Hawks fall at New Orleans; wrap up nonconference play at 9-4

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NEW ORLEANS -- UND received strong performances from three freshmen but couldn’t get past New Orleans on Saturday as the Fighting Hawks fell 79-73 to drop to 9-4 on the season.

Freshmen Olivia Lane led UND with 21 points and 10 rebounds while two other freshmen -- Megan Zander (18) and Kacie Borowicz (11) also were in double figures as the Hawks wrapped up the nonconference portion of their season.

UND led for only 3 minutes, 42 seconds. The Hawks led by four but never trailed by more than 10 as the Privateers improved to 4-7.

"You can't spot anyone any points, and we spotted New Orleans today," said UND coach Travis Brewster. “Our upperclassmen had a chance to get after it, and they couldn't get it rolling, so we went with the younger group. The biggest thing that I noticed when you look at the stat sheet itself is only 15 assists. We didn't share enough of the basketball.

"Olivia Lane came in and did her job. I thought Kacie Borowicz did a nice job of giving us a lift, and Megan Zander came in and did her job as well, but it all comes down to execution and playing together," Brewster added.


UND shot 42 percent overall but only 5 of 20 on 3-point attempts.

UNO's Rehema Franklin scored a game-high 33 points as the Privateers shot 51 percent from the field.

UNO led 36-28 at the half but Lane’s scoring in the third quarter helped the Hawks outscore the Privateers 28-17.

UND will now turn its attention toward the Summit League season. UND opens Summit play on Jan. 1 at Denver.

Wayne Nelson is the sports editor at the Herald.

He has been with the Grand Forks Herald since 1995, serving as the UND football and basketball beat writer as well as serving as the sports editor.

He is a UND graduate and has been writing sports since the late 1970s.

Follow him on Twitter @waynenelsongf. You can reach him at (701) 780-1268 or
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