FARGO, N.D. (NDSU Athletics) -- Junior Michelle Gaislerova joined the 1,000 point club and broke an NCAA Division I record in the first quarter Thursday night, as the North Dakota State women's basketball team beat Purdue Fort Wayne 74-53 at the Scheels Center.
Gaislerova scored the first points of the game, as she became the 34th player in NDSU history to record 1,000 career points. She entered the game with 999 points, as she became the seventh player in the NCAA Division I era to surpass the total. With less than a minute to go in the first quarter, Gaislerova was fouled on a 3-point attempt. Her first make tied the NCAA Division I record of 70-straight makes by Lauren Prochaska of Bowling Green in 2011. The second one broke the record, while also moving her into third on the all-time NCAA record list. She currently has 72-straight makes, sitting only behind a pair of NCAA Division II totals of 118 and 78.
The Bison improved to 8-16 overall and 5-7 in the Summit League with the victory. Purdue Fort Wayne dropped to 5-20 overall and 1-11 in league play. The victory gave the Bison the season sweep after a 58-44 victory at Purdue Fort Wayne on Jan. 30. NDSU will have a week off before returning to action. The Bison hit the road for a pair of games next weekend, starting with a game on Feb. 20 at 16th-ranked South Dakota. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. in Vermillion.
Gaislerova finished with 18 points and six rebounds to lead the Bison. She also tied a career-high with four assists, while tying a season-high with two steals. Raquel Terrer van Gool tied a career-high with 12 points, while also grabbing six rebounds. Emily Dietz had eight points, while Rylee Nudell went over 900 career points with six on the night. Danneka Voegeli finished with six rebounds, while Nicole Scales and Cirkeline Rimdal each had three assists. Hannah Hess and Jazzy Hughes led the Mastodons with 10 points each.
The Bison led for 39:21 of the game and never trailed. NDSU had a 40-12 advantage in the paint. The Bison were 26-of-51 (51%) from the field and 5-of-10 from downtown. Purdue Fort Wayne was 17-of-55 (30.9%) from the floor and 9-of-28 (32.1%) from 3-point range. NDSU was 17-of-22 (77.3%) from the free throw line, while Purdue Fort Wayne was 10-of-12 (83.3%).
NDSU opened the game on an 8-2 run and never looked back. With 5:28 to play in the first quarter, Gaislerova hit a jumper to start a 16-3 run over the remainder of the opening quarter, as NDSU led 24-7. The Bison lead never dropped into single digits for the last 33:24 of the game. NDSU had its largest lead of the game on a layup by Sofija Zivaljevic with 7:52 to play at 63-37.