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UND WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Sioux cruise by Vandals

The UND women's basketball team's strength is in its post play -- led by a pair of 6-foot-4 players in Allyssa Wall and Emily Evers. On Monday night, however, the Sioux proved they aren't one-dimensional. UND received scoring from 11 different pl...

UND's Madi Buck
UND's Madi Buck grabs a rebound away from Idaho's Tayler Weiks in a game at the Betty Engelstad Arena. Herald photo by Eric Hylden.

The UND women's basketball team's strength is in its post play -- led by a pair of 6-foot-4 players in Allyssa Wall and Emily Evers.

On Monday night, however, the Sioux proved they aren't one-dimensional.

UND received scoring from 11 different players -- highlighted by sophomore forward Madi Buck's career-high 17 points and 12 rebounds -- as the Sioux cruised to an easy 84-54 win over Idaho of the Western Athletic Conference at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

"We came out really strong," said Buck, who was 8-for-8 from the foul line. "Our effort was definitely there. Our starters and our bench. . . it was all there."

The Sioux pounced on the Vandals early, jumping to leads of 15-5, 29-15 and 42-22. UND had a 52-30 advantage by halftime.

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Keying the early Sioux spurt was a pair of 3-pointers by guard Carly Rothfusz, whose baskets freed up the Sioux inside game as the rest of the first half unfolded.

"We've got good shooters," UND coach Gene Roebuck said. "Sometimes you overemphasize that part and then players think about it too much."

After the strong start, the Sioux depth took over. UND had 11 players see at least 10 minutes of playing time.

After Buck's 17 points, Wall added 12, Katie Houdek had nine, while Rothfusz and Evers had eight apiece.

The Sioux received 36 points from their bench.

"That's the kind of team we have," Roebuck said. "It's not a team like we've had in the past where we have eight players play. When you look at our second team, we've got players who can do the job. If that's the case, we should be in better shape to put on pressure for 40 minutes. We're pretty interchangeable one through 10."

The Sioux also outrebounded the Vandals 50-31, led by Buck's 12. The Sioux had 23 offensive boards.

"Madi was phenomenal," Roebuck said. "Madi was on the boards consistently. What I liked was her offensive game and how she didn't force things. I hope the rest of our team can look at that and go from there."

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UND's strong first half was followed by a foul-filled second half in which the Sioux still outscored the Vandals 32-24.

"We need to learn to be consistent," Roebuck said. "That's the difference between us right now and Creighton. Look at Creighton and they're a team that can play hard for 40 minutes. That's the team I want to see us be."

Creighton defeated the Sioux in the regular-season opener on Friday.

The Vandals, who were picked to finish seventh in the WAC, were led by Ganeaya Rogers' 11 points. Idaho was hampered by a 3-for-18 performance from the 3-point line.

Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, tmiller@gfherald.com or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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