|Thu, Feb 15||Southern Utah *|
|Sat, Feb 17||Northern Arizona *|
*Lexi Klabo has 11 games of 20+ pts this season (15 career).
*Lexi Klabo leads UND with 10 double-doubles this year (Fallyn Freije - 6).
*Klabo goes into the weekend with 941 career points. *UND notched its 900th win in its program’s history with the Dec. 18 win over SMSU.
*North Dakota earned home win No. 500 on Jan. 20 against Northern Colorado (UND Fieldhouse/Hyslop Sports Center, Ralph Engelstad Arena, Betty Engelstad Sioux Center).
*Klabo’s 17 rebounds against UNC Jan. 20 tied a career high. She becomes just the sixth UND player to notch at least 17 rebounds in a game twice in a career (Ashley Langen- 5, Jenny Crouse- 4, Mia Loyd- 3, Pam Solseth- 2, Kami Winger- 2).
*UND head coach Travis Brewster has 100 wins at the helm of the North Dakota program.
North Dakota takes to the road for the next two weekends, heading to Cedar City, Utah to battle Southern Utah Thursday before a Saturday tilt at Northern Arizona. The final road game of the regular season follows on Feb. 24 at Northern Colorado.
LAST TIME OUT
Idaho State shot 55 percent, including 10-of-12 in the third quarter alone, to take a 68-55 win Saturday for its first-ever win at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
Junior Faith Dooley has begun to see her minutes increase, starting each of the last four games. She etched new career highs Feb. 8 against Weber State with six points and seven rebounds in a win.
MAKING SENSE OF THE STANDINGS
UND is three games back of eighth-place Montana State heading into the week, but just 3.5 games out of fifth as four teams all have seven Big Sky Conference wins in the middle of the league standings. In its final five games, UND will be playing the three teams behind them (SUU, NAU, Sac State) as well as seven-win Portland State and current league leader Northern Colorado.
MORE TO MORTON
Noted more as a defensive guru early in her career, junior Jill Morton has shown a knack for carrying much more of the scoring load. She averages just under 11 points per game coming into the weekend and has four 20-point games this season, including a 25-point outburst on Feb. 8 vs. Weber State in which she knocked down five triples.
ONE, SINGLUAR SENSATION
North Dakota held Weber State to one field goal for the entire fourth quarter to roar back for an 80-67 win Feb. 8 at the Betty. WSU was just 1-for-16 in that quarter (6.3 percent) after shooting an incredible 11-for-15 (73.3 percent) in the first quarter.
BLOCK IT OUT
Junior Lexi Klabo is inching among the leaders in blocked shots all-time at UND. She has 53 blocks this season, which is just eight shy of the top 10 in that category. Her 117 blocks place her in the top 10 already in career blocks at North Dakota.
ALL-TIME VS. THE THUNDERBIRDS
UND has won three straight against Southern Utah, including a season sweep last season. In the win at SUU, the Fighting Hawks rallied from down 17 to earn the win. Chastity Franklin charted a new career high with 11 assists in UND’s first-ever win at Centrum Arena.
ALL-TIME VS. NORTHERN ARIZONA
North Dakota is 9-2 all-time against NAU, including a 7-2 mark in Big Sky Conference play. UND’s only two losses have come in NAU’s auxiliary gym, Rolle Arena (2013, 2015). UND is 2-0 all-time in Walkup Skydome.
Head coach Travis Brewster now has nine wins all-time against Weber State, most against a single opponent.
Coach Brewster most wins vs. opponents
Weber State 9-3
Northern Colo. 8-4
Idaho State 8-5
Northern Ariz. 7-2
North Dakota St. 6-0
Portland State 6-4
True freshman Melissa Leet was a spark Jan. 27 vs. Idaho. Leet knocked down both of her three-point attempts, the first threes of her career. She added two more baskets on the way to a career-best 11 points, doubling her season output in the process.
Coach Brewster picked up his 100th career win Feb. 8 against Weber State. Brewster has a pair of 20-win seasons to his credit already with four straight winning seasons coming into this year (all postseason berths).
January 20’s win over Northern Colorado marked the 500th home win for the University of North Dakota women’s basketball team. UND has called the UND Fieldhouse, Hyslop Sports Center, Ralph Engelstad Arena and the Betty Engelstad Arena as home venues in its 44 seasons. UND is 167-38 all-time at the Betty.
UND’s 14-point comeback against Northern Colorado Jan. 20 was the second of its kind this season after North Dakota rallied from down 15 in a win over Lamar on Nov. 24. In head coach Travis Brewster’s tenure at UND, his team has overcome a 10-point deficit or more to win 13 times.
MAMBO NO. 5
Melissa Leet stormed onto the scene Jan. 13 at Weber State, scoring eight points and grabbing seven rebounds. She logged a career-best 18 minutes and was 4-for-8, after starting the season 0-for-7 in eight games.
EIGHT IS ENOUGH
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. North Dakota would duplicate twice more, etching just eight in both games against Idaho (Dec. 28 and Jan. 27).
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.
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.
UND had 17 different 20-point performances last season, led by eight by senior Makailah Dyer. North Dakota has 18 this season, paced by Lexi Klabo, with a team-high 11. Jill Morton poured in 22 on back-to-back games on Jan. 13 at Weber State and Jan. 20 against Northern Colorado for her first 20-point efforts of the season and added a career-high 25 in a win over Weber State Feb. 8.
Lexi Klabo 15 11
Fallyn Freije 6 4
Jill Morton 4 3
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.
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 904-390 (.703) record all-time since the first game was played in 1974. All-time, North Dakota is 502-108 (.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.
North Dakota is 168-39 (.812) 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 -------------------- 15-1
2014-15 -------------------- 10-3
2015-16 -------------------- 12-4
2016-17 -------------------- 11-4
2017-18 -------------------- 9-3
ONE LAST ROAD TO RENO
The Big Sky Conference is in the final year of a three-year agreement that sees its basketball championships held in Reno, Nev. The Big Sky Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships will be played downtown at the Reno Events Center. The REC was constructed in 2005 and can accommodate roughly 5,000 fans in a basketball configuration.
All 12 men’s and women’s teams from the conference will participate in the championship. The tournament starts Mar. 5 and runs through Mar. 12. The league will move its postseason tournament to Boise, Idaho next season while North Dakota moves to The Summit League, which hosts its postseason tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D.
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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