Bison Edge Omaha for Senior Day Victory

Published: Feb. 29, 2020 at 10:09 PM CST
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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.

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