|Weber State *|
|Idaho State *|
*Lexi Klabo has 9 games of 20+ pts this season (13 career).
*Lexi Klabo leads UND with 10 double-doubles this year (Fallyn Freije - 6).
*Klabo goes into the weekend with 899 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 99 wins at the helm of the North Dakota program.
*North Dakota is perfect at home all-time against Idaho State (5-0).
North Dakota welcomes first-place Weber State to the Betty Englestad Sioux Center Thursday for a battle against Idaho State Saturday for Senior Day. UND will honor its lone senior, Chastity Franklin, in a pregame ceremony.
LAST TIME OUT
Taylor Goligoski’s jumper with 2.2 seconds left lifted host Montana to a 53-51 win at Dahlberg Arena. UND rallied from down 10 in the fourth quarter to tie it at 51-all with 24 seconds to play on Fallyn Freije’s three-point play, part of her game-high 19 points.
STARTING TO HAVE FAITH
Junior Faith Dooley made her first career starts last week at Montana State and Montana. Dooley played a career-high 14 minutes Saturday against the Lady Griz.
TIGHT AT THE TOP
Weber State sits a half-game in front of the pack in the Big Sky Conference standings at 8-2. Three teams are a half-game back at 8-3 (Nothern Colorado, Idaho, Montana) while Montana State, Eastern Washington and Idaho State all have just four losses to remain within striking distance.
ALL-TIME VS. WEBER STATE
North Dakota is 8-3 all-time against the Wildcats, with two of those losses coming at the Betty. UND won last year at home, 83-67.
LAST TIME VS. WEBER STATE
Weber State went on a first-quarter-ending 14-2 run and never looked back, defeating North Dakota for the first time at Dee Evnets Center, 80-69, Jan. 13. UND was led by junior Jill Morton’s career-high 22 points but it was not enough as the Wildcats won for just the third time in 11 all-time meetings between the schools. True freshman Melissa Leet scored the first points of her career, going 4-for-8 for eight points, adding seven rebounds for North Dakota. Junior Fallyn Freije recorded a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds), despite playing through foul trouble for the duration.
North Dakota held the lead at 5-4 on a Morton three, but the Wildcats responded with 12 straight points and closed the quarter on a 14-2 run to claim an 18-7 advantage through 10 minutes. From there, the teams each scored 62 points over the final three quarters, but North Dakota found itself trying to dig out of that early hole throughout the contest.
Weber State had four players score in double figures, led by Larryn Brooks’ 19. Emily Drake added 18 while Jai’moni Welch-Coleman chipped in 17 and Kallie Quinn recorded 12 in the win.
ALL-TIME VS. IDAHO STATE
Despite a 57-46 setback earlier this season in Pocatello, Idaho, the Fighting Hawks are 8-4 all-time against the Bengals. North Dakota is a perfect 5-0 at the Betty against ISU.
LAST TIME VS. IDAHO STATE
North Dakota made just 12 field goals and host Idaho State was able to pull out a 57-46 win on Jan. 11 at Reed Gym. UND had six three-pointers but only six two-point baskets in the loss.
ISU’s Brooke Blair scored a game-high 21, including a bulk in the fourth quarter from the free throw line as ISU hit 11-of-12 from the charity stripe in the final quarter to pull away. Prior to all the free throws (25 combined attempts by both teams in the fourth), North Dakota had whittled the deficit down to three on a Jill Morton triple at 42-39 midway through the fourth, but drew no closer.
Melissa Dailey and Morton each had nine points to pace the Fighting Hawks.
Two players fouled out and six others finished with four fouls as the teams combined for 52 personals in the game. Idaho State collected just its fourth win over UND in 12 tries.
Head coach Travis Brewster has eight wins all-time against this week’s opponents, tied for most against a single opponent.
Coach Brewster most wins vs. opponents
Weber State 8-3
Idaho State 8-4
Northern Colo. 8-4
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 is nearing a personal milestone as his next win will be the 100th coaching victory of his career. Coach 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.
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:
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.
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 had 17 different 20-point performances last season, led by eight by senior Makailah Dyer. Lexi Klabo has a team-high nine 20-point games already this season. 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.
Lexi Klabo 13 9
Fallyn Freije 6 4
Jill Morton 3 2
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 903-389 (.703) record all-time since the first game was played in 1974. All-time, North Dakota is 501-107 (.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 167-38 (.815) 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 -------------------- 8-2
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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