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The UND women will play at NJIT on Thursday night, as the Great West has gone to a mirror conference schedule. UND, however, will be without leading scoring Madi Buck. Following an MRI, Buck will be out a minimum of two weeks. She was injured in UND's win against Jamestown College on Jan. 12. Buck averages 11.6 points and 8.4 rebounds for UND, which enters tonight's game 0-1 in the league and 9-10 overall. NJIT is 2-0 and 8-11. Buck, a 6-foot sophomore, has given UND a good presence inside this season.
It's far too early for UND to concern itself with such items as the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) and Sagarin ratings -- tools used in the selection process for NCAA men's basketball tournament. When UND becomes a Big Sky Conference member next season, the rankings will become more relevant. But the RPI reveals a little bit about the Great West Conference race, which began last week. UND's opponent Thursday night, New Jersey Institute of Technology, has the highest RPI in the league. The Highlanders rank No. 249 in the latest RPI, while Utah Valley and UND are second and third, at No.
OK, conspiracy theorists, step back, take a deep breath and join the world of reality. On Tuesday, UND women's basketball coach Gene Roebuck apologized for remarks he made at a UND Boosters luncheon about North Dakota State fans, calling them "racist blowhards." On Friday, he announced this will be his last season coaching the UND women's basketball program -- a week after making the controversial comments. The apology and retirement announcement are not linked. Far from it.
UND coach Brian Idalski served a one-game suspension Saturday night for a misinterpretation of an NCAA bylaw during the 2010-11 season. The decision to serve the suspension came earlier in the week. There was no misunderstanding, however, of what happened on the ice at Ralph Engelstad Arena where UND dominated St. Cloud State for the second straight night. Jocelyne Lamoureux produced a hat trick and an assist in leading UND to a 9-0 win, one that improved No. 6 UND to 14-8-2. During the weekend sweep, Lamoureux also broke the school's single-season scoring record for the second time.
UND coach Gene Roebuck announced Friday he'll retire at the end of the season. His announcement also came on the day before one of UND's biggest games of the season -- the kind that likely will determine a league championship. UND hosts Utah Valley today at The Betty.
In the opening 10 minutes, UND didn't get a shot on goal against St. Cloud State. No problem. The Huskies held a 6-0 advantage on shots on goal at the halfway mark of the opening period. A minute later, though, UND's Monique Lamoureux-Kolls blasted a shot from the blue line -- one that whistled past St. Cloud goalie Julie Friend and launched an avalanche of goals during UND's 10-0 win Friday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The first 10 minutes belonged to UND goalie Jorid Dagfinrud, who finished with 16 saves.
Missed free throws have cost UND a win or two during its difficult transition to Division I basketball. In UND's biggest home game since making the move to Division I, the Green and White hit their free throws down the stretch. As a result, a rarity took place at Ralph Engelstad Arena on Tuesday night as fans rushed the court after UND rallied to beat rival North Dakota State 59-54 before 7,169 fans. "It's our biggest win since we made the move to Division I," UND coach Brian Jones said.
Reported remarks made by UND women's basketball coach Gene Roebuck at a UND Booster lunch last week have resulted in an apology to North Dakota State President Dean Bresciani. At the booster lunch held Friday at the Alerus Center, Roebuck allegedly called North Dakota State fans "racist blowhards." That remark allegedly was in response to North Dakota State fans chanting "Sioux suck" during a welcome-home celebration for the Bison football team after it won the NCAA Division I FCS championship against Sam Houston State on Jan.
UND is scheduled to join the Big Sky Conference next season, a welcomed move that gives the program stability after a difficult Division I transition -- one that that included major scheduling hassles. The Big Sky season will give UND 20 games, leaving eight or nine nonconference dates. And UND coach Brian Jones would like nothing better than to fill those dates with the likes of North Dakota State, South Dakota and South Dakota State. "The nonconference games that we do play should all be against Dakota schools," Jones said. "That needs to happen from a fan standpoint.
If a driver wants to make it on the national stage, the place to do that is at the Knoxville Nationals -- the Super Bowl of sprint racing Mark Dobmeier -- the driver to beat weekly at River Cities Speedway -- made it to the national stage at the 2011 Knoxville Nationals. The Grand Forks driver captured one of the two preliminary features at the Nationals, earning him a spot in the event's 50-lap feature -- one that pays $150,000 to win. Dobmeier's preliminary win came against the country's best. And driver of the familiar blue-and-white No.