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BROOKINGS, S.D. -- South Dakota State's Cole Brodie returned the opening kickoff 64 yards to the UND 31. The Jackrabbits gained an extra 15 yards on the play because of a face mask penalty on the Sioux. The day didn't get any better for the Sioux. On a cold, cold day at Alumni-Coughlin Stadium, South Dakota State capitalized on a handful of early UND mistakes to beat the Sioux 21-0 on Saturday before 3,918 fans.
BROOKINGS, S.D. -- It hasn't been the season Ryan Kasowski and 10 other UND seniors envisioned.
In the final two minutes, freshman point guard Aaron Anderson went to the free-throw line 10 times. Ten times, he dropped the ball through the net -- points that were valuable in UND's hard-earned 64-60 win against Sacramento State on Friday night at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. But Anderson made the win a little more difficult than it needed to be before 1,280 fans. With three seconds to play and UND leading 62-58, Anderson fouled Sacramento's John Dickson on a 3-point attempt from deep in the corner. "I made a rookie mistake," Anderson said.
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.