North Dakota State (2-3) is set to travel to Kansas State (6-1) on Monday night. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum.
Radio: The contest will be available on The City 94.5 FM with Keith Brake on the call.
Watch: The contest will be available on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ for subscribers. Brian Smoller (play-by-play), Missy Heidrick (analyst) and Kelsey Bigelow (sideline) will have the call.
GoBison.com: Live statistics, audio and video links are available on GoBison.com.
BISON QUICK HITS
- NDSU enters the week with a 2-3 overall record.
- The Bison earned their first home win of the season after topping Dickinson State, 95-42, last Tuesday night at Scheels Center.
- NDSU is 1-1 on the road this season.
- Kansas State begins the week with a 6-1 overall record and are 6-0 in home games.
- Ryan Cobbins (15.0) and Heaven Hamling (14.0) are both averaging double figures in scoring to pace the Bison through five games.
- The Bison rank 10th in the nation in free throws made with 92.
LAST TIME OUT
NDSU earned its first home win of the season after rolling past Dickinson State last week, 95-42. The Bison tallied a season-high 95 points with six different players reaching double figures in the scoring column. It marked the most points NDSU has scored in a game since 2019. Heaven Hamling led the way with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field.
AGAINST POWER 5 OPPONENTS
Under third year head coach Jory Collins, NDSU is 1-3 against Power 5 opponents. Last season, NDSU went on the road and upended Kansas, 72-69. Heaven Hamling paced the Bison with 14 points, while Emily Dietz added in 11 points of her own.
• Ryan Cobbins is a native of Kansas City, Kan., and attended Piper High School.
• Head coach Jory Collins is originally from Holton, Kan., and spent 12 years at Emporia State, including eight seasons as the head coach. He also spent one season at Kansas as an assistant coach in 2018-19.
• Assistant coach Dylan Geissert is a native of Herington, Kan. and also had stints at Kansas and Emporia State.
• Assistant coach Brooke Costley played and spent time as an assistant coach at Emporia State.
WE’LL TAKE THAT
The Bison created a season-high 21 steals in the win over Dickinson State, which is tied for the fourth most in program history in a single game. It also marked the most steals since NDSU posted 20 against Valley City State on Jan. 17, 2006.
ON THE LINE
Through the first five games of the season, NDSU has proven to be one of the best free throw shooting teams in the country. The Bison have netted 92 free throws, which ranks 10th in the nation.
LIGHTING UP THE SCOREBOARD
NDSU netted a season-high 95 points in the win over Dickinson State. It marked the most points the Bison have scored in a single game since NDSU tallied 97 at Mayville State on Dec. 15, 2019.
COBBINS CONTINUES FAST START
Ryan Cobbins is averaging a team-best 15.0 points per game and has tallied double figures in scoring in all five games this season. She’s shooting a team-high 58.5 percent (24-41) from the field. Cobbins is also making an impact on the defensive side of the floor grabbing 22 total rebounds, which ranks tied for second on the team.
Cobbins is shooting a team-best 66.7 percent (10-15) from behind the arc, which leads the Summit league and ranks third in the nation.
CAREER NIGHT FOR NO. 2
Kylie Strop provided a spark off the bench in the win over Dickinson State. The River Falls, Wis., native registered career-highs in points (17), assists (6) and rebounds (5) over a career-best 24 minutes of action.
DIETZ IS BACK FOR MORE
Emily Dietz is back for her fifth season and looking to leave her mark in the Bison record book with plenty of milestones within reach. Last season, she became the 31st player in school history, and fifth during the NCAA Division I era, to join the 800 points/500 rebounds club. The Fargo native has also played in 107 games with 87 starts over five seasons
She ranks in the top 50 in Bison history in games started (14th, 87), rebounds (23rd, 562), blocked shots (t-32nd, 37), field goals made (36th, 375), scoring (42nd, 929) and games played (47th, 107).
CHECKING IN ON THE NEWCOMERS
Of the five newcomers on the roster this season, Katie Hildebrandt and Abbey Kubas are the only ones to see action so far this season. Kubas made her Bison debut in the win over Dickinson State and contributed one rebound and one assist. Hildebrandt has seen playing time in four games and notched a season-best 10 points against Dickinson State.
SCOUTING KANSAS STATE
Kansas State begins the week with a 6-1 overall record, including a 6-0 mark at home this season. In their most recent contest, the Wildcats topped Northwestern State, 70-36, on Saturday afternoon. Kansas State has notched 38 total blocked shots, which ranks sixth in the nation. The Wildcats are also positioned 16th in the country in blocked shots per game averaging 6.3.
THE SERIES VS. KANSAS STATE
This will mark only the third all-time meeting between the Bison and Wildcats dating back to 1985 with Kansas State leading the series, 2-0. In the most recent meeting in 2011, the Wildcats edged the Bison, 70-47, at the BTI Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev.
NDSU will take on Bradley (3-2) at Scheels Center on Saturday, Dec. 4. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.