The North Dakota State women's basketball team defeated Nevada, 67-47, in the Subway Classic on Saturday, Nov. 19 behind a 21-point performance from Dani DeGagne. The Bison will now play Minnesota in the Subway Classic title game at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20. The Golden Gophers defeated Binghamton earlier today, 65-40.
DeGagne led three Bison in double figures as Abby Plucker tallied her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman Jamie Van Kirk added 10 points for the first double-digit scoring effort of her career.
DeGagne scored 10 of NDSU's first 12 points as the Bison raced out to a 15-4 lead. Nevada was held scoreless for just under six minutes before an Amanda Johnson three-pointer snapped the scoreless streak and brought the Wolfpack within eight. It was the closest Nevada would get for the remainder of the game.
The Bison continued to pull away in the first half, going up by 15 at halftime, 38-23, as DeGagne tallied 17 first half points. The team shot 41.7 percent in the first half, making 15 of 36 shots and outrebounded Nevada, 28-16.
After an early second half three-pointer from Arielle Wideman, Hannah Linz responded immediately with her second three of the game. The Wolfpack then scored the next four points and held the Bison scoreless over three minutes before Van Kirk got the Bison back on track with a short jumper.
The Bison went up by as many as 23 in the second half after a Plucker steal led to a Van Kirk layup with 4:28 to go.
The Bison shot 29.4 percent (10-34) in the second half to finish the game at 35.7 percent. Nevada shot 30.2 percent (19-63).
NDSU dominated the boards, snagging 57 rebounds to Nevada's 38. In addition to Plucker's 12 boards, Janae Burich added 10 and Danielle Muri had seven. Burich also tallied six blocks, one off her career high.