Sacramento State (16-8, 8-7 Big Sky) at North Dakota (17-8, 12-4)
DATE: Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. CT
SITE: Grand Forks, N.D. (Betty Engelstad Sioux Center)
RADIO: KSNR 100.3 FM
TV: Midco Sports Net/Fox College Sports Central
WEB AUDIO: UNDsports.com
WEB VIDEO: WatchBigSky.com & UND Insider
LIVE STATS: UNDsports.com
*UND dominated on the glass Thursday, out-rebounding NAU, 47-26, the fifth time that UND has had a rebounding edge of 20 or greater against an opponent.
*NAU’s 41 points were the fewest by a UND opponent this season.
*It was the first time this season that UND held an opponent without a 3FG make.
*UND came into the week 11th in the NCAA in blocks (5.8 bpg)
*North Dakota’s +10.9 rebounding margin leads the Big Sky and is 8th nationally.
*Madi Buck leads the Big Sky Conference with eight double-doubles this season.
*Mia Loyd’s six double-doubles rank second.
North Dakota sits atop the Big Sky Conference by a game-and-a-half with four to play coming into Saturday. UND is aiming to improve upon its Big Sky Conference-best 12-1 home record.
UND will be honoring its three seniors playing in front of the home fans for the final time in the regular season. Madi Buck, Allyssa Wall and Katie Houdek will all be recognized BEFORE the game tips Saturday against Sacramento State.
SCOUTING SACRAMENTO STATE
The Hornets came into the week trailing UND by 2.5 games at 8-6 in Big Sky play ... Sac State’s Grinnell-style offense easily leads the league in scoring at 88.4 points per game ... The Hornets have scored over 100 points five times this season and have broken the conference record for points on two different occasions (currently 111 points) ... Sac State leads the league in steals (14.3), assists (17.7) and turnover margin (+9.96) ... Five different Hornets are in the top 30 in scoring, led by Alle Moreno’s 14.5 ppg average ... Fantasia Hilliard’s 6.6 assists per game are tops in the conference.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES WITH THE HORNETS
Sacramento State has won all three games in the all-time series. The Hornets were 110-104 winners earlier this season in Sacramento, Calif. Sac State took both games last season: a 79-77 win at the Betty on Jan. 24 before an 80-64 victory at the Nest on Feb. 14.
YOU'LL GET NOTHING AND LIKE IT
Northern Arizona failed to make a three-point attempt Thursday (0-for-12), becoming the first opponent that UND has held without a make from distance this season. NAU mustered just four total field goals in the second half, all from leading scorer Brittani Lusain.
IT WAS A GOOD DAY
After UND's dominating 71-41 win on Thursday, Weber State and Eastern Washington both handed North Dakota some good news. The Wildcats, fresh off of snapping their 51-game conference losing streak, handed Montana a 56-54 setback while EWU defeated Southern Utah, 57-52 to give UND a 1.5-game lead in the conference standings.