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UND handles UMass fight, cruises to 82-52 victory

UND and UMass traded punches in the third quarter.

The punch from the Minutewomen was literal, whereas the Fighting Hawks' counterpunch came on the scoreboard.

UND navigated a physical UMass team and rolled to an 82-52 win on Sunday afternoon in front of 1,580 at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

With 6 minutes, 29 seconds left in the third quarter, UMass' Bre Hampton-Bey punched UND's Fallyn Freije in the face after Freije confronted Hampton-Bey for wrestling down UND's Lexi Klabo.

After a long video review, Hampton-Bey was ejected. UND was eventually rewarded four free throws—all makes—resulting from the original foul and the unsportsmanlike foul.

To boot, UND was awarded possession following the free throws and cashed in on a Melissa Dailey 3-pointer. The trey gave the Hawks seven points on the possession and a 50-29 lead.

"It was physical for sure," Klabo said. "We played through that, which was good. It was a scrappy game, but that's the way we like to play it."

UND won its first game of the season after falling on the road to Oregon State and South Dakota State.

"I thought we kept our composure," UND coach Travis Brewster said. "We were a little rattled and shook right away, but we calmed down and dialed it back in."

UND, which led by as many as 37, was led by Klabo, who finished with 23 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks. She sat the final four minutes of the game with the result no longer in question.

Klabo was 15-for-16 from the foul line.

"We've known she's had this ability," Brewster said. "People are now going to say, 'We're not going to let you do that.' She's got to handle that now, but she had a heck of a night."

UND outrebounded the Minutewomen 55-37. Klabo was helped on the glass by Freije (nine) and freshman reserve guard Mikayla Reinke (six).

The Hawks were 8-for-18 from the 3-point line, including strong showings from Dailey (3-for-5 from three, 11 points) and Jill Morton (4-for-6 from three, 16 points).

UMass, which lost by 12 to North Dakota State a few days prior, was led by Hampton-Bey and Hailey Leidel. Both finished with 11 points.

UND now travels to Texas to play Lamar and Texas-San Antonio on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Tom Miller

Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department since 2004. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate. 

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