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Updated: Tuesday 12/31/2013 12:42:51 (ET)
by Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
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Southern Utah (7-2, 1-0 Big Sky)
at North Dakota (6-4, 1-0 Big Sky)
DATE: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. CT
SITE: Grand Forks, N.D. (Betty Engelstad Sioux Center)
TV: Midco Sports Net/Fox College Sports (DirecTV 623)
TWITTER: @UNDWBasketball

Northern Colorado (5-5, 0-2 Big Sky)
at North Dakota (6-4, 1-0 Big Sky)
DATE: Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. CT
SITE: Grand Forks, N.D. (Betty Engelstad Sioux Center)
TV: Midco Sports Net/Fox College Sports
TWITTER: @UNDWBasketball

The 2014 calendar year begins with UND returning to Big Sky Conference play and hosting Southern Utah and Northern Colorado in televised games Thursday and Saturday, respectively. North Dakota and SUU are the lone teams to etch Big Sky wins thus far, each beating Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo. before the Christmas break.

*North Dakota is 5-5 all-time at home in Big Sky Conference play.
*UND is seventh in NCAA in blocks (6.1 bpg)
*Mia Loyd ranks 24th in rebounding in NCAA (11.0 rpg).
*Loyd’s 22 rebounds vs. Mayville State are 5th-most by a DI player this season.
*UND’s 75.1 free throw percentage checks in at 25th in the nation.

The TBirds are the second-leading scoring team in the Big Sky Conference coming into the week (73.5 ppg) ... They are also the second-leading rebounding team in the league (+5.7) behind only North Dakota (+8.2) ... Senior Carli Moreland is their leading scorer at 11.6 points per contest ... Moreland is also fourth in the conference in rebounding (7.7 rpg) ... Senior Andrea Jones has made her first 24 free throws of the season to pace the conference ...  SUU is 4-2 in true road contests this year.

SUU holds a slim 2-1 edge in the all-time series between the schools after taking both meetings last year ... Both games last year were the first in Big Sky play for each team and both games were closely-contested games (60-54 and 95-94 2OT).

UNC opened the Big Sky Conference schedule with a 75-63 home loss to Southern Utah Dec. 19 before UND handed the Bears a second straight league defeat two days later, 68-65 ... UND sophomore Mia Loyd had a career-best 20 points in the win ... UNC senior forward Molly Duehn recorded the first double-double of her career with a season-high 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds in the loss vs. SUU ... Stephanie Lee leads the Big Sky in scoring in the early going with her 21.2 points per game average ... Lee also leads the league with her 2.8 blocks per game and chips in 5.1 rebounds per contest (third on team) ... Leading scorer and rebounder from last season-- D’shara Strange-- is redshirting the 2013-14 season ... UNC has qualified for the postseason three straight seasons (WBI once, WNIT twice) ... The Bears have a Big Sky Conference regular season championship (2011) and a pair of tournament championship appearances (2012, 2013) in that time frame.

North Dakota has dominated the all-time series, 32-4, with UNC holding a 2-1 edge in the Division I era. UND started the series with 16 straight wins before UNC won a 68-66 decision in UND’s first NCAA Division II national championship season (1997).

North Dakota boasts seven different free throw shooters at or above 80 percent for the season. Starters Mia Loyd (.816), Madi Buck (.810) and Allyssa Wall (.810) are all in that mix. The starting five (Loyd, Buck, Wall, Leah Szabla and Kelsey Knox) are all above 70 percent and shoot .791 (136-of-172) combined from the charity stripe.

Sophomore Mia Loyd not only leads the conference with four double-doubles this season, she is averging a double-double for the season. Heading into Thursday’s tilt, the Minneapolis, Minn., native is averaging 13.4 points (tied ninth in the Big Sky) and 11.0 rebounds (1st in league) per contest.

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.

UND ranks seventh in NCAA Division I in blocked shots coming into the weekend. North Dakota averages 6.1 blocks per contest, second-most in the Big Sky Conference. North Dakota has tallied 10 blocks in a game three times this season.

North Dakota crashes the boards better than its opponents, a +9.4 margin. That rate tops the Big Sky Conference. UND averages 44.3 rebounds per game (1st in Big Sky), but also allows just 36.1 (2nd best) to its opponent on average.

Sophomore Mia Loyd made all 13 of her free throw attempts in her Big Sky Conference Player of the Week efforts against Mayville State (Dec. 18) and Northern Colorado (Dec. 21). She has now hit 17 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 3-1. She’s played both the point and two-guard positions and has posted 21 assists to just seven turnovers in her starts and has added five steals.

When senior Allyssa Wall scores in double figures, UND is a perfect 4-0. Last week at Northern Colorado, the senior surpassed the 800 career point mark and she sits at 809 for her career.

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 155 rejections, fifth-best at the school.

Career blocks
1. Jenny Crouse    494
2. Sandi Walford    187
3. Kierah Kimbrough    181
4. Sheri Kleinsasser    175
5. Allyssa Wall    155
6. Nadine VanDeKerckhove    152

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.)
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 821-331 (.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

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.
2013-14 SCHEDULE
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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