By Brian Brashaw
The Maverick women’s basketball team will take on the entire state of North Dakota this weekend when they face two North Central Conference opponents, the North Dakota Fighting Sioux and the North Dakota State Bison.
UNO is coming off a weekend split in conference play, consisting of an 80-77 win over South Dakota State in overtime and a 90-83 loss to Augustana. UNO stands 7-13 overall and has a 3-6 conference mark.
Sara Peterson leads the team in scoring, 13.2 points per game. Jen Mitchell is also a standout for the Mavericks, scoring 13.1 points per game. Mitchell holds the school’s three-point record with 187, and is on the verge of breaking her own season record of 51. She is also second on the career assists list with 431, 29 short of the record held since 1981.
For the Fighting Sioux of North Dakota, this weekend could mean a rise from a four-way tie for first place to sole possession of first. North Dakota has a 6-3 conference mark, with a 14-3 overall mark.
The same rings true for North Dakota State. The Bison are also 6-3 in the conference and looking to gain full position of first place.
In their last meetings, both North Dakota schools handled the Mavericks fairly easily. The Sioux won 100-62 and the Bison took a 94-69 win. The games this weekend will both be played at 6:00 p.m. at the Sapp Fieldhouse.
Next weekend, the Mavericks travel to play South Dakota and Morningside in further NCC action, still hoping to get a bid in the conference tournament.