|Nov 15||at South Dakota State|
North Dakota heads to future Summit League foe and former NCC rival South Dakota State in Brookings, S.D. on Nov. 15. UND will then open the home portion of its schedule Sunday against UMASS.
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 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.
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 --
ABOUT SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
South Dakota State is 2-0 on the young season, following up a 92-48 home win over NJIT on Friday with an overtime road win at George Washington Sunday. Macy Miller leads the offensive attack, averaging 20.5 points per game, while adding five boards per contest. Four Jacks are averaging double figures in scoring early with Miller, Madison Guebert (14 ppg), Tylee Irwin (11) and Ellie Thompson (10) helping SDSU to average over 94 points per game as a team.
This will mark the 64th meeting between the schools, but just the second in Division I play. The Jackrabbits were 83-72 winners last season in a blizzardy Dec. 6th win at the Betty.
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 matched 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.
*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).
FIGHTING HAWK DEBUTS
Five players made their UND debuts in the opener at Oregon State: Melissa Dailey, Mikayla Reinke, Akealy Moton, Julia Fleecs and Melissa Leet. The fivesome combined to score 18 of UND’s 55 points.
The University of North Dakota women’s basketball program holds an 893-378 (.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
Take North Dakota women’s basketball with you wherever you go with UNDsports.com’s mobile app. Download it to your computer or your smart phone for free and follow your team wherever they go.
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.
TOP OF THE SUMMIT
North Dakota played four Summit League teams last season and boasts an 11-4 all-time mark against that conference in Division I play. UND announced it will move to the Summit beginning with the 2018-19 season.
11/25/11 vs. Southern Utah* W, 62-61
11/30/12 at North Dakota St. W, 73-63
11/17/13 South Dakota W, 65-61
12/14/13 North Dakota St. W, 88-83
11/26/14 at Omaha W, 72-52
11/29/14 at Western Ill. W, 85-77
12/6/14 at North Dakota St. (ot) W, 90-87
12/21/14 at South Dakota L, 81-86
11/17/15 Omaha W, 67-52
12/8/15 Western Illinois W, 78-67
12/12/15 North Dakota St. W, 71-54
12/19/15 South Dakota L, 70-73
12/6/16 South Dakota St. L, 72-83
12/10/16 at North Dakota St. W, 76-55
3/16/17 at South Dakota L, 55-78
*now in the Big Sky Conference