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North Dakota State is scheduled to hit the road for a pair of Summit League games this week at Fort Wayne on Thursday and at Oakland on Saturday.
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Bison Women Travel to Fort Wayne, Oakland

Courtesy: NDSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: January 08, 2013

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North Dakota State (5-10, 1-2 Summit League) is scheduled to hit the road for a pair of Summit League games this week ... NDSU will play Fort Wayne (5-10, 1-2 Summit League) at 6 p.m. CT Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Hilliard Gates Sports Center (2,000) ... The Bison defeated Kansas City 59-48 on Jan. 5, while the Mastodons lost at Omaha 60-50 ... NDSU will play Oakland University (7-8, 1-2 Summit League) at 1 p.m. CT Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Athletics Center O’rena (3,000) ... The Golden Grizzlies lost 59-41 at Omaha on Jan. 3 ... NDSU, Fort Wayne and Oakland are in a four-way tie for fifth place in The Summit League standings ... North Dakota State ranks 15th nationally in free throw shooting, hitting 172 of 225 attempts for 76.4 percent ... Five-foot-eight senior Katie Birkel ranks 20th on the NDSU all-time scoring list with 1,213 points.

The Series
This will be the 16th meeting between North Dakota State and Fort Wayne ... NDSU leads the series 12-3 ... The Bison won both meetings last season ... NDSU won 77-70 on Dec. 29, 2011, in Fargo ... Jamie Van Kirk scored a career-high 24 points ... The Bison won 64-50 on Jan. 30, 2012, at Fort Wayne ... Dani DeGagne scored 16 points ... This will be the 14th meeting between North Dakota State and Oakland ... The Golden Grizzlies lead the series 9-4 ... NDSU won 78-65 on Dec. 31, 2011, in Fargo ... Oakland won 68-52 on Jan. 28, 2012, at Rochester, Mich.

Bison On Radio
Thursday’s Fort Wayne game will be on 740 AM The Fan ... Radio Fargo Moorhead sports director Jack Michaels will handle the call ... There is a 20 minute-pregame and a 20-minute postgame .... Pregame starts at 5:40 p.m. CT with a 6 p.m. CT tipoff ... Saturday’s Oakland game will be on 740 The Fan ... Radio Fargo Moorhead sports director Jack Michaels will handle the call ... There is a 20 minute-pregame and a 20-minute postgame ... Pregame starts at 12:40 p.m. CT with a 1 p.m. tipoff ... Scott Miller hosts Bison Feedback on KFGO-AM 790 featuring women’s basketball coach Carolyn DeHoff and men’s basketball coach Saul Phillips on Mondays 7-8 p.m.

At Home With the Bison
North Dakota State has compiled a 404-72 (.849) record at home, including a 101-33 mark inside the “Friendly Confines” over the past 10 seasons good for a .754 winning percentage ... NDSU is 4-4 at home ... The Bison are averaging 756 fans over eight home dates this season including a season high 2,709 against North Dakota on Nov. 30.

Bison In The Summit League Statistics
North Dakota State was represented in the Summit League statistics released Jan. 6, 2013 (league games only) ... Individually in the top 10, Dani DeGagne is 2nd in rebounding (9 rpg), 4th in scoring (16 ppg) and 7th in minutes played (34.7 avg/g); Katie Birkel is 5th in minutes played (36 avg/g); Jamie Van Kirk is 7th in free throw shooting (.875, 7-8) and Liz Keena is 10th in field goal shooting (.500, 11-22) ... Team-wise (top three), the Bison were 2nd in turnovers per game (13 avg/g).

Birkel Moving Up Career Charts
North Dakota State 5-foot-8 senior Katie Birkel is moving up the career charts ... Birkel, who missed last season due to a knee injury, has moved up to 20th on the all-time scoring list with 1,213 points ... She is averaging 11.9 points per game during her career ... Birkel has started all 102 games played, 5th all-time ... She is 1st in minutes played per game (33.4 avg/g), 5th in three-point field goals attempted (362), 8th in steals per game average (1.8 avg/g) and in assists per game average (3 avg/g), tied for 9th in three-point field goals made (115) and 10th in steals (182) ... Birkel has played 3,408 minutes over 102 games.

Linz’ Career Comes to a Close
North Dakota State head coach Carolyn DeHoff announced Jan. 3 that the career of senior guard Hannah Linz has come to a close ... Linz has experienced a recurrence of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and will begin treatment for the cancer ... Linz was originally diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma on April 8, 2010, following her freshman season with the Bison ... “We have witnessed firsthand Hannah’s fight to beat it the first time and see this setback as nothing different in her approach to win the battle with cancer this time,” said DeHoff. “We ask that you keep her in your thoughts and prayers and respect Hannah’s privacy at this time.” ... Linz (Watkins, Minn.) played in 100 games for the Bison since the start of the 2009-10 season, averaging 6.5 points per game ... She was the only NDSU player to start all 31 games last season, finishing the year ranked 12th nationally in three-point accuracy at 39.9 percent ... Linz is No. 2 all-time at NDSU with 156 three-pointers made ... She is a three-time selection to the Summit League All-Academic Team ... Linz plans to complete her education at NDSU and graduate with a degree in nursing.

Bison Coaches Corner
Bison Coaches Corner featuring women’s basketball coach Carolyn DeHoff and men’s basketball coach Saul Phillips can be seen weekly during The Summit League season exclusively on GoBison.com ... The show feature game footage and call of the game (home weekends), player features and analysis from both Phillips and DeHoff ... Bison Coaches Corner is hosted by NDSU director of athletic broadcasting/sales Jeremy Jorgenson and directed by Ryan Nelson, a senior broadcast journalism major from Roseau, Minn.

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