ORANGEBURG, S.C. (UND Athletics) - With five players reaching double figures, and the team nearly summiting the 100-point plateau for the second-straight game, the University of North Dakota (6-2) won the first game of its Thanksgiving swing in South Carolina over South Carolina State, 95-53. The Bulldogs (1-6) were outrebounded by the Fighting Hawks, 46-21.
UND shot 54-percent from the field, including a 55-percent clip (11-of-20) behind the three-point line. Melissa Leet recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 11 boards, while Julia Fleecs led all scorers with 17 points. North Dakota also dished 24 assists on its 35 baskets.
"Today's game presented its challenges: the travel, playing on the road, and athleticism to the style of play," said Head Coach Travis Brewster. "Our goal is to understand that pressure is an expectation and privilege of playing the game.
"Scrutiny, consequences are results that come from the decisions we make in the game. This group is working hard to share it all, and that's exciting. To keep getting multiple scorers in double digits isn't easy, and it's fun to see that happen."
UND got off to a hot start, hitting four of its first seven shots behind the arc with an impressive 8-of-15 field goal percentage as it led 21-9 after the opening period. The Fighting Hawks continued its torrid scoring rate, lowering its turnovers from seven to two in the second quarter to lead 45-19 lead at halftime.
The Hawks had their best scoring in the third quarter thanks to five three-point field goals, two of which were drained by Lilly Keplin as she finished with 11 points. Maggie Manson also contributed to the outside performance as she drilled both of her attempts to finish with 10 points.
North Dakota built its lead up to 40 points in after a pair of free throws by Olivia Lane with 2:58 remaining in regulation and taking its largest lead of 43 points with 43 seconds left on the clock. The Fighting Hawks also closed the night with 64 points in the paint, helped by Megan Zander 10 points and three assists.
Leet also contributed to the assist total as she dished four helpers while also recording four blocks.
UND will close its stay in South Carolina on Saturday, Nov. 30 when it takes on Charleston Southern. The game will tipoff at 2 p.m. Central.