North Dakota opens its 2017-18 campaign at nationally-ranked Oregon State, a Friday afternoon affair with the 17th-ranked (WBCA) Beavers. UND will then play future Summit League foe South Dakota State in Brookings, S.D. on Nov. 15 in a lead-up to a Nov. 19 home opener against UMASS.
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.
Bailey Strand (24 to 22) and Kaila Burroughs (32 to 23) are each wearing new numbers this season.
North Dakota will face a pair of nationally-ranked teams, according to the first WBCA poll. North Dakota matches up with 17-ranked Oregon State in the regular season opener then gets third-ranked Baylor on Dec. 5.
*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.
*In the last four seasons, UND has the most overall wins (78), Big Sky wins (52), league road wins (21) and tied for most Big Sky regular season titles (2).
*North Dakota is 893-376 all-time (.704) with three national championships (DII) and 17 conference championships in 43 seasons.
ABOUT OREGON STATE
The Beavers played host to one exhibition contest, a 90-47 win over Concordia Sunday afternoon. Senior Marie Gulich led the Beavers with 21 points, going 9-for-12 from the floor and finishing with nine rebounds. Sophomore Kat Tudor hit five 3-pointers to finish with 19 points, while junior Taylor Kalmer tallied 16 points on 6-for-12 shooting. Sophomore Mikayla Pivec finished the afternoon with an unconventional double-double, tallying 12 assists and 11 rebounds to go with seven points and five steals. Junior Joanna Grymek and freshman Taya Corosdale rounded out the group of five Beavers in double-figures with 10 points apiece.
This will mark the first-ever meeting between these schools.
North Dakota has played five different schools that are part of the current PAC-12, with a 2-6 record against those teams. Those wins came in 1987 against Arizona and UND’s first-ever win over a Power 5 school in its Division I era, a 2012 win at Utah.
12/18/87 W 61-59 (A)
12/09/09 L 43-67 (A)
1/4/11 L 56-67 (A)
11/15/14 L 59-68 (A)
12/21/88 L 72-77 (A)
11/29/91 L 63-68 (H)
11/28/15 L 51-77 (A)
12/29/12 W 62-56 (A)
Junior transfer Melissa Dailey posted a pair of solid outings in her first UND games. She poured in 15 first-half points en route to 17 in the exhibition win over Minnesota Morris then added 16 points in the second exhibition against Minnesota Crookston.
LEXI GOING TO WORK EARLY
Lexi Klabo also posted two solid outings in UND’s exhibition wins. She went for a game-high 17 in the win over the Cougars then posted 20 and 11 to go along with five blocks against the Golden Eagles.
The University of North Dakota women’s basketball program holds an 893-377 (.703) record all-time since the first game was played in 1974. All-time, North Dakota is 493-105 (.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.
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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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 fifth season behind the mic providing the play-by-play. Follow UNDsports.com for affiliates and stations covering the postseason.