DATE: Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 | 8:00 p.m. CT
SITE: Ogden, Utah | Dee Events Center
RADIO: KSNR 100.3 FM
WEB AUDIO: UNDSports.com
WEB VIDEO: BigSkyTV.org
LIVE STATS: WeberStateSports.com
DATE: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 | 3:00 p.m. CT
SITE: Pocatello, Idaho | Reed Gym
RADIO: KSNR 100.3 FM
WEB AUDIO: UNDSports.com
WEB VIDEO: BigSkyTV.org
LIVE STATS: ISUBengals.com
North Dakota heads back out on the road following a short two-game homestand to open the second half of the Big Sky Conference schedule. UND will be playing its sixth road game in its last eight contests with Saturday's tilt at Idaho State. North Dakota is 2-0 against this week's opponents-- Weber State and Idaho State.
SERIES HISTORY... WEBER STATE & IDAHO STATE
*UND holds 1-0 leads over both teams in their respective all-time series thanks to wins earlier this season.
SEASON'S FIRST MEETING... WITH WEBER STATE
North Dakota got 45 points from its bench in a 73-49 win over the Wildcats in Grand Forks back on Jan. 5. The UND freshmen took the spotlight as each notched new career highs in points. Mia Loyd scored 15 and Josie Dillon connected on three triples for a career-best nine points in the win.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS (0-19, 0-10 Big Sky)
WSU is mired at or near the bottom of nearely every statistical category in the Big Sky, including last in scoring and last in points allowed ... Weber State's leading scorer, Jalen Carpenter, averages 9.1 points per contest in her rookie season and also adds a team-high-tying 7.2 rebounds per game ... Regina Okoye ranks as the top steals getter in the conference to date with 57 on the season (3.0 per game) ... Weber State had lost each of its first 18 games by at least a dozen points until last Saturday's 61-53 decision to second-place Montana.
SEASON'S FIRST MEETING... WITH IDAHO STATE
North Dakota earned its first-ever Big Sky Conference win with a 64-59 victory over ISU at the Betty Englestad Sioux Center on Jan. 3. A second-half 11-0 UND run, highlighted by a steal and end-to-end fastbreak bucket by Emily Evers, proved to be the key momentum builder during that stretch as the home team erased an eight-point deficit.
SCOUTING THE BENGALS (11-8, 6-4 Big Sky)
The Bengals came into the season as the favorite in both the media and coaches polls but are holding onto fifth place at the midway point of the league slate ... ISU boasts four players in the top 30 in scoring in the conference led by Ashleigh Vella's 12.1 average (11th) ... Cydney Horton averages 6.3 boards per contest while Vella adds 6.2 rebounds a game ... Vella's .434 three-point percentage ranks among the leaders in the conference.
UND dropped a close 79-77 contest against Sacramento State but responded nicely with a 70-50 win over Northern Arizona Saturday. The NAU win came after a 41-17 hafltime advantage, UND's largest halftime margin of the season and lowest point total allowed in a single half this year.
Junior Madi Buck regsitered a pair of double-doubles last week during UND's brief two-game home stand. She scored 11 points with 10 rebounds against Sacramento State then had 14 first-half points en route to a 16-point, 11-rebound effort in the win over Northern Arizona. The Bismarck, N.D. native leads North Dakota with five double-doubles this season.
EFFICIENT EMILY EVERS
Sophomore center Emily Evers is second in the Big Sky Conference in field goal percentage with her .545 clip this season. Evers is second on the team in scoring at 9.3 points per game. She tired her career high with 17 points three different times this year-- most recently at Portland State-- before etching 18 against Sacramento State last Thursday.
UND's 41-17 halftime lead against Northern Arizona produced some season bests. That two-dozen advantage was easily the largest at the break this year while the 17 points allowed were the fewest in any half for UND this season.
UND has held the rebounding advantage in each of the last four games after starting the season by getting out-boarded eight out of the first 12 games. Since then, North Dakota has only out-rebounded one time in its last seven contests.
Limiting turnovers has been the key thus far for success as UND is 5-0 when it turns the ball over 15 times or less this season. Additionally, North Dakota has won its last five games in which it its opponent has equal or more turnovers this season.
WON’T BACK DOWN
Through its first 12 games, UND 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.
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 812-320 (.717) 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 443-90 (.831) 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 109-21 (.838) 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 -------------------- 6-3
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
Take North Dakota women’s basketball with you wherever you go with KSNR 100.3 FM (CatCountry) on the iheartradio app. Download it to your computer or your smart phone.
CAN I GET A WIGNESS?
All UND women’s basketball home games during the Big Sky Conference schedule can be heard live on KKXL 1440 AM in Grand Forks while the road contests can be heard on KSNR 100.3 FM Cat Country with Mitch Wigness bringing you the call.