Bison women bounce back with win over Western Illinois

Reneya Hopkins, NDSU Women's Basketball
Reneya Hopkins, NDSU Women's Basketball(KVLY)
Published: Jan. 3, 2021 at 10:13 PM CST
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MACOMB, Ill. (NDSU Athletics) - The North Dakota State women’s basketball team used a 21-8 run in the first quarter and never looked back, as the Bison picked up a 93-60 win over Western Illinois to earn a season split with the Leathernecks.

The victory was the first in Western Hall since 2014 for the Bison, snapping a skid of seven games that included a 77-65 Leatherneck victory on Saturday. The Bison improved to 6-2 overall and 1-1 in Summit League play, while Western Illinois dropped to 2-8 overall and 1-1 in league play. The Bison are scheduled to face Omaha on Friday night at the Scheels Center. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. in the first game of a doubleheader with the men. The Mavericks are 1-4 and have had their last three games either canceled or postponed due to Covid-19.

Emily Dietz finished with a game-high 15 points and 14 rebounds, recording her ninth career double-double. It was the 25th time in her career she has led the Bison in rebounding. Dietz also added a season-high four assists. Kylie Strop had a career-high 11 points, while Reneya Hopkins, Kadie Deaton, Ryan Cobbins and Michelle Gaislerova each had 10 points. Gaislerova was 2-for-4 from 3-point range, moving into a tie for second in school history with 192 in her career. Strop had a career-high three steals, while Abby Schulte added a pair. Grace Gilmore led the Leathernecks with 15 points.

The Bison scored 56 points off the bench, the most under head coach Jory Collins. NDSU also had a 27-13 advantage in points off turnovers, 40-20 advantage in the paint and a 15-3 advantage in second chance points. The Bison were 34-of-64 (53.1%) from the field and 10-of-23 (43.5%) from 3-point range. The Leathernecks were 18-of-50 (36%) from the floor and 8-of-19 (42.1%) from downtown. The Bison were 15-of-17 (88.2%) at the free throw line, while Western Illinois was 16-of-21 (76.2%).

Western Illinois held an early 4-2 lead before the Bison went on a 21-8 run over the final 6:17 of the first quarter. NDSU pushed the lead to 17, but the Leathernecks went on an 11-3 run to cut the lead to nine. Marie Olson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to push the NDSU lead to 41-29 at the half. The Bison scored the first seven points of the second half and used a 13-0 run over a 3:08 span to end the third quarter and start the fourth. The Bison scored the final 15 points of the game in the last 2:38.

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