FARGO, N.D. (NDSU Athletics) -- UMKC went on a 17-0 run over the last 4:30 of the game, as the Roos downed the North Dakota State women's basketball team 69-59 at the Scheels Center.
The Roos had an early 7-2 lead 1:12 into the game, but the Bison answered with a 10-2 run over a 5:49 span to take a 12-9 lead on an and-one by Michelle Gaislerova with 1:51 left in the first quarter. UMKC hit a pair of free throws with :25 left in the quarter, cutting NDSU's lead to 14-13 after one.
After an early bucket by UMKC, NDSU went on a 12-4 run over a 3:55 span. A 3-pointer by Marina Fernandez with 3:38 left in the first half gave NDSU a 26-19 lead. The Bison lead would reach eight in the final seconds of the half before taking a 31-25 lead into the locker room at halftime, the largest halftime lead of the season for the Bison.
A 3-pointer by Ericka Mattingly with 7:35 left in the third quarter cut the NDSU lead to 36-32, but the Bison answered with a 9-3 run to take their largest lead of the season at 45-35 with 4:48 left in the third quarter. The Roos scored the final six points of the third quarter, as NDSU led 53-50 going into the fourth quarter.
UMKC started the fourth quarter scoring on a jumper in the lane by Leilh Vigil with 9:27 to play, but NDSU answered with six-straight points to take a 59-52 lead with 5:03 to play. A free throw by Emily Dietz with 5:03 left was the final points of the game for NDSU, as the Roos scored the final 17 points over a 3:29 span for the 69-59 victory.
Gaislerova led the Bison with 21 points, as she recorded back-to-back games with over 20 points. She has now scored in double figures in all eight games this season. Dietz added 16 points, while Tyrah Spencer had seven points. Mattingly led the Roos with a game-high 23 points. Dietz had a career-high 10 rebounds, as she recorded her first career double-double. Spencer added seven rebounds for the Bison. Rylee Nudell led NDSU with three assists, while Fernandez and Cirkeline Rimdal each had two. Spencer, Dietz and Rimdal each had two steals, a career-high for all three.
NDSU was 20-of-47 (42.6%) from the field and 6-of-13 (46.2%) from 3-point range. The Bison were 1-of-10 from the field in the fourth quarter. UMKC was 28-of-59 (47.5%) from the floor and 9-of-20 (45%) from downtown. The Roos were 4-of-5 at the free throw line, while NDSU was 13-of-17 (76.5%) at the charity stripe. UMKC held advantages in points in the paint (36-26) and bench points (20-6).
The Bison will have the week off before returning to action on Sunday, Dec. 9 against Milwaukee.