Nothing out of the ordinary happened during UND’s expected win over Mayville State on Wednesday night at The Betty.
And, based on the past week, that was a good thing.
UND’s 84-50 win over the Comets before 1,315 fans left the Fighting Hawks mostly satisfied with their performance after back-to-back drubbings at the hands of Milwaukee and Iowa State.
Even though UND was heavily favored, the Hawks’ overall play was crisp throughout. The Hawks shot 52 percent, placed four players in double figures, capitalized on 28 Mayville turnovers and were solid on the boards. The only negative was their free-throw shooting (12-for-26).
Sophomore forward Julia Fleecs led UND with 19 points, shooting 7-for-12 -- including a 2-for-5 showing beyond the arc.
“It was great to play team ball,” said Fleecs. “The last few games we got away from that. We focused on the principles that we started with in the summer and that’s starting to pay off. We’ve been building on that every practice and every game.”
UND’s noticeable improvement came on its 3-point shooting. The Hawks were 6-of-15 on 3-point attempts. Besides Fleecs, Melissa Daily drained two as well.
“We needed that,” said UND coach Travis Brewster. “Our team played well together. We played both ends of the floor very well. Obviously, we still had breakdowns. But I’m happy for the ladies. Sometimes, it’s nice to see things pay off once in a while.”
Leading scorer Lexi Klabo added 18 points, while Dailey and Jill Morton finished with 15 and 14 points, respectively.
The Hawks led 43-32 at the break as Mayville hung around with some solid perimeter shooting The Comets (4-5) were 7-for-13 from beyond the arc in the first half. Kylee Heurung led Mayville with 14 points while Joelle Ertl finished with 12.
UND ramained engaged even after putting the game away with a 7-0 run to start the third quarter.
Late in the third, UND turned in the nifty play of the game when Alaina Jarnot’s behind-the-back pass to Daily on the fast break resulted in a three-point play. Dailey’s free throw put UND up 61-39.
UND improved to 3-7. The Hawks now prepare for a three-game trip to Florida next week.
UND will play Stetson in Deland, Fla., next Wednesday before taking on Western Michigan and San Francisco the following two days.
UND opens Summit League play Dec. 30 at home against Fort Wayne.