North Dakota (6-3) at
No. 21/25 Iowa (11-2)
DATE: Saturday, Dec. 28,2013 | 2:00 p.m. CT
SITE: Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)
RADIO: KSNR 100.3 FM
WEB AUDIO: UNDSports.com
WEB VIDEO: HawkeyeSports.com
LIVE STATS: HawkeyeSports.com
North Dakota, armed with its second three-game winning streak of the season, heads to 21st-ranked Iowa Saturday in the final non-conference game of the season. UND has won six of its last seven games and is looking won 17 straight to finish 27-4.
*UND is 0-1 against the Big Ten this season, losing a heart-breaking 46-44 decision at Minnesota, Dec. 8.
*North Dakota is 13th in NCAA DI in free-throw percentage (.772).
*Makailah Dyer made her first appearance in a UND uniform in North Dakota’s 68-65 win at Northern Colorado Dec. 21.
*UND coaches Travis Brewster (Cedar Rapids) and Mallory Youngblut (Davenport) are each Iowa natives.
ABOUT THE HAWKEYES
Iowa is 11-2 overall on the season and 7-0 at home ... Point guard Samantha Logic is the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week after her amazing performance in a win over Drake last week. She notched her second career triple double with 12 points, 10 assists and 17 rebounds ... Logic leads the Big Ten in assists ... Melissa Dixon paces the team with 15.4 points per game, part of five Hawkeyes averaging double figures in scoring ... Iowa has defeated a pair of ranked opponents this season (#14 Dayton, #22 Colorado).
NINE TIMES? NIIIIINNNE TIMES.
Sophomore transfer Kelsey Knox handed out nine assists in UND’s thrilling 68-65 win at Northern Colorado Dec. 21. She matched the nine put up by fellow backcourt-mate Leah Szabla, who recorded nine dimes in the win over NDSU on Dec. 14. No UND player had previously reached that mark since current assistant coach Mallory Youngblut’s nine-assist effort on March 4, 2010 against Houston Baptist. The last UND player to reach double figures in that category was Danye Guinn, who dished out 11 dimes in a March 7, 2009 win over Houston Baptist.
WE’RE GOING STREAKING!
Sophomore Mia Loyd made all 13 of her free throw attempts last week, aprt of an effort that helped her earn Big Sky Conference Player of the Week accolades. She has now hit 16 straight charity stripe tosses dating back to the NDSU contest Dec. 14.
Since Kelsey Knox has been inserted into the starting lineup, North Dakota is 3-0. She’s played both the point and two-guard positions and has posted 19 assists to just six turnovers in her starts and has added five steals.
Senior Allyssa Wall has scored in double figures in each of the last three games and UND is a perfect 4-0 when she reaches the double digit plateau. Last week at Northern Colorado, the senior surpassed the 800 career point mark (801).
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 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.
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).
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, the most by a
UND ranks fifth in NCAA Division I in blocked shots coming into the weekend. North Dakota averages 6.2 blocks per contest, second-most in the Big Sky Conference. North Dakota has tallied 10 blocks in a game three times this season.
TIS THE SEASON TO BE CHARITABLE
North Dakota leads the league in free throw percentage at .772 through Wednesday. Impressive on its own, but even more considering UND is averaging 24.3 free throw attempts per game, second in the conference next to Southern Utah (24.6).
North Dakota crashes the boards better than its opponents, a +9.4 margin. That rate tops the Big Sky Conference. UND averages 45.1 rebounds per game (1st in Big Sky), but also allows just 35.7 (2nd best) to its opponent on average.
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.
MY OH MIA
Sophomore forward Mia Loyd has already tripled her production from last year from distance, making 3-of-10 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.
Senior Allyssa Wall swatted away five shots in the win over South Dakota, Nov. 17. That mark is one that she has hit six times in her four seasons at UND. For her career, Wall has 154 rejections, fifth-best at the school.
1. Jenny Crouse 494
2. Sandi Walford 187
3. Kierah Kimbrough 181
4. Sheri Kleinsasser 175
5. Allyssa Wall 154
6. Nadine VanDeKerckhove 152
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 821-330 (.713) record all-time since the first game was played in 1974.
All-time, North Dakota is 449-93 (.827) 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 114-24 (.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 -------------------- 4-0
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 (at Iowa State)
*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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