Bison Edge Omaha for Senior Day Victory
North Dakota State scored the final five points of the game at the free throw line, as the Bison women's basketball team defeated Omaha 67-64 on Saturday in the regular season finale at the Scheels Center.
The Bison finished the regular season 10-18 overall and 7-9 in the Summit League, while Omaha closed the regular season at 7-22 overall and 2-14 in league play. NDSU will be the number six seed in the Summit League Championship next weekend, playing on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. against either Denver or Western Illinois. Omaha will be the number eight seed in the tournament and face top-seeded South Dakota in the quarterfinals.
Emily Dietz led the Bison with 17 points and 11 rebounds, recording her seventh double-double of the season and the 30th double-figure scoring game of her career. Rylee Nudell and Sofija Zivaljevic, both playing their final game at the Scheels Center, finished with 13 points apiece. Nudell added a game-high 13 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the year. Zivaljevic had a game-high two assists. Ella Ogier led the Mavericks with 17 points.
NDSU was 25-of-55 (45.5%) from the field and 4-of-15 (26.7%) from 3-point range, while Omaha was 26-of-59 (44.1%) from the floor and 5-of-20 from downtown. The Bison were 13-of-18 (72.2%) at the free throw line, while Omaha was 7-of-9 (77.8%). The Bison had a 38-28 advantage in rebounds and a 42-34 advantage in points in the paint.
Omaha used an 11-2 run in the first quarter to take its largest lead of the game at 19-8 with 3:10 to play in the first quarter. Down by nine, NDSU went on an 11-0 run in the second quarter to take their its first lead of the game at 23-21 on a pair of free throws by Zivaljevic. The Bison led 34-29 at the half and extended that lead to seven throughout the early part of the third quarter. NDSU led 51-44 with 8:16 to play before Omaha went on a 9-2 run to tie the game at 53-53 with 5:12 to play. A 3-pointer by Mariah Murdie with 1:25 to play gave Omaha a 64-62 lead, but it would be the final points of the game for the Mavericks. Nudell hit a pair of free throws with 1:07 to play to tie the game. Dietz blocked a shot by Rayanna Carter with :39 left and then hit a free throw on the other end to give NDSU a 65-64 lead with :09 to play. Dietz missed the second free throw, but Ryan Cobbins grabbed the rebound. Nudell was fouled with :04 left and hit two free throws to secure the victory.