NDSU Women’s Basketball Wraps Homestand vs. Northern Colorado

IN THIS WEEK

The North Dakota State women’s basketball team (3-0) wraps up its home stand against Northern Colorado (3-1) on Tuesday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in the Scheels Center.

GAME COVER

Radio: Andy Rieckhoff (play-by-play) will be on-call for the game on Bison 1660.

Watch: The game will be in talks on WDAY Xtra with Dom Izzo (Play-by-Play), Amy Ruley (Analyst) and Logan Campbell (Sideline). The contest will also be available to subscribers on ESPN+.

GoBison.com: Live stats, audio and video links are available on GoBison.com.

BISON FAST STROKES

  • NDSU will wrap up its home stand with three games in northern Colorado on Tuesday night. It is the 34th all-time meeting in the series and the first since 2014.
  • The Bison start the week with a 3-0 record after beating Minnesota 71-65 last Thursday night at the Scheels Center.
  • The win over the Gophers marked the second win over a power five opponent under the head coach JoryCollins. NDSU turned Kansas upside down in 2020, 72-69.
  • In the first three games Heaven Hamling (16.0), Taylor Brown (11.7) and Elle Evans (10.3) are all on average double digits in the rating for the bison.
  • Heaven Hamling has lost a team-high eight threes in the first three games this season. She has a total of 132 triples over three seasons and ranks eighth on NDSU’s all-time three-point field goals list.

LAST TIME-OUT

Four Bison posted double-digit scores as NDSU upended Minnesota 71-65 to remain unbeaten Thursday night at the Scheels Center. Taylor Brown led the way for the Bison and notched her second double-double of her career with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Emil Behnke threw up a career-high 14 points with eight rebounds Abby Schulte added a season-best 13 points with five assists and five rebounds.

3-0 FEELS GOOD

The Bison overturned Minnesota 71-65 to go 3-0 in the season. It’s the first 3-0 start for NDSU since the 2020-21 season. In their first three games, the Bison are averaging 77.3 points per game and capping their opponents at 57.7.

BROWN JUST FITS IN

In her first season at NDSU, Taylor Brown made correct passes at the start of each of the first three games. The Lakeville, Minn. native is averaging 11.7 points and has hit double digits in two of his first three games. Brown hit her first double-double of the season with a game-high 16 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Minnesota.

CONTRIBUTION FROM THE BANK
Abbie Draper and Abby Graham Both have been substituted on in all three games this season. Draper is averaging 8.3 points per game and has scored double digits in two of his first three games. Graham has added 6.7 points per game and posted a season-high 11 points against Minnesota last week.

WHO’S BACK THIS YEAR?

The Bison bring back six letter winners from last season, including three starters: Heaven Hamling, Abby Schulte and Katie Hildebrandt.

WELCOME TO THE TEAM

The squad includes eight newcomers this season: Taylor Brown, Kristina Ekofo Yomane, Abbie Draper, Elle Evans, Marwa Bedziri, Abby Graham, Leah Mackenzie and Georgia Baldwin.

NEW BUT LOTS OF EXPERIENCE

Three of the eight recruits this season have played at least 10 NCAA games in their careers. Taylor Brown appeared in 95 games over four seasons at American and Abbie Draper played in 26 games from 15 starts in her debut season at Bradley last year. Georgia Baldwin also appeared in 11 games in Eastern Kentucky over the past two seasons.

NEW LOOK COACHING STAFF

The NDSU coaching staff has a new look this season with the addition of assistant coaches James Adams and Michael Krall. Adams is back for her second stint with the program after serving four seasons as an assistant coach from 2008-2012. She also played with NDSU from 1997–01 and was inducted into the Bison Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019.

Crall comes to NDSU after spending last season with Dubuque as an assistant coach. She played three seasons for Wisconsin from 2013 to 2016 before beginning her coaching career as an undergraduate coach. Emily Dietzwho played at NDSU from 2017-22 and is the all-time best player returns this season as a graduate manager.

HAMLING CHASE HISTORY
Heaven Hamling enters the 2022-23 season with an opportunity to make her name in NDSU history. She is ranked in the top 10 in Bison history for scoring average (6th, 13.8), three-point field goals made (8th, 132), three-point field goal percentage (3rd, .402) and free throw percentage (2nd, .885).

START A NEW 3-POINT TRACK

NDSU shot 1 of 9 of 3 at Kansas State last season, ending a streak of 56 straight games in which the Bison hit at least two triples. The Bison have rallied, tying at least two triples in each of their last 25 games.

NDSU has recently been assembling long three-dot streaks. The Bison won against Valparaiso by 0-14 from three-point range in 2019-20, ending a streak of 113 straight games with at least two 3-pointers.

THIS IS OUR HOUSE

NDSU is 463-141 all time home from 1977-78. NDSU has won at least seven home games over the past two seasons, including a 9-3 mark in 2020-21. The Bison posted a 7-7 record at home last season.

PRE-SEASON ALL-SUMMIT LEAGUE FIRST-TEAM
Heaven Hamling was selected to the Preseason All-Summit League First Team. She started all 29 games last season and recorded a team best of 34.4 minutes in each competition. Hamling finished ninth in the Summit League with a team-best 14.3 points per game and had double-digit scoring chances in 24 of 29 games. The Grand Rapids, Minnesota native led the conference in three-point field goals per game with 2.31 and a three-point field goal percentage of 39.0 percent.

SUMMIT LEAGUE PRE-SEASON POLL

NDSU was selected to place fifth in the Summit League Preseason Poll. The state of South Dakota received 36 first-place votes to take first place, while South Dakota received four first-place votes to take second place. Oral Roberts closed out the top 3 in third place.

BISON IN GREECE

Over a period of eight days, the bison had the opportunity to practice, play two games and learn about the culture of Greece during a trip in August. NDSU spent the first four days in Athens before concluding the voyage in Glyfada.

THE SERIES VS. NORTHERN COLORADO

This will be the 34th all-time meeting between NDSU and Northern Colorado, dating back to 1980. At their last meeting in 2014, the Bears defeated the Bison, 74-70, in Fargo. Brooke LeMar pushed the Bison up the pace with 25 points. NDSU leads the all-time series, 29-4.

LOOKING AHEAD

NDSU travels to Reno, Nevada to play the Nugget Classic. The Bison meets Boise State at 6:30 p.m. CT on Friday before completing the trip against Nevada at 2:30 p.m. CT on Sunday.

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