DENVER, Colo. – The Denver Pioneers (11-8, 4-2 Summit) outscored the North Dakota State (5-12, 2-3 Summit) women’s basketball team 23-7 in the third quarter en route to an 81-54 win at Hamilton Gymnasium Thursday night.
Denver, the nation’s leader in 3-pointers made, used an 8-2 run over a 6:49 span of the first quarter to lead 13-8 after the opening quarter.
The Pioneers used a 12-4 run midway through the second quarter to push the lead to 29-14 with 5:47 left in the half. Denver outscored NDSU 27-21 in the second quarter, as the Pioneers led 40-29 at the break.
After exchanging baskets early in the third quarter, Denver went on a 13-0 run over a 3:10 span to put the game away, taking a 58-32 lead with 5:36 left in the third quarter.
NDSU was 7-of-8 at the free throw line in the fourth quarter, as the two teams both scored 18 points in the final quarter.
The Bison were 15-of-46 (32.6%) from the field and 5-of-17 (29.4%) from 3-point range. The Pioneers were 31-of-62 from the floor and 5-of-13 (38.5%) from 3-point range, the second fewest 3-pointers made by Denver this season. NDSU was 19-of-27 (70.4%) at the free throw line, while the Pioneers were 14-of-18 (77.8%) at the charity stripe. Denver held advantages in points in the paint (50-14), points off turnovers (21-7) and fast break points (20-2).
Michelle Gaislerova led the Bison with 13 points, her 31st career game in double figures. Tyrah Spencer joined her in double figures with 11 points, while Rylee Nudell added nine points. Madison Nelson led the Pioneers with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Gaislerova and Danneka Voegeli had five rebounds apiece for the Bison. Marina Fernandez had three assists, while Macey Kvilvang had a pair of blocked shots in her first game back since the season opener. Emily Dietz tied a career-high with two steals.
The Bison return to action on Sunday, Jan. 20, as they host North Dakota at 1 p.m.