|Eastern Washington *|
*UND is 3-2 in Big Sky Conference openers.
*Lexi Klabo has 6 games of 20+ pts this season.
*Klabo is among the league leaders in scoring (19.5 - 4th), rebounding (9.5 - 2nd), blocks (2.8 - 1st), field goal percentage (.479 - 7th) and free throw percentage (.840 - 6th).
*Klabo leads UND with five double-doubles this year (Fallyn Freije - 4).
*UND notched its 900th win in its program’s history with the Dec. 18 win over SMSU.
*North Dakota is 5-0 at home this season.
*UND’s average win margin is 20.0 points in its five home wins.
*UND has 11 straight home wins dating back to last season.
*UND has 498 wins at home all-time.
*Travis Brewster is 6-0 all-time vs. NDSU.
*North Dakota comes into the Big Sky Conference season at 94 in the RPI.
UND opens Big Sky Conference play for the final time, heading to Idaho and Eastern Washington on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.
North Dakota is 0-3 all-time at the Cowan Spectrum, with two of those coming in Big Sky Conference play. It remains just one of two buildings in which UND hasn’t earned a win in league play (at Montana State).
LAST TIME OUT
North Dakota raced out to a 16-point lead after one quarter and held a lead as large as 18, but host South Dakota rallied for a 76-71 win in the non-conference finale in Vermillion, S.D. Lexi Klabo paced UND with 18 points but North Dakota’s 22 turnovers were too much to overcome.
BEATING UP ON THE BIG SKY
In the last four seasons combined, North Dakota has two league regular season titles and a second-place finish. North Dakota will look to add to some impressive numbers this week as well. Since start of 2013-14 season, UND has the most Big Sky wins (52) and the most Big Sky road wins (21) of any league school.
CASE OF THE MONDAYS
UND’s 85-62 win on Mon., Dec. 18 over Southwest Minnesota State was the first played on a Monday in head coach Travis Brewster’s tenure. His records on each day of the week:
North Dakota recorded just eight turnovers as a team in the 79-68 win over North Dakota State Dec. 9. That total is tied for the fewest in head coach Travis Brewster’s tenure at UND. The Fighting Hawks registered eight turnovers in a 73-52 win at Portland State on Feb. 27, 2014.
The win over Southwest Minnesota State pushed UND’s home winning streak to 11 consecutive. UND ran off the final six home games last season and has added wins over UMass, Northern Iowa, NDSU, Mayville State and SMSU this year.
North Dakota is 5-0 at home this season with an average winning margin of 20.0 points per game. All but one of UND’s wins have been by double figures (80-72 vs UNI- Dec. 2).
ALL-TIME VS. IDAHO
The Vandals hold a slim 4-3 edge in the all-time series, including three of the four meetings in Big Sky Conference play. UND is in search of its first win in Moscow, Idaho.
Series with Idaho
UND trails 3-4
Home: 2-1, Away: 0-3, Neutral: 1-0
11/14/11 W 84-54 (H)
12/29/11 L 50-53 (A)
1/3/12 W 78-68 (N)
1/22/15 W 68-62 (H)
12/31/15 L 65-92 (A)
2/13/16 L 59-65 (H)
2/11/17 L 61-74 (A)
ALL-TIME VS. EASTERN WASHINGTON
North Dakota leads the all-time series with the Eagles, 5-3. The teams have split the four meetings in Cheney, Wash., with UND claiming a four-point win there last season to give the Fighting Hawks wins in five of the last six outings against EWU.
Series with EWU
UND leads 5-3
Home: 3-1, Away: 2-2, Neutral: 0-0
1/17/13 L 72-75 (A)
3/2/13 L 58-67 (H)
1/30/14 W 82-60 (H)
3/1/14 W 61-57 (A)
1/24/15 W 96-82 (H)
1/2/16 L 57-60 (A)
2/11/16 W 72-69 (H)
2/9/17 W 75-71 (A)
The Dec. 9 win over NDSU saw some career firsts. It was Mikayla Reinke’s first career start and she also scored her first field goal of her career. Chastity Franklin beat the shot clock for her first triple in a UND uniform and Faith Dooley made her brief debut in a basketball uniform after wrapping up her very successful volleyball career.
North Dakota has now won eight straight over North Dakota State, including all six in the Division I series. The teams will next meet in the regular season next season in The Summit League.
North Dakota (as of Dec. 26) is 94th in the RPI rankings after a tough non-conference schedule. UND finished 129 in the final Ratings Percentage Index last year. A look at where UND has finished in each year eligible in its Division I era:
Juniors Fallyn Freije and Lexi Klabo each recorded double-doubles in the 79-68 win over North Dakota State Dec. 9. The pair also each went over 20+ points with Klabo scoring 23 and Freije etching a new career best with 26 in the win.
THAT’S PRETTY, PRETTY GOOD
Baylor’s Dec. 5th was pretty run of the mill. In fact, the Lady Bears extended their streak of wins over unranked non-conference teams at home to 182 straight. That stretch dates all the way back to 2003.
ONLY GAVE UP TWO TOUCHDOWNS
UND squandered just 14 first-half points to UTSA in the Nov. 25 win. That total was the fewest allowed in a half for North Dakota since an 88-40 win over Dickinson State on Dec. 2, 2014 that saw just 13 second-half points for DSU.
North Dakota held UTSA scoreless for a whopping 10:42 in the Nov. 25 win. The Roadrunners scored with just under seven minutes to go to make it 19-14, didn’t see the scoreboard move until near four minutes were gone in the third quarter and the Hawks had piled up a 36-14 lead.
The Fighting Hawks trailed by 15 with 8:15 left in the third quarter vs. Lamar on Nov. 24 but rallied to win, 73-70. UND was down 13 at the break with 21 turnovers but managed to right the ship and out-score the Cardinals, 23-11 in the third quarter on the way to the win.
PICKIN’ ON THE PANTHERS
Lexi Klabo scored a career-high 29 points in the win over Northern Iowa Dec. 2. She added 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots in the win for her ninth career double-double.
HONORS ROLL IN
Klabo was named the Big Sky Conference’s Player of the Week for her performances in week two of the season. She was also the CollegeSportsMadness.com league player of the week honoree after a pair of double-doubles. She averaged 22.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.5 blocks in games at South Dakota State and against UMass.
REJECTION IS ROUGH
Klabo blocked a career-high eight shots in the win over UMass Nov. 19. That total was the highest single-game total since Jenny Crouse blocked eight shots at North Dakota State Jan. 30, 1999. Crouse is the school’s leading scorer, rebounder and shot blocker all-time, leading UND to three NCAA Division II championships (1997-99).
REMEMBER THE SABBATH
UND’s 82-52 win over UMass was its first on a Sunday in over four years (Nov. 17, 2013 vs. South Dakota). North Dakota had dropped eight straight Sunday tilts until the Nov. 19 win.
The Nov. 19 win over UMass was the first over an Atlantic-10 team for head coach Travis Brewster. The 30-point blowout gave UND its first win over an A-10 team since the 2011-12 season. North Dakota has played just three games against the A-10 since making the Division I transition in 2008-09.
Melissa Dailey, who led UND in scoring in the opener at Oregon State, got going quickly in that game. She took the opening tip to the three-point line and connected just seven seconds after the tip for a fast start to her UND career. It was one of three triples for the junior transfer on the afternoon.
DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS
UND made two trips to Texas this season with a 2-0 trip at the UTSA Thanksgiving Classic followed by a Dec. 5 visit to eighth-ranked Baylor. North Dakota, since transitioning to Division I in 2008-09, has now played 12 games in Texas with an 8-4 mark in those contests.
KLABO PRESEASON ALL-BIG SKY, UND PICKED SECOND
Junior forward Lexi Klabo was named to the Big Sky Conference Preseason Team while her team was picked second by both the media and the coaches in the preseason polls. North Dakota has now been picked in the top two by the coaches in each of the last five preseason prognostications.
UND in the Big Sky preseason coach’s poll
Year Pick Finish
2012-13 6th T9th
2013-14 8th T1st
2014-15 1st T5th
2015-16 2nd T2nd
2016-17 2nd T1st
2017-18 2nd --
TAKING ON ALL COMERS
Two different schools that finished in the top 10 of the Rating Percentage Index (RPI) last season appear on UND’s formidable non-conference slate. Oregon State (Nov. 10) was a 31-5 team that advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 while national power Baylor (Dec. 5), a seven-time defending Big 12 champion, highlight the non-league lineup. Three future Summit League foes dot the schedule as South Dakota State (Nov. 15) and South Dakota (Dec. 21), both of whom were WNIT qualifiers in 2016-17, join North Dakota State (Dec. 9) in key regional matchups.
All told, nearly half of North Dakota’s non-conference schedule is against teams that were in the top 100 (5 of 11). Add Montana State once the league schedule gets underway and UND will have seven total games against top 100 teams and a total of 12 games against teams that made the postseason a year ago.
*12 total games vs. postseason teams from last season (5 NCAA, 2 WNIT, 5 WBI)
*7 games against Top 100 RPI and two in the Top 10 (Oregon State- 6, Baylor- 7, South Dakota State- 45, Montana State (2)- 59, Northern Iowa- 60, South Dakota- 80).
*UND’s nine Division I non-conference opponents combined for a 185-105 (.638) record last season, averaging 21 wins each.
*UND is playing its sixth and final season in the Big Sky Conference before moving to The Summit League in 2018-19.
*North Dakota (4) is the only Big Sky team with an active postseason streak longer than two.
*From 2013-17, UND had the most overall wins (78), Big Sky wins (52), league road wins (21) and tied for most Big Sky regular season titles (2).
FREE TIMES EIGHT
Junior Lexi Klabo knocked down all eight of her free throw attempts in the opener at Oregon State. It marked the second-highest number of free throws she’s made without a miss in her career (10-10 vs. Weber State, Feb. 18, 2017).
TOP OF THE SUMMIT
North Dakota played four Summit League teams last season and boasts a 12-6 all-time mark against that conference in Division I play. UND announced it will move to the Summit beginning with the 2018-19 season.
UND had 17 different 20-point performances last season, led by eight by senior Makailah Dyer. Lexi Klabo delivered her sixth 20-point effort Monday vs. SMSU and UND already has seven this season. Active 20-point games:
Lexi Klabo 10 6
Fallyn Freije 3 1
Jill Morton 1 0
CAN I GET A WIGNESS?
All UND games can be heard live on the UND sports Home of Economy Radio Network, the flagship for UND basketball. Mitch Wigness returns for his sixth season behind the mic providing the play-by-play. Follow UNDsports.com for affiliates and stations covering Fighting Hawks basketball.
FIGHTING HAWKS ON TV
North Dakota will have at least nine games televised nationally, including seven home games. MidcoSN will produce five home games, highlighted by in-state rival North Dakota State on Saturday, Dec. 9. Alex Heinert returns as the play-by-play voice, while former UND women’s basketball player and assistant coach Val (Sannes) Sussex will serve as the analyst.
FSN’s two contests will be produced by UND Athletics staff, professional freelancers and UND students. UND Athletics’ Video Production Coordinator David Folske will produce the broadcasts and Assistant Media Relations Director Mitch Wigness will provide the play-by-play with Sussex handling analyst duties.
All nine games will air nationally on FOX College Sports.
The University of North Dakota women’s basketball program holds a 900-381 (.703) record all-time since the first game was played in 1974. All-time, North Dakota is 498-105 (.826) 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.
HOW TO FOLLOW?
You can follow UND women’s basketball on twitter @UNDWbasketball for in-game scores, notes and links to live stats and how to watch.
FIGHTING HAWKS ON MOBILE
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