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Late First-Half Run too Much to Overcome as Bison Women Fall

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A late first-half run by IUPUI (17-6, 7-1 Summit) was too much for the NDSU women's basketball team (6-17, 2-6 Summit) to overcome, as they fell to the Jaguars Thursday night, Feb. 6, inside "The Jungle," 77-53, in Summit League action.

Holly Johnson led the Bison with 20 points on 7-for-14 shooting in the contest. Brooke LeMar also reached double digits for the Bison, tallying 12 points.

DeAirra Goss paced the Jaguars, also scoring 20 points.

The Bison went 3-for-4 from the field the opening 3:24 of the first-half to jump out to an 8-0 lead over IUPUI and led by as much as a dozen, 14-2, after a made three-pointer from Johnson with 15:34 to go. The Bison couldn't hold the lead though, as IUPUI used a 12-4 run from 11:33 to 7:14 to gain its first lead of the game, 24-22, after a made layup from Akilah Sims. The Bison regained a 25-24 lead less than a minute later after Bree Whatman converted a layup, was fouled and made the bonus free throw, but, the Jaguars answered, using another 12-4 run to regain the lead going into halftime, 36-29.  
IUPUI scored 16 points off 12 Bison turnovers in the opening stanza and pulled down 20 rebounds, nine offensive, compared to just 13 for NDSU.   

The Jaguars controlled the second half, outscoring the Bison 21-9 the opening nine minutes of the half to take a commanding 57-38 lead, a lead they held to remainder of the contest to pick-up their seventh straight victory.

NDSU shot 20-for-54 from the field for 37 percent and 6-for-16 from beyond the arc for 38 percent in the game. The Bison made 7-of-9 free throw attempts for 78 percent.

IUPUI forced the Bison into a season-high 21 turnovers in the game, leading to 26 Jaguar points.

The Bison were out-rebounded in the contest by the Jags, 38-29, including a 15-12 advantage for the home team on the offensive glass.

NDSU returns to action Saturday, Feb. 8, when it travels to Fort Wayne, Ind., for a 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET) Summit League showdown with the Fort Wayne Mastodons. Airtime on 740 "The Fan" is set for 12:40 p.m. CT (1:40 p.m. ET). 

-NDSU Athletics

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