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Balance Carries Bison Past IPFW

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Dani DeGagne scored a team-high 16 points and Abby Plucker recorded her 16th career double-double as North Dakota State defeated IPFW 64-50 in a Summit League women's basketball game played Monday, Jan. 30, before 207 at Gates Sports Center.

North Dakota State (8-15, 5-6 Summit) snapped a three-game losing streak with its second road win of the season. The Bison host Oral Roberts (14-8, 8-3 Summit) at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, in the WBCA Play 4Kay breast cancer awareness game. ORU lost to South Dakota 60-57 on Monday night.

IPFW (7-15, 4-7 Summit) rallied from an early eight-point deficit to make things interesting in the first half as the lead changed hands 10 times and was tied once. Anne Boese scored nine of her game-high 17 points to spark the Mastodons. Stephanie Rosado and Sarah Haluska both added 11 points.

However, DeGagne put the Bison ahead 26-24 at halftime on a fade-away jumper while falling down with under a second left. DeGagne scored 10 of her team-high total in the first period.

North Dakota State received a lift from Miki Stephenson and Catavia Jones, who played important minutes when Janae Burich picked up her second foul with 10 minutes left in the first half. Burich did finish with six blocked shots.

While IPFW did tie the game twice early in the final half, North Dakota State wouldn't trail again as a number of players contributed. The Bison built a 47-37 advantage with 7:17 left on a Kahla Becken jumper.

It took less than a minute, but the Mastadons rattle off six straight to close to within 47-43 at the 6:24 mark.

Plucker nailed a key three-pointer with 4:04 left that stopped the IPFW rally and started a 9-0 NDSU run that extended the lead to 56-43 with 2:45 remaining. The spurt featured a pair of jumpers including a three-pointer from Hannah Linz.

Plucker scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and eight different players scored. The Bison shot 47.8 percent from the field including 6 of 12 from the three-point line compared to 31.1 percent and 5 of 23 from three for IPFW. Britney Gaines, Becken and Linz all hit from beyond the arc.

North Dakota State held a 40-34 rebounding edge. The Bison overcame 18 turnovers and scored 16 points off 14 IPFW miscues.

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