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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: UND shows off strong shooting in 78-67 win over Western Illinois

The tie and sport coat UND coach Travis Brewster was wearing didn't see the court in the second half. They were ripped off sometime during halftime, the result of some sub-standard play by UND. "We had to have a conversation at halftime about how...

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The tie and sport coat UND coach Travis Brewster was wearing didn’t see the court in the second half.

They were ripped off sometime during halftime, the result of some sub-standard play by UND.

“We had to have a conversation at halftime about how we needed to come out and execute on both ends of the court,” said Brewster.

His players listened, then came out and played well on both ends of the court in beating Western Illinois 78-67 on Tuesday night before.1,385 fans at The Betty.

Makailah Dyer led the way with 21 points while Mia Loyd finished with yet another double-double, 13 points, 11 rebounds. UND improved to 3-5 while WIU, which lost to nationally ranked Iowa in overtime, dropped to 6-4.

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UND led 32-29 at halftime, but it wasn’t a performance Brewster liked. The Leathernecks got a number of open looks beyond the 3-point line, making 6 of 17.

“Coach was a little frustrated with us,” said Dyer. “He was just trying to motivate us. He was trying to get us hyped. We just had to follow suit.”

UND’s second-half performance was solid on both ends. UND shot 65 percent from the field and held the Leathernecks in check defensively for the most part.

UND had to overcome one speed bump in the second half. UND led 47-42 and looked poised to pull away. The Leathernecks, led by Sophie Reichelt’s 17 points, cut the deficit to 49-47 on Emily Clemens’ steal and basket with 12:34 to play

Dyer, however, replied with a 3-pointer and Loyd gave the Fighting Hawks a big boost by banking in a shot at the end of the third quarter to put UND up 54-47.

From there, UND set sail as Leah Szabla (10 points) came up with a steal, basket and free throw to open the fourth quarter, followed by another Dyer field goal at 8:35 for a 59-47 lead.

“We buckled down and communicated on defense,” said Loyd. “They got their runs by hitting open 3s and by driving down the middle. We did a good job of communicating in the second half but we have to do that for the whole 40 minutes.”

Led by Loyd, UND also outrebounded WIU 48-26. Steph Smith followed Loyd with eight rebounds. Kelsey Knox and Lexi Klabo each grabbed six.

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But it was UND’s defense that stood out, considering WIU came into the game averaging 85 points.

“This team is capable of playing some very solid defense,” added Brewster. “It’s a mindset. We have to get that mindset better.

“Offensively, we have great scoring power. This is the first year I can honestly say that we can get shots on the floor at the right time for the right players.”

That showed as UND was credited with 17 assists on 29 baskets.

“This team has some heart and grit to it,” added Brewster. “That’s what I like about them.”

Related Topics: UND BASKETBALL
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 wnelson@gfherald.com.
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