Bison women's basketball (6-16, 2-5 Summit) used a strong second half shooting performance to claim an 85-79 victory over Summit League newcomer Denver (5-17, 3-4 Summit) Saturday, Feb. 1, inside the Bison Sports Arena.
The Bison shot an impressive 67 percent from the field in the second-half, going 18-for-27.
Brooke LeMar led all scorers in the game, scoring a new career-high 33 points on 12-for-19 shooting while dishing out eight assists.
NDSU trailed 51-45 after Denver's Desiree Hunter converted a layup with 13:37 remaining in the second half before Kahla Becken drilled a jumper 13 seconds later to cut the Denver lead to four, 51-47.
Becken's jumper ignited the Bison offense as NDSU went on a 12-5 run the next 3:26 that saw Marena Whittle give NDSU its first lead of the game, 57-56, with 10:38 to go after she made a layup, was fouled and converted the bonus free throw.
Denver tied the game twice more in the second stanza before a Becken three with 7:44 remaining gave the Bison the lead for good.
Whittle also scored in double figures for the game, netting 17 points on 60 percent shooting. She led the team in rebounding, snagging nine boards.
NDSU went 33-for-67 (49 percent) from the field and made 5-of-12 (42 percent) attempts from beyond the arc in the contest. The Bison went 14-of-19 from the free-throw line for 74 percent.
The Pioneers were led by Paige Bradley with 17 points.
With the victory, NDSU improves to 6-16 overall and 2-5 in league play while Denver falls to 5-17 on the season and 3-4 in league action.
The Bison return to the court Thursday, Feb. 6, when they travel to Indianapolis to face IUPUI. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CT (7 p.m. ET) with airtime on KVOX 740-AM "The Fan" slated for 5:40 p.m.