.
*North Dakota has out-rebounded an opponent by 20 or more four different times.
*UND can clinch a postseason spot in the league tournament with a win and a Portland State loss.
SCOUTING MONTANA STATE
The Bobcats have lost five straight to tumble from first place to seventh place at 6-6 in league play, just a half-game ahead of Northern Colorado (6-7) for the final playoff spot in the Big Sky Conference standings ... Ashley Brumwell (13.3 ppg) and Jasmine Hommes (13.2 ppg) are the Bobcats’ leading scorers ... Montana State is second in the league in turnover margin, averaging just under 15 turnovers per game while causing nearly 18 turnovers a game.
ALL-TIME SERIES WITH THE BOBCATS
MSU leads the all-time series, 5-3, after the Bobcats took a 76-65 win earlier this season in Grand Forks ... That is UND’s lone home loss to date this year ... The team split the series last season ... Montana State won at home, 64-49, and North Dakota defended its home court, 62-55, on Feb. 7 ... That win snapped a four-game losing streak to the Bobcats that dated back to the 2008-09 season.
UM comes into the week trailing UND by 2.5 games in a tie for second place in the Big Sky Conference standings ... Montana allows just 62.2 points per game, best in the league ... The Griz allow opponents to shoot just 37.2 percent from the floor, lowest in the Big Sky ... Kellie Cole paces the offense with her 14.4 points per contest ... Jordan Sullivan is their top rebounder (7.4 rpg) ... Cole and Sullivan are the top two 3-point shooters in the conference at .457 and .446, respectively.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES WITH THE LADY GRIZ
Montana owns a 5-2 lead in the all-time series ... UND’s 62-57 win in Grand Forks on Jan. 16 snapped a four-game losing streak in the series ... UM won both games last season, taking a 77-45 win in Missoula, Mont., and a 61-42 victory in Grand Forks.
North Dakota has racked up an impressive 7-2 mark in games decided by five points or less this season. The only two losses in that scenario have come at Northern Iowa (61-56) and at Minnesota (46-44).
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.
CLEANING THE GLASS
The top two rebounders in the Big Sky Conference are each UND players. Mia Loyd (9.3 rpg) tops the league while Madi Buck (8.4) gives North Dakota a formidable duo on the glass.
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 1,080 points and would need to score 227 points in the final seven regular season games and postseason to move in to 15th place at the school (Mallory Youngblut- 1,307).
NEXT UP TO 1,000?
Senior Allyssa Wall is the next closest UND player to 1,000 in her career with 876 entering the week. When she scores in double figures this season, UND is a perfect 6-0.
UND’s current five-game winning streak is already its second of the season. North Dakota rattled off five straight wins from Jan. 2 to Jan. 16 with Montana State proving to be the spoiler on Jan. 18 with its 76-65 win in Grand Forks.
RETURN OF THE MAK
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 gone 39-for-49 (.796).
With 28 votes (28th) in the CollegeInsider. com Mid-Major poll, UND sees itself receiving votes for the fifth straight week.
UND head coach Travis Brewster already has six three-game winning streaks in his young head coaching career. North Dakota’s current five-game streak is tied for the longest under the second-year coach (both this season).
REPPING THE RPI
North Dakota checks in at 104 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 top 50 in the rankings this week:
Iowa State 48
Sacramento St 101
North Dakota 104
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 +11.1 margin. That rate tops the Big Sky Conference and is 7th 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.
KNOX, KNOX... WHO’S THERE?
Since Kelsey Knox has been inserted into the starting lineup, North Dakota is 13-3. She’s played both the point and two-guard positions and has posted 70 assists to just 40 turnovers in her starts and has added 18 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 175 rejections, tied with Sheri Kleinsasser for fourth-most at the school. She needs just 12 more to lay claim to second place in program history.
1. Jenny Crouse 494
2. Sandi Walford 187
3. Kierah Kimbrough 181
4. Sheri Kleinsasser 175
Allyssa Wall 175
6. Nadine VanDeKerckhove 152
CRASHING THE BOARDS
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.
MY OH MIA
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.
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).
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.
TOP OF THE SUMMIT
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.
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.)
A BIT ABOUT LAST SEASON (11-18)
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 831-333 (.713) record all-time since the first game was played in 1974.
All-time, North Dakota is 456-94 (.829) 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 119-25 (.826) 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 -------------------- 11-1
UND EIGHTH, NINTH IN BIG SKY POLLS
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.
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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