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Bison women host Denver this weekend

The North Dakota State women’s basketball team puts its five-game winning streak on the line this weekend, as the Bison host Denver on Friday, Jan. 22 and Saturday, Jan. 23.

Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. both days, with a men’s game to follow as part of the doubleheader, at the Scheels Center in Fargo.

The all-time series between North Dakota State and Denver is tied at 10-10. The Pioneers are 6-4 in the last 10 meetings, but the Bison won the final two last year, including a 72-68 victory in the Summit League quarterfinals. NDSU is 7-3 all-time against the Pioneers in Fargo, while Denver holds a 10-7 advantage in the series while the two schools have been NCAA Division I opponents.

For the seventh-straight week, the Bison are ranked in the College Insider Mid-Major Women’s Top 25. The Bison moved up to 22nd after being ranked 23rd last week. NDSU entered the poll for the first time in school history at 16th on Dec. 8. NDSU also received a vote in the USA Today/WBCA Top 25 Coaches Poll for three-straight weeks beginning on Dec. 15.

NDSU completed a weekend sweep of North Dakota on Saturday, beating the Fighting Hawks for the fifth-straight time with a 64-60 win on Friday and a 71-68 overtime win on Saturday.

The Bison improved to 10-2 overall and 5-1 in Summit League play, marking the second time in school history the Bison have been 5-1 through six games in league play. The victory on Saturday was the fifth-straight for the Bison, the longest winning streak since winning six in a row in February 2008.

Meanwhile, the Pioneers are 3-9 on the year and 1-3 in Summit League play. Denver ranks 14th in the country in three pointers made and attempted, going 106-314 on the year. Denver ranks 82nd in the country shooting 33.8 percent.

The Pioneers are also getting to the free throw line, ranking 27th in the nation with 182 makes and 33rd with 250 attempts. Denver ranks 81st in percentage at 72.8.

Meghan Boyd ranks 26th in the country in 3-pointers made with 30, while ranking 29th in attempts with 81 and 56th in 3-pointers per game with 2.5. Uju Ezeudu ranks 23rd in the country with 53 free throws made and 24th with 73 attempts, while ranking 196th in percentage at 78.1.

After the weekend series, the Bison plan to hit the road next week, facing Kansas City on Jan. 29 and 30. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. both days at the Swinney Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

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