Game notes: UND women eyeing .500 mark Saturday
DATE: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 | 2:00 p.m. CT
SITE: Grand Forks, N.D. | Betty Engelstad Sioux Center
RADIO: KSNR 100.3 FM (Mitch Wigness)
WEB AUDIO: UNDSports.com
WEB VIDEO: UNDSports.com | BigSkytv.org
LIVE STATS: UNDSports.com
SERIES HISTORY ... JAMESTOWN
Overall: UND leads, 19-0
Streak: UND- W19
Last: at UND 57, Jamestown 47 (1/12/12)
*Series began in 1982
*All but one (1999) have been played in Grand Forks
*Average score-- UND 84, Jamestown 51
*Last year’s game was second-closest in the series
North Dakota looks to climb back to .500 Saturday when it entertains Jamestown College at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. UND will have just one non-conference game remaining after Saturday, a Dec. 29 trip to the University of Utah.
SCOUTING THE JIMMIES
Jamestown is 10-1 heading into a Friday night matchup with Presentation College. Saturday’s tilt at UND will be an exhibition for Jamestown. Bridget Schuneman is the Jimmies’ leading scorer at 11.2 per contest followed by 10.3 from Hannah Steele.
LAST MEETING WITH THE JIMMIES
Madi Buck scored 15 points and recorded four blocks to lead host UND past Jamestown Collge, 57-47 on Jan. 12th of last season. North Dakota overcame a sluggish start to post the victory, its 19th straight in the all-time series. UND shot just 29.4 percent in the win, but turned Jamestown over 22 times for 19 of its points.
North Dakota will open Big Sky Conference play next Thursday with a home game against fellow Big Sky rookie Southern Utah. Following that game, UND will make a quick trip to Northern Colorado to face the Bears on Dec. 22. UND will play six of its next eight games on the road after the Big Sky opener on Dec. 20.
LAST TIME OUT
Senior Nicole Smart drained a 3-pointer late in overtime to lift North Dakota to a 67-63 victory over Drake on Saturday at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Smart’s second trey of the game broke a 63-63 tie with 10 seconds left and gave her squad its third straight win. Emily Evers finished with 17 points an 10 rebounds for her second straight double double.
“CENTER” OF ATTENTION
Sophomore center Emily Evers was named co-Big Sky Conference Player of the Week Monday. 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, with a win Saturday, would have a very similar start to the season as a year ago. Both teams lost their opener and would have both four-game winning and losing streaks in their first nine games. Last season’s team went 15-3 in the 2012 calendar year and had a 12-game win streak to close-out the regular season and conference tournament.
There will be a familiar face on the Jamestown sidelines when the Jimmies make the trek to Grand Forks Saturday. Head coach Greg Ulland was a UND women’s basketball assistant coach for four years (2006-10) and also spent two years on the UND football staff (2003-04). Ulland, a Jamestown College Hall of Famer, is in his third season back with the Jimmies and led his team to the Sweet 16 of the NAIA tournament a season ago with a stellar 27-5 record.
IN THE “NIC” OF TIME
Senior Nicole Smart had some defining moments of clutch in the overtime win over Drake Saturday. In the final possession of regulation, Smart blocked a shot to send the game to an extra frame then nailed a triple with under 10 seconds left in overtime to seal it. Smart leads North Dakota with 12 threepointers this season, eight of those coming in this three-game UND win streak.
UND’s OVERTIME OVER TIME
Before Saturday’s 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.
According to RPI and Strength of Schedule guru Jeff Sagarin, UND’s 2012-13 schedule through four games ranked 10th in all of NCAA Division I. All four opponents were ranked in the top 102 in RPI.
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 807-313 (.721) 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 439-88 (.833) 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 105-19 (.847) 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 -------------------- 2-1
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.
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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.