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There isn't much UND's Spencer Goodman can do or say that will distance himself from the national notoriety he received Tuesday night at No. 25 Wisconsin, where the big, bad Badgers of the Big Ten beat the Sioux 85-53. A powerful slam dunk by Wisconsin's Ryan Evans over Goodman was ranked No. 2 on ESPN's top 10 plays of the day that aired Wednesday.
Erin Joki likes how far UND has come since her freshman season. And the senior is excited about where the Sioux volleyball program is headed. "Since I was a freshman, it's been a 180-degree turnaround," Joki said of UND's success on the volleyball court. The Sioux won last season's Great West Conference regular-season and postseason titles, dropping only one match.
Ryan Kasowski remembers going to Conway, Ark., late last season to play a game that would determine whether UND would have a winning season. "Not too many people gave us a shot against Central Arkansas, but we went down there and just refused to lose," Kasowski said. "It's a game I'll remember forever." The Sioux didn't lose, blocking a late Central Arkansas field-goal attempt to win 17-16. In 2008, UND faced a similar situation at South Dakota.
By Wayne Nelson Herald Staff Writer Forty-eight hours earlier, UND let a seemingly safe second-half lead against New Mexico State slip away. The result was a disappointing one-point loss. Against Vermont on Monday night, UND had another safe second-half lead. The Sioux didn't let the lead slip. Instead, they tightened their grip. And it was freshmen Allyssa Wall and Megan Lauck who applied the pressure. Wall's 16 points and the overall play of Lauck led UND to a 76-49 win against Vermont, a win that improved the Sioux to 1-1. "We have to come out and finish the second half," Wall said.
MISSOULA, Mont. -- Montana is the undisputed power of the Big Sky Conference. But that doesn't mean the Grizzlies are the best Division I FCS team the Sioux have played this season. That distinction belongs to Southern Utah, the Great West Conference champion that, along with UND, will head for the Big Sky Conference in 2012. In the postgame press conference after Montana's 27-17 win against UND on Saturday, Sioux coach Chris Mussman said the Thunderbirds impressed him the most. "Southern Utah handled us pretty good at our place and we ran out to a 14-0 lead," Mussman said.
MISSOULA, Mont. -- UND's search for a permanent football home ended two weeks ago when the Sioux landed in the Big Sky Conference.
MISSOULA, Mont. -- UND offensive lineman Brandon Quesenberry grew up in Billings, Mont., where, he said, "you're either a Griz fan or a Cat fan." Quesenberry grew up a fan of the Montana Grizzlies -- the Big Sky Conference power UND will play Saturday before 25,000 fans at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The Sioux senior has had all week to discuss Montana football with his teammates. There has been a lot to discuss. "I've probably watched 20 to 30 Montana games growing up," he said. "And I've watched just about every Griz-Cat (Montana State) game there is.
UND returns most of players from last season, the school's second as a Division I men's basketball program. The Princeton-based offense UND ran last season, however, was sent packing. UND junior Pat Mitchell won't mind the switch in offensive philosophy. "We changed up our offense scheme a little bit," Mitchell said. "We'll run up and down the floor a little bit more and we'll be a little more exciting to watch. "It's a real big change, an enjoyable change.
Montana coach Robin Pflugrad caught some of the Northern Illinois-Toledo game on ESPN earlier this week. Northern Illinois rolled over Toledo 65-30, a win that improved the bowl-bound Huskies of the Mid-American Conference to 8-2. It was the same Northern Illinois team that beat UND 23-17 in September -- a game that Pflugard watched in preparation of playing the Sioux. "I thought North Dakota did an outstanding job at Northern Illinois," Pflugard said. "They had chances to beat Northern Illinois. That would have been a marquee win." UND is still searching for that marquee victory.
UND won't join the Big Sky Conference until the 2012 season. But the UND football program Tuesday received a glimpse of what things will be like in two years. The glimpse revealed that the spotlight in the Big Sky is brighter, especially when the opponent is Montana. "You can tell it's a bigger deal than what we've faced this far, just with the media attention we've had today," UND coach Chris Mussman said, referring to the Big Sky media calls he fielded.