North Dakota State (4-9, 0-1 Summit League) is scheduled to host a pair of Summit League games this week ... NDSU will host South Dakota (6-8, 1-0 Summit League) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at the Bison Sports Arena (5,830) ... The Bison lost 76-57 at South Dakota State on Dec. 30, while USD opened league play with a 62-57 win over Omaha ...
NDSU will host Kansas City (4-10, 0-1 Summit League) ... The Kangaroos lost to Omaha 61-44 on Dec. 28 ... Kansas City enters the week with a six-game losing streak ... North Dakota State had snapped a five-game losing streak with a 60-48 home win over Milwaukee on Dec. 23 ... North Dakota State ranks 14th nationally in free throw shooting, hitting 147 of 191 attempts for 77 percent ... Hannah Linz has hit all 13 free throw attempts and Liz Keena is 10 of 10 this season ... Five-foot-eight senior Katie Birkel ranks 20th on the NDSU all-time scoring list with 1,194 points.
This will be the 58th meeting between North Dakota State and South Dakota ... NDSU leads the series 40-17 ... The teams split two meetings last season ... The Bison won 64-50 on Jan. 14 in Fargo, while the Coyotes won 53-40 on Feb. 11 in Vermillion ... This will be the 12th meeting between North Dakota State and Kansas City ... The Bison lead the series 6-5, but lost both meetings to the Kangaroos last season -- 76-58 in Fargo on Jan. 16 and 68-64 at Kansas City on Feb. 13.
Bison On Radio
Thursday's South Dakota game will be on 101.9 FM ... Veteran sportscaster Gary Rogers will handle the call ... There is a 20 minute-pregame and a 20-minute postgame .... Pregame starts at 6:40 p.m. with a 7 p.m. tipoff ... Saturday's Kansas City game will be on 740 The Fan ... Veteran sportscaster Gary Rogers will handle the call ... There is a 20 minute-pregame and a 20-minute postgame ... Pregame starts at 6:40 p.m. with a 7 p.m. tipoff ... Scott Miller hosts Bison Feedback on KFGO-AM 790 featuring women's basketball coach Carolyn DeHoff and men's basketball coach Saul Phillips on Mondays 7-8 p.m. at the completion of football season.
At Home With the Bison
North Dakota State has compiled a 403-71 (.850) record at home, including a 100-32 mark inside the "Friendly Confines" over the past 10 seasons good for a .758 winning percentage ... NDSU is 3-3 at home ... The Bison are averaging 928 fans over six home dates this season including a season high 2,709 against North Dakota on Nov. 30.
Birkel Moving Up Career Charts
North Dakota State 5-foot-8 senior Katie Birkel is moving up the career charts ... Birkel, who missed last season due to a knee injury, has moved up to 20th on the all-time scoring list with 1,194 points ... She is averaging 11.9 points per game during her career ... Birkel has started all 100 games played, 5th all-time ... She is 1st in minutes played per game (33.3 avg/g), 6th in three-point field goals attempted (351), 8th in steals per game average (1.8 avg/g) and in assists per game average (3 avg/g), and 10th in steals (181) and three-point field goals made (113) ... Birkel has played 3,335 minutes over 100 games.
Linz and the Three-Point Shot
North Dakota State 5-foot-11 senior guard Hannah Linz was the only Bison player to start in all 31 games last season and ranked 12th nationally in three-point accuracy ... On the career charts, Linz is 2nd in three-pointers made (156) and three-pointers attempted (450), and 9th in three point shooting (.347, 156-450) over 100 games played.