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After sitting out last season with a knee injury, it's taken a while for UND junior Kayla Bagaason to regain her shooting touch. Her touch is starting to come back. Bagaason, one of UND's top perimeter shooters two years ago, hit her biggest shot of the season against Seattle Pacific on Saturday afternoon -- a 3-pointer that helped lead the Sioux past the Falcons 69-60 in the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Bagaason drained a 3-pointer with 5 minutes, 5 seconds to play to give the Sioux a 58-53 lead.
Through the first five games of the Herald Jason Stadstad Hockey Classic, Minnesota teams were 5-0 against their North Dakota opponents. Grafton-Park River, however, put a stop to the Minnesota dominance. The Spoilers scored five third-period goals to beat Roseau 6-3 on Friday night in Purpur Arena during the second day of the second annual Stadstad Classic. "It's nice that a North Dakota team beat a Minnesota team," Grafton-Park River coach Jay Haugland said. "That's a hard-working team we beat.
Grand Forks Central freshman goalie Blake Gierszewski came up with some quality stops early against Minnesota powerhouse Bloomington Jefferson. Bloomington Jefferson, however, kept firing the quality shots at the Central goalie. And the Jaguars kept on firing. By the end of the first period, Jefferson-- ranked No.
UND's 2008 football schedule contained a rare two-week break, a stretch Sioux coaches used for recruiting. The break may have been hard on UND players and fans, but it did help produce the first official Sioux recruit for the 2009 season. Cerritos College linebacker Matthew Moody signed with UND this week. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound freshman from Sonora, Calif., will enroll at UND for the second semester and will participate in spring football drills. "His ability to play both inside and outside linebacker is his strength," UND coach Chris Mussman said.
Under the circumstances, UND welcomes any win these days -- the days of the program's difficult transition to Division I men's basketball that also have been accompanied by a rash of injuries. Down to eight healthy players again, UND rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second half to beat Dickinson State 63-58 on Wednesday night before 1,782 fans in the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. It wasn't a pretty win but it was an effective one for the Sioux, who improved to 6-3 -- a record that includes wins against Division I, Division II and NAIA programs this season. "Our guys showed a lot of c
UND has played road games at Arkansas, Toledo, Wyoming, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Montana State so far this season. It's the life of a nomadic first-year Division I women's basketball program. So when the Sioux do have an opportunity to play at home, they don't mind showing what they've learned in their first Division I season. "You can tell how we've progressed as a team," Sioux junior Whitney Ledger said.
UND left the University of Arkansas last week knowing it belonged on the same floor as the Southeastern Conference team. Arkansas beat the Sioux 85-73, not a bad showing for a first-year Division I program against an established SEC team with a freshman class regarded as one of the better ones in the country. When the Sioux returned from Fayetteville, Ark., they discovered a silver lining in their 3-6 record. "We sat down the other day and said there haven't been any games this year that we couldn't have won," UND senior Kierah Kimbrough said.
UND luckily survived one upset attempt from a North Dakota NAIA men's basketball program. The Sioux hope to avoid another white-knuckle drive today when they face a second straight state NAIA program. Jamestown College will play the Sioux at 2 p.m. in the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, the third of three straight games UND will play at home against NAIA programs from the state. UND beat Valley City State 67-66 on Wednesday night.
UND's win at South Dakota last month gave the Sioux a winning record in its first Division I Football Championship Subdivision season. The win also helped stabilize the future of the Sioux program. UND coach Chris Mussman received a two-year contract extension Friday, a move that keeps him in charge of Sioux football through the 2012 season. The extension, announced by Sioux athletic director Brian Faison, also means that Mussman will lead the program through UND's transition years to full Division I FCS status -- a crucial component to the program's recruiting and player development. Muss
UND coach Brian Jones wanted the ball in Travis Bledsoe's hands. "In my three years here, Travis has made a lot of big shots for us," Jones said. The Sioux got Bledsoe the ball and the guard delivered. Bledsoe's 3-pointer at the buzzer lifted UND to an improbable 67-66 win against Valley City State on Wednesday night in the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Sioux, who had not lost to the NAIA Vikings since Nov. 28, 1947, were on the ropes for most of the game.