Bison Media Blog: 11-3 women will find their true 'level' in the next month

NDSU is 6-2 against the bottom four teams in the Summit League

North Dakota State's Kadie Deaton goes up for two against Denver during their women's basketball game Saturday, Jan. 23, in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor


That was a bad loss last Friday for the North Dakota State women’s basketball team. They didn’t play well and lost 62-60 to a team, Denver, they had no business losing to.

When was the last time we said that?

That’s the state of the Bison these days. They came back Saturday and rebounded with a that’s-more-like-it 74-56 victory over the Pioneers. Afterward, head coach Jory Collins was asked if he feared playing down to a level of an opponent.

“Absolutely not,” he said.


He questioned his team’s level. In Collins’ mind, the Bison aren’t where he wants them to be and that would assume to be a team capable of beating South Dakota and South Dakota State on a consistent basis.

“I don’t even know what level we are,” Collins said. “We’re still getting this thing started. I don’t know that we have a level. I know we’ve been in a lot of real close basketball games, we’re not blowing anybody out so, no.”

The Bison are 11-3, 6-2 in the Summit League. No, they haven’t been blowing many people out beating a winless UND team by three one night and in overtime the next. The Bison were OK against a 1-8 Omaha team. They lost to 3-13 Western Illinois.

They’ll find out their true level in the next month.

Behind them are the bottom four teams in the standings: North Dakota, Western Illinois, Omaha and Denver. A good team that would be considered a favorite to reach the NCAA tournament would have gone 8-0 in that stretch.

The real work lies ahead. They play at Kansas City in a two-game series this weekend followed by a home series against Oral Roberts, two teams that are a combined 7-6 in the league. Then it gets serious with a home series against SDSU and two games at USD.

Jeff would like to dispel the notion he was around when Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, but he is on his third decade of reporting with Forum Communications. The son of a reporter and an English teacher, and the brother of a reporter, Jeff has worked at the Jamestown Sun, Bismarck Tribune and since 1990 The Forum, where he's covered North Dakota State athletics since 1995.
Jeff has covered all nine of NDSU's Division I FCS national football titles and has written three books: "Horns Up," "North Dakota Tough" and "Covid Kids." He is the radio host of "The Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack" April through August.
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