FARGO, N.D. (NDSU Athletics) - Minnesota Duluth raced out to a 13-0 lead in the first 4:38 on Tuesday night, as the Bulldogs defeated the North Dakota State women's basketball team 70-65 in an exhibition game at the Scheels Center.
The Bison answered with an 8-0 run of their own to cut the lead to 13-8 on a layup by Emily Dietz with 3:01 to play in the first quarter. The lead stood after a quarter, as the Bulldogs led 17-12.
NDSU opened the first 4:59 of the second quarter on a 16-5 run, including scoring nine-straight points to end the run. A jumper in the lane by Michelle Gaislerova with 5:01 left in the half gave the Bison a 28-22 lead, its largest of the game. A layup by Rylee Nudell gave the Bison a 33-32 lead at the break.
With the Bison leading 41-37 with 6:04 to play in the third quarter, Minnesota Duluth went on a 14-6 run to close the quarter. Sarah Grow scored the final six points of the quarter for the Bulldogs, as they took a 51-47 lead into the fourth quarter. The run continued into the fourth quarter, where Minnesota Duluth scored 11 of the first 17 points to take a 62-53 lead on a jumper by Grow with 5:32 to play. The Bison twice cut the lead to one in the final two minutes on a layup by Nudell with 1:53 to play and a trey by Gaislerova with :54 left. Emma Boehm hit a layup with :23 left before Grow closed the game with a pair of free throws with :06 to play.
Gaislerova led the Bison with a game-high 20 points, while Nudell joined her in double figures with 15 points. Emma Boehm led the Bulldogs with 19 points. Gaislerova and Tyrah Spencer led the Bison with four rebounds apiece, while four others each had three boards. Marina Fernandez had a game-high eight assists, while Spencer dropped in three.
The Bison held a 32-24 advantage in the paint. NDSU turned the ball over 23 times, while the Bulldogs had 14 turnovers. Minnesota Duluth finished with 12 steals, while the Bison had four. NDSU was 26-of-45 (57.8%) from the field and 7-of-15 (46.7%) from 3-point range. The Bulldogs were 24-of-60 (40%) from the floor and 7-of-18 (38.9%) from downtown. NDSU as 6-of-13 (46.2%) at the free throw line, while Minnesota Duluth was 15-of-18 (83.3%) at the charity stripe.
NDSU will open the regular season on Tuesday, Nov. 6 with a game against Mayville State. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Scheels Center.