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In Week 3 of the season, UND was 0-2 and trailed South Dakota 27-14 at halftime. The prospects of a successful football year were shaky at best. But UND rallied...
Neither UND coach Brian Idalski nor Minnesota coach Brad Frost left Ralph Engelstad Arena disappointed. Both coaches had reasons to accentuate the positive after UND and Minnesota skated to a...
College volleyball 6 Thursday's results Big Sky tournament At Betty Engelstad Sioux Center Quarterfinals Sacramento State over Eastern Washington 25-16, 18-25, 25-18, 20-25, 15-8 Northern Arizona over Portland State 25-18, 25-10, 25-22 Idaho State over Northern Colorado 21-25, 15-25, 25-21, 25-23, 18-16 UND 25-25-25 Idaho 18-20-17
Three games into the season, UND sits with an 0-3 record—the latest loss coming Wednesday night at The Betty against Iowa of the Big Ten. Yet, UND coach Travis Brewster wasn't totally displeased by the 75-60 loss "There is no reason to be negative," said Brewster. "There is no reason to panic. Last year, we were 4-10 at one point. We've just got to keep embracing the process. This is a hard-working group we have. They'll come back and we'll be better."
Iowa received 20 points from Ally Disterhoft as the Hawkeyes downed UND 75-60 on Wednesday night at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The game marked the second time in three seasons that at Big Ten team played UND in Grand Forks. Iowa led throughout and held a 40-31 halftime lead. The Fighting Hawks, however, opened the third quarter on a 9-0 run to tie the game at 40-40 with 6:33 left. UND received 14 points each from Fallyn Freije and Makailah Dyer. Leah Szabla added 12. UND is 0-3 while Iowa improved to 3-0.
UND's season began last Friday against Drake—a team picked to win the Missouri Valley Conference. The Fighting Hawks' season continued two days later at Texas Tech—a Power 5 Conference program. Tonight, the Hawks play another Power 5 team—the Iowa Hawkeyes from the Big Ten. "The scheduling guy has to understand some things," quipped UND coach Travis Brewster last week. But a demanding early UND schedule wasn't an accident. "There is a rhyme and reason why we do the things we do," said Brewster.
UND probably didn't get the start it wanted against Mayville State, trailing by six points early. UND missed too many free throws, finding itself 3-for-10 at one point. The Fighting Hawks struggled on the boards at times, giving up too many offensive rebounds. But UND still had enough of everything to down Mayville State 94-66 on Tuesday night before 1,681 fans at The Betty. The win improved UND to 2-0 while Mayville came into the game 5-1. UND didn't gain control until late in the first half. Quinton Hooker's 3-pointer gave the Hawks a 39-33 lead with 1:29 to go.
OK, I admit it. I had doubts. And most of the 9,000-plus fans at The Alerus Center had doubts, too. C'mon admit it. You didn't think UND could pull it out and neither did I. In the biggest game in its Division I football history, UND—with a beaten and battered starting quarterback—trailed Northern Arizona 31-10 with 9 minutes to play in the third quarter. At stake? A Big Sky Conference championship.
UND had its fans roaring after Makailah Dyer's fast break basket capped a 9-0 run, a spurt that gave the Fighting Hawks a five-point lead over Drake with seven minutes to play. Conventional coaching wisdom may have called for a timeout. Drake coach Jennie Baranczyk elected to play on. Good decision. Nicole Miller answered Dyer's basket with a quick 3-pointer in transition, cutting UND's lead to three. From there, the Bulldogs were able turn the corner—eventually taking a wild 99-91 win over the Hawks before 2,362 fans Friday at The Betty.
Drake received 34 points from Lizzy Wendell and placed three other players in double figures as the Bulldogs beat UND 99-91 on Friday in the season opener for both teams. UND received 24 points from Makailah Dyer and 21 from Leah Szabla. Drake is the preseason favorite in the Missouri Valley Conference and Wendell is the league's preseason player of the year. UND will play at Texas Tech on Sunday.