Four Bison scored in double figures as the North Dakota State women claimed an 80-68 victory over Southern Utah in Summit League basketball on Saturday, Jan. 7. The Bison won their fourth straight game to improve to 6-11 overall and 3-2 in league play. The Thunderbirds fell to 4-11 overall and 0-4 in the league.
Jamie Van Kirk led the Bison with 17 points and also dished out six assists. Abby Plucker notched her fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Hannah Linz added 13 and Britney Gaines scored 10.
The Bison shot 8 for 12 from the three-point line in the first half, including three from Linz, to take a 40-36 lead into the break. Van Kirk had 11 of her 17 points in the first half.
NDSU opened up an 11-point lead to start the second half, holding Southern Utah scoreless for over four minutes. The Bison never relinquished the lead, going up by as many as 18 points after a Janae Burich jumper with 4:29 to go.
The Bison finished the game shooting 42.9 percent (27-63), while the Thunderbirds finished at 38.8 percent (26-67). NDSU shot a season-high 61.1 percent (11-18) from the three-point line as six different players hit from behind the arc.
NDSU continues its Summit League road trip Monday, Jan. 9 with a 7:05 p.m. game against Oral Roberts.