Bison Women fall late at Western Illinois
Western Illinois used a 26-15 fourth quarter advantage Saturday night, as the Leathernecks beat the North Dakota State women's basketball team 86-79 at Western Hall.
NDSU dropped to 6-15 overall and 3-6 in Summit League play with the loss, while Western Illinois improved to 12-11 overall and 6-4 in league play. The Leathernecks took both games in the season series, winning in double overtime in Fargo on Jan. 2. NDSU returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 6 at Omaha. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Baxter Arena.
Five Bison scored in double figures, led by Michelle Gaislerova's 12th career 20-plus point game with 20 points. Ryan Cobbins had 14 points for her sixth-straight game in double figures, while Raquel Terrer van Gool had a career-high 12 points. Rylee Nudell and Nicole Scales each had 10 points. Olivia Kaufmann led the Leathernecks with a game-high 24 points.
Emily Dietz had a game-high 11 rebounds, while Nudell and Gaislerova had seven and five respectively. Scales had five assists, while Cobbins added four. Dietz made her 50th-straight start, while Nudell moved into seventh in school history with her 99th career start.
The Bison were 30-of-65 (46.2%) from the floor and 6-of-17 (35.3%) from 3-point range. Western Illinois was 29-of-71 (40.8%) from the field and 9-of-24 (37.5%) from downtown. The Leathernecks were 19-of-26 (73.1%) at the free throw line, while NDSU was 13-of-21 (61.9%). The Leathernecks had a 23-5 advantage in points off turnovers, while NDSU had a 42-23 advantage in bench points.
With the game tied at 42-42 at halftime, NDSU opened the second half on an 8-2 run. The Bison took a 64-60 lead into the fourth quarter after Western Illinois got a pair of free throws from Kaufmann with :04 left on the clock in the third period. The Leathernecks opened the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run in less than a minute. Back-to-back baskets by Nudell and Gaislerova tied the game at 72-72 with 4:48 to play before the Leathernecks closed the game on a 14-7 run.