UND storms back in third quarter to muzzle Bears

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND Athletics) -- North Dakota outscored Northern Colorado, 25-8, in the third quarter to erase a 14-point halftime deficit on the way to a 78-70 win in Big Sky Conference play at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center Saturday afternoon.

"We can shoot," UND head coach Travis Brewster said boldly at the conclusion, after hearing rumblings that that was a team weakness. "We got sped up a little bit there and I had to try to get them calmed back down. But, bottom line, we needed our players to make shots."

His team backed it up with a 52-percent effort from the floor, knocking down eight threes as well, getting its backcourt involved in the scoring as Jill Morton tied a career high with 22 points while Melissa Dailey connected on five triples en route to 17 points. Lexi Klabo recorded 16 points and 17 rebounds in the win.

North Dakota (9-9, 2-5) collected its 500th home win in program history.

Northern Colorado (13-5, 5-2) falls to UND for the fifth straight time in the series history.

UND will continue its homestand Thursday hosting Eastern Washington University at 7:00 p.m.

Notes: UND is 500-109 all-time in home games (UND Fieldhouse, Hyslop Sports Center, Ralph Engelstad Arena, Betty Engelstad Sioux Center) ... Morton scored the third 20-point game of her career, and second straight of 22 points ... Klabo's 17 rebounds tied a career best ... North Dakota is 7-1 at home this season and has won 13 of its last 14 at home, dating back to last season ... Northern Colorado was ranked 20th in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll.