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Despite the winter storm that hit the region, the women's basketball game between UND and South Dakota State scheduled for Tuesday night is still on, according to athletic department officials. South Dakota State players and coaches arrived in Grand Forks on Monday. Officials for the game also made it to Grand Forks. SDSU is 6-1 on the season while UND is 2-4. UND officials urge fans to exercise caution in traveling to and from Tuesday night's game.
The distance between Grand Forks and Brookings, S.D., is 266 miles. When it comes to college basketball, that's a short road trip. However, it appears the distance between Grand Forks—home to UND women's basketball—and Brookings—home to South Dakota State women's basketball—has been a lot farther than 266 miles. Surprisingly, UND and SDSU have not met in women's basketball since March, 15, 2004. At the time, the two were Division II powers. The last meeting was a 72-70 overtime win by SDSU in the North Central Region final in St. Paul.
Richmond didn't have much going, trailing 24-7 midway through third quarter. More than 9,500 Alerus Center fans were roaring, too, sensing UND's first Division I FCS playoff win was within reach. Richmond, however, grabbed the momentum, thanks to a running-into-kicker penalty and, later, a blocked punt. And they kept grabbing until the Spiders stole a win. Thousands of stunned UND fans left the Alerus, likely amazed that the Spiders rallied for a 27-24 win and the right to take on Eastern Washington in the quarterfinals.
UND sophomore forward Fallyn Freije keeps reminding herself to keep the focus on the journey, not the Fighting Hawks' current 1-4 record. "It hurts because we've been so close," said Freije. "But we're learning with each game. When conference time comes, we'll be ready." UND's schedule doesn't get any easier Saturday when the Hawks host San Francisco at 2 p.m. at The Betty. The Dons of the West Coast Conference are 4-3 and qualified for last season's NCAA Tournament.
UND volleyball players reported to fall camp in late July. The first weekend they didn't have practice or a match came nearly four months later on Thanksgiving weekend. "We gave our players four days off, to let them heal mentally and to let their bodies heal," said UND coach Mark Pryor. The time off was refreshing, said UND hitter Faith Dooley. The junior from Casselton, N.D, and her UND teammates hope the break will be beneficial, too, as the Fighting Hawks prepare for their biggest match in program history.
Prep clipboard 6 BOYS HOCKEY 6 Red River 4, Fargo Davies 0 FARGO—Grand Forks Red River scored four second-period goals to pick up the win over Fargo Davies on Tuesday. All four goals came on the same five-minute powerplay. UND commit Braden Costello opened the scoring on an assist from Max Johnson, who registered the game's final tally.
UND will play Minnesota on Friday in the opening round of the NCAA volleyball tournament. UND learned its opponent and destination Sunday night during the NCAA Selection Show carried by ESPNU. UND is making its first NCAA volleyball tournament appearance after the Fighting Hawks won the Big Sky Conference postseason tournament last weekend. The Hawks will carry a 26-9 record into the tournament. Minnesota, the No. 2 overall seed overall, is 25-4. The Gophers finished 17-3 in the Big Ten and are 13-0 this season at home. Minnesota beat UND 3-1 earlier this season.
UND staged a furious third-period rally but came up short against Michigan State on Friday night, falling 4-3 to the Spartans at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The Spartans led 4-1 early in the third period before UND received two goals from Tyson Jost in a span of 31 seconds. UND then applied heavy pressure during the next few minutes but couldn't get the equalizer. Shane Gersich also scored for UND, which outshot the Spartans 33-21. Michigan State received two goals from Jerad Rosburg and goals from Connor Wood and Joe Cox.
MEN'S BASKETBALL North Florida 76, UND 75 DAYTON, Ohio—North Florida's Dallas Moore scored with eight seconds to go to give the Ospreys a one-point win over UND on Friday in the opening game of the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic. The loss was the first of the season for the Fighting Hawks (3-1), who trailed by as many as 14 points, but rallied with a strong second half spearheaded by Big Sky Preseason MVP Quinton Hooker, who finished with 29 points. Hooker's free throw with 18 seconds to go gave UND a 75-74 lead.
Being it's Thanksgiving weekend, UND volleyball players shared what they're thankful for at an earlier practice this week. UND coach Mark Pryor was included in the discussion. And he said he is thankful for Oct. 21 "I'm thankful for that day because that's the day we were up 2-0 at Idaho State and we wound up losing," said Pryor. "From that point, the kids made a real conscious choice. They were going to get consistent, and they did. They decided, 'We can do this.' There was some belief and good leadership from our senior, Chelsea Moser, and some of our juniors."