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UND hoping to adjust to travel in Texas

UND's Lexi Klabo looks to make a play against Minnesota-Crookston earlier this season. Klabo was named the Big Sky Conference player of the week. Photo/Eric Hylden, Grand Forks Herald

The UND women's basketball team is headed to Texas over the Thanksgiving holiday with a couple of goals in mind, according to coach Travis Brewster.

For one, the team wants to take in some sun.

Secondly, the Fighting Hawks want to mimick the Big Sky Conference tournament setup—seeing how the team responds to travel and quick turnarounds.

UND will play Lamar on Friday and Texas-San Antonio on Saturday. Both games are scheduled for 2 p.m. tips in San Antonio.

Lamar, the preseason favorite in the Southland Conference, is 3-2 but the Cardinals' only losses are to No. 3 Baylor (121-62) and Purdue (79-64).

UTSA is 1-3, including a 120-70 loss to No. 2 Texas.

"Lamar will be an uptempo team," Brewster said. "They're going to be athletic and long. We're going to have to be able to control the tempo. UTSA is going to be like Idaho. They spread the floor well and hit shots. They move the ball and attack."

UND has played the last two games without starting guard Grace Sawatzke, who Brewster said is out with a short-term injury.

That's made the quick impact of true freshman Mikayla Reinke important for the Fighting Hawks' backcourt.

Reinke, of Kindred, N.D., has come off the bench but is averaging more than 18 minutes per game.

"She has been a pleasant surprise," Brewster said. "She's able to pick up concepts really fast and her effort is through the roof. Her defensive ability has helped out our rotation."

UND will not have the services of Faith Dooley, who plans to join the basketball team as soon as the volleyball season is over.

The 6-foot-3 Dooley is a four-time all-conference hitter for the Fighting Hawks' volleyball team, which has advanced to the NCAA tournament.

Without Dooley, UND's post depth has been tested. Brewster said he likes what he's seen from true freshman Akealy Moton in the post.

Moton, of West Fargo, is a strong 6-foot forward.

"She's adjusting to the play at this level," Brewster said. "For her, playing with a high motor is the biggest key. We're encouraged with her moves in the post. We feel like she has another gear."

Tom Miller

Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department for the past 13 years. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate. 

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