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Grand Forks 2
BISMARCK — Five players scored goals as Bismarck defeated Grand Forks on Saturday afternoon.
“We played good but got in a little bit of penalty trouble,” said Grand Forks coach Darin Schumacher. “They had three power-play goals but I feel like after that we did a good job bouncing back.”
Britta Curl, Lauren Bischof, Sage Barta, Mikala Montgomery, and Kennedy Hageness also scored goals for Bismarck. Lexi O’Halloran and Peyton LeNoir provided the offense for the KnightRiders.
Grand Forks fell to 12-11. The KnightRiders will take the No. 4 seed into this weekend’s state tournament at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Omaha 68, NDSU 57
FARGO – The Bison Sports Arena has seen so many magical women’s basketball moments in its history. A few memories were resurrected Saturday, when several North Dakota State alums were introduced at halftime.
The last few years, however, will not go down in the BSA highlight archives.
In a season that has not gone well, the program’s last game in the arena before it gets gutted was a not-very-pretty 20th loss – the second time in three years the Bison have dropped that many games. Nebraska-Omaha climbed out of last place in the Summit League, sending NDSU to the cellar with its victory before 768 fans.
NDSU finishes its regular season with three games on the road, meaning it was the last career home game for senior centers and team captains Miki Stephenson and Catavia Jones.
The Mavs led 59-42 with three minutes remaining before the Bison had their best offensive surge with seven straight points.
Other than the alums on the court at halftime, that stretch was about the lone bright spot.
Marena Whittle led the Bison with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Omaha was led by guard Ericka House with 23 points.
NDSU 75, Omaha 59
OMAHA, Neb. — North Dakota State its first-place position in The Summit League with its win at Omaha on Saturday. The Bison improved to 20-6 overall and 9-2 in league play this season.
NDSU senior Taylor Braun scored 31 points, grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds and tallied five assists. Braun was 12-of-16 shooting, including 4-of-5 from three-point range. It was his fourth game with 30 or more points this season.
NDSU shot 49.2 percent (29-of-59) in the game and limited Omaha to 31.7 percent shooting (19-of-60). The Bison posted a 44-29 rebounding advantage.
Omaha (15-11, 4-6 Summit) was led by 16 points from senior center John Karhoff.
Bison junior Lawrence Alexander had 11 points, five rebounds and three assists.
The win gives NDSU consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time since the 1995-96 and 1996-97 campaigns. NDSU’s 44 combined wins over the last two seasons are its most since winning 48 games between 1924-26.