Paige Frauendorfer netted a game-high 25 points and Paige Nash had 11 points and 11 assists to lead the University of Nebraska Omaha past North Dakota State 61-52 in a Summit League women's basketball game played Thursday, Jan. 24, before 451 fans at Sapp Fieldhouse.
North Dakota State (7-13, 3-5 Summit) will play at Kansas City (6-14, 2-5 Summit) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. The Kangaroos lost 47-46 at IUPUI.
The Bison and Mavs (14-5, 4-3 Summit) went back and forth for the game's first 14 minutes as the score tied five times and the lead changed hand on four occasions.
Jamie Van Kirk hit her second three-pointer of the first half to put NDSU ahead 21-20 with 5:52 remaining.
Omaha outscored the Bison 12-2 to close out the first half and take a 32-23 hafltime lead. Frauendorfer scored five points to spark the run, while Erica Houser made her third three-point field goal of the half. Houser scored 11 of her 13 points in the opening half.
UNO connected on 58 percent from the field in the first half compared to 25 percent for North Dakota State. The Bison stayed close scoring 11 points off 12 turnovers.
The 5-foot-4 Nash set the tone on both ends of the floor for Omaha. She added a game-high nine rebounds and three steals to go along with the points and assists. The Mavs outrebounded NDSU 42-32.
North Dakota State had chances to close the deficit in the second half, coming to within five points several times miday in the period. Frauendorfer ended one threat with a jumper and the Bison were hurt by going eight minutes without a field goal.
Katie Birkel led NDSU with 15 points, while Dani DeGagne added 11. Marena Whittle added eight rebounds and season-high four steals, while Liz Keena snared a career-high five rebounds.