NDSU to host Kanas City and Oral Roberts
Fargo – NDSU’s women’s basketball team, after splitting two games on the road last weekend, return to the SHAC Thursday to start their longest homestand of the season. The Bison (7 – 10, 3 – 4 Summit) will face conference foes the Kansas City Roos (11 – 3, 1 – 3 Summit) on Thursday night and the Golden Eagles of Oral Roberts University (9 – 8, 4 – 2 Summit) on Saturday afternoon.
Tip-off at the SHAC is at 7 p.m. on Thursday night for NDSU vs Kansas City and 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon for NDSU vs Oral Roberts.
Players to Watch
NDSU’s Heaven Hamling combined for 41 points over the past weekend at St. Thomas and Western Illinois. The junior guard from Grand Rapids, MN, was 9 of 16 (.563) from the field and 5 of 10 (.500) from three-point land. She is second in Bison history with a career 41.6% percentage from three-point land. She has also now played all 40 minutes in 3 straight games.
NDSU’s Emily Dietz has started 99 career games and is on pace to make her 100th career start, which would rank eighth on the all-time NDSU games starter list. The senior forward from West Fargo, ND, would become only the fourth player in the Division I era to start 100 or more games. In the win over Denver, Dietz reached 1,000 career points and became the 35th player in NDSU history and only the ninth in the Division I era to accomplish the feat.
She has totaled 1,029 points over five seasons and ranks 34th on the NDSU all-time scoring list. Dietz, who has played in 102 straight games, has grabbed 629 total rebounds and is slotted 17th on the NDSU all-time rebounding list. She is only the third player in the Division I era to surpass 600 or more rebounds.
Kansas City, who started the season with a 10-1 record, leads the Summit league in three-point field goal defense (25.8), rebounds per game (39.8) and rebound margin (8.8). Naomie Alnatas paces the Roos and leads the Summit League in assists (72), assists per game (4.8) and points per game (18.3).
The Golden Eagles
Oral Roberts leads the Summit League in free throw attempts (365) and free throws made (272). Kenni Jo Lippe ranks second in the Summit League in free throw percentage shooting 87.7, while Hannah Cooper is slotted second in total steals with 33.
The Herd plays host to the Coyotes of South Dakota and the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State, currently #1 and #2 in the conference.