Janae Burich scored 23 points and Hannah Linz hit four three-pointers as North Dakota State defeated Oakland University 78-65 in a Summit League women's basketball game played before 419 hearty fans in the Bison Sports Arena.
North Dakota State (2-2 Summit League, 4-11 overall) posted its first win over the Golden Grizzlies (1-3 Summit League, 5-8 overall) since Feb. 4, 2008, at OU. Oakland had won the last seven meetings in a row.
NDSU hosts Dakota State (5-7) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4.
Burich, a 6-foot-4 junior from Roseville, Minn., connected on a career-high 11 of 16 field goals. Burich only had two double-figure scoring efforts in NDSU's first 13 games put together a pair of the last two contests.
Burich's biggest play came on defense after Oakland erased a 44-35 deficit to tie the game at 44-all with 10:53 remaining on a Bethany Watterworth leaning jumper. Watterworth led OU with 19 points.
North Dakota State's Dani DeGagne hit a pair of free throws in the bonus situation with 10:25 remaining. The Bison shot a season-high 23 of 26 for 88.5 percent from the foul line.
Burich stretched her long frame to gain a steal on the next trip down the floor, then flipped it to Jamie Van Kirk, who then went the distance to put the Bison ahead 49-44 at the 10:06 mark.
DeGagne's free throws, the Burich steal and Van Kirk layup were the start of a 17-2 Bison run. The Golden Grizzlies didn't recover.
Burich led a group of four NDSU players in double-figures. Van Kirk scored 15 points and added four rebounds, and Linz netted 14 points and was 4 of 5 from three-point. Abby Plucker scored 10 points, snared nine rebounds and had six assists. Plucker made 8 of 8 from the foul line.
Oakland shot 44.9 percent from the field compared to NDSU's 42.9 percent. However, the Bison held a 36-28 rebounding advantage and committed only 10 turnovers. NDSU also received alert play from Danielle Muri, Britney Gaines and Catavia Jones.
Zakiya Minifee netted 15 points for Oakland, while Brittany Carnago added 10.