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North Dakota State is scheduled to host Oakland University at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, and Fort Wayne at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, for a pair of Summit League games in the Bison Sports Arena.
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Bison Women Host Oakland, Fort Wayne This Weekend

Courtesy: NDSU Athletic Media Relations
Release: February 05, 2013

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North Dakota State (8-14, 4-6 Summit League) is scheduled to host Oakland University (8-13, 2-7 Summit League) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 in the Bison Sports Arena (5,830) ... The Bison earned a split on the road last week, dropping a 62-60 decision on a last-second shot at Kansas City and defeating South Dakota 57-50 as Katie Birkel and Dani DeGagne combined to score 41 points ... The Golden Grizzlies are in ninth place in the league standings, NDSU is tied for sixth ... North Dakota State is scheduled to host Fort Wayne (8-13, 4-5 Summit League) at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 ... The Mastodons are in fifth place in the league standings ... Saturday has been designated as the WBCA “Play4Kay” game ... Previously known as the WBCA Pink Zone, “Play 4Kay” is an initiative that unites a nation of coaches raising breast cancer awareness for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond ... Edith Sanford Breast Health will be on hand to pass out pink mini-flags to the first 200 fans ... The Bison will wear pink uniforms ... The cheer team and Thundar will be wearing pink accessories ... Fans are encouraged to wear pink ... Head coach Carolyn DeHoff will donate $1 per fan in attendance Saturday with proceeds going to Edith Sanford Breast Health ... NDSU will also celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday ... Bison women’s athletic teams will be signing autographs and fans will receive a commemorative poster ... North Dakota State ranks 14th in the NCAA in free throw shooting, hitting 247 of 322 attempts for 76.7 percent ... The Bison are 18th in turnovers per game (13.7 avg/g) ... Senior Katie Birkel ranks 12th on the NDSU scoring list with 1,345 points -- five points away from 11th-ranked Amanda Gehrke (1998-02) at 1,355 ... Senior Dani DeGagne enters this weekend with 964 career points, bidding to become the 30th women’s basketball player to reach 1,000 points.

The Series
This will be the 15th meeting between North Dakota State and Oakland ... The Golden Grizzlies lead the series 9-5 ... NDSU won 60-59 on Marena Whittle’s last secod game-winner Jan. 12, 2013, at Rochester ... Katie Birkel scored 22 points and Whittle pulled down 15 rebounds for the Bison ... This will be the 17th meeting between North Dakota State and Fort Wayne ... NDSU leads the series 12-4 ... The Mastodons won the first meeting 65-58 on Jan. 10, 2013, at Fort Wayne ... Dani DeGagne scored 16 points and Whittle pulled down 10 rebounds.

Hoops for Hannah
North Dakota State senior guard Hannah Linz has experienced a recurrence of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and has begun treatment ... NDSU student-athletes have rallied for Hannah and are asking for goodwill donations ... Approximately $6,800 has been raised entering this weekend ... The offerings can be placed in a “Hoops for Hannah” basket during remaining home events ... Donations can be made directly to the Hannah Linz Fund, c/o Gate City Bank, 500 2nd Ave. N., Fargo, N.D. 58102, or in person at any Gate City Bank location ... 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 head coach Carolyn DeHoff. “We ask that you keep her in your thoughts and prayers and respect Hannah’s privacy at this time.” ... Linz played in 100 games for the Bison since the start of the 2009-10 season, averaging 6.5 points per game ... 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.

At Home With the Bison

North Dakota State has compiled a 405-73 (.847) record at home, including a 102-34 mark inside the “Friendly Confines” over the past 10 seasons good for a .750 winning percentage ... NDSU is 5-5 at home ... The Bison are averaging 707 fans over 10 home dates this season including a season high 2,709 against North Dakota on Nov. 30.

Bison On Radio
Thursday’s Oakland game will be on 740 AM The Fan, Fargo ... Radio Fargo Moorhead sports director Jack Michaels will handle the call ... Saturday’’s Fort Wayne game will be on 740 AM The Fan, Fargo ... North Dakota State director of athletic sales and broadcasting Jeremy Jorgenson will handle the call ... Pregame both nights starts at 6:40 p.m. with a 7 p.m. tip-off ... There is a 20 minute-pregame and a 20-minute postgame ... 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.

Bison In The Summit League Statistics
North Dakota State was represented in the Summit League statistics released Feb. 3, 2013 (league games only) ... Individually in the top 10, Dani DeGagne is 2nd in rebounding (7.7 rpg), 3rd in steals (2.4 spg), 4th in assists (3.9 apg), 5th in assist/turnover ratio (1.6), 7th in free throw shooting (.795, 35-44) and 8th in scoring (14.6 ppg); Katie Birkel is 4th in scoring (16.2 ppg), 7th in assist/turnover ratio (1.5) and tied for 9th in assists (3.2 apg), and Marena Whittle is 3rd in rebounding (7.6 rpg) ... Team-wise (top three), the Bison are second in assist/turnover margin (+1.1), and third in turnover margin (+2.6 avg/g) and free throw shooting (.759, 107-141).

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 12th on the all-time scoring list with 1,345 points ... She is averaging 12.3 points per game during her career ... Birkel has started all 109 games played, 5th all-time ... She is 1st in minutes played per game (33.7 avg/g), 4th in three-point field goals attempted (390), 7th in assists per game (3 apg) and three-point field goals made (123), 8th in steals per game average (1.8 avg/g), field goals attempted (1,277) and defensive rebounds (319), tied for 9th in assists (328) and 10th in steals (191) and scoring average ... Birkel has played 3,635 minutes over 108 games ... She ranks third among active Summit League players in points and tops in assists.

Defensive Minded Bison
North Dakota State is 41-10 over the past five seasons when holding opponents to 59 points or less ... NDSU held Western Illinois to 31 points on Dec. 7, 2009 -- the lowest total recorded against a Division I opponent since making the transition ... The 31 points allowed also matched a school modern day record set previously vs. Mayville State (71-31, 11-13-98), vs. Dickinson State (82-31, 11-19-04) and vs. Valley City State (81-31, 12-14-06).

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