Hawks push South Dakota but come up short in Summit League women's basketball game

UND falls to 2-10 in the league after 72-63 loss

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UND has become a team with nothing to lose this season, one that hopes to become a pain to deal with in postseason play.

That description nearly played out Saturday at The Betty, where the Hawks gave heavily favored South Dakota fits -- losing 72-63 in a Summit League game where UND shot well, rebounded well and had a handful of chances to take the lead in the final minutes.

But that final piece of the puzzle for UND remains missing. The Hawks nearly found it against South Dakota -- the top scoring and defensive team in the Summit.

“This week, we had a lot of good practices and we came into this game knowing we have nothing to lose,” said UND’s Claire Orth. “We’re not really big into moral victories but we know we can play with them.”

South Dakota improved to 7-2 in the Summit and 11-5 overall. Four of the Coyotes’ losses have come against teams in the Top 25 poll. The Hawks, who last beat USD in 2013, dropped to 2-10 and 2-16.


Five straight points by UND’s Megan Zander, who led the Hawks with 17 points, cut South Dakota’s lead to 62-61. But UND couldn’t get the go-ahead basket and they struggled from the line in the fourth quarter, finishing the game 5-for-11 from the stripe.

“We shot incredibly well (52 percent),” said UND interim coach Mallory Bernhard. “But it’s never good when your field goal shooting is higher than your free-throw percentage. And down the stretch, we stepped up to the line three or four times with the opportunity to tie it or take the lead. We’ve got to be able to knock down those free throws.

“And then we had two or three transition breaks where we wind up with turnovers. We just couldn’t get over the hump.”

Jaclyn Jarnot and Orth both added 13 points for the Hawks, who outscored the longer Yotes in the paint 38-33 and also received 22 bench points.

But South Dakota, which led by 13 points in the first half, answered every UND surge. The Yotes were led by Liv Korngable’s 16 points. Chloe Lamb added 15 as South Dakota shot 42 percent and held a 37-32 rebounding edge over the Summit’s top team on the boards.

Of UND’s 12 Summit League losses, 10 have been by an average of 5.6 points. And they’ve lost three Summit games in overtime.

“We knew from the beginning that we could play with them,” said Zander. “We’ve proved that in other games. We really put an emphasis on defense this week and we really executed that well. We were really prepared.”

The teams wrap up their Summit weekend Sunday at noon at The Betty.


South Dakota 72, UND 63

Halftime: South Dakota 34, UND 30

South Dakota -- Jeniah Ugofsky 0-1 3-4 3, Hannah Sjerven 6-17 2-5 14, Liv Korngable 6-11 1-3 16, Chloe Lamb 5-10 2- 15, Maddie Krull 5-12 2- 213, Morgan Hansen 0-1 0-0 0, Natalie Mazurek 1-1 0-0 2, Claudia Kunzer 2-4 0-0 4, Allison Peplowski 0-1 0-0 0, Alexi Hampe 1-4 2-2 5. Totals 26-62 12-18 72

UND -- Jaclyn Jarnot 6-8 0-0 13, Megan Zander 6-9 2-2 17, Julia Fleecs 1-5 1- 3, Olivia Lane 3-7 0-0 6, Mikayla Reinke 1-4 0-2 2, Juliet Gordon 1-4 0-0 3, Maggie Manson 0-2 0-0 0, Claire Orth 5-6 2-5 13, Melissa Leet 3-6 0-1 6, Kacie Borowicz 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-50 5-11 63

3-pointers -- South Dakota 8-20 (Sjerven 0-1, Korngable 3-5, Lamb 3-4, Krull 1-3, Hansen 0-1, Kunzer 0-2, Hempe 1-4), UND 6-18 (Zander 2-2, Fleece 1-1, Reinke 0-2, Orth 2-5, Manson 0-1, Leet 0-1); Rebounds -- South Dakota 37 (Sjerven 9), UND 32 (Jarnot 9, Zander 7); Assist -- South Dakota 12 (Korngable 7), UND 17 (Reinke 5, Orth 5)

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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