Long Ball Dooms NDSU Women in Loss at Oral Roberts

TULSA, Okla. (NDSU Athletics) -- Oral Roberts (11-10, 4-4 Summit) hit the second most 3-pointers in Summit League history on Saturday, as the Golden Eagles beat the North Dakota State (6-14, 3-5 Summit) women's basketball team 101-72 at the Mabee Center.

The Bison held an 8-6 lead on the Golden Eagles late in the first quarter on a 3-pointer by Michelle Gaislerova. Oral Roberts closed the quarter on a 9-2 run, taking a 15-10 lead after the first quarter.

Oral Roberts would push the lead to eight in the second quarter, but the Bison battled back to tie the game on a 3-pointer by Sofija Zivaljevic with 4:43 to play in the half. The Bison scored 12 of the final 19 points in the half, as a jumper by Zivaljevic as time expired tied the game at 38-38 at the half.

Gaislerova opened the second half with a 3-pointer, but the Golden Eagles answered with a 25-7 run over a 5:27 span to push the lead to double digits for the remainder of the game. A free throw to close the quarter gave Oral Roberts a 73-53 lead after the third quarter, as the Golden Eagles were 12-of-15 from the field in the third quarter, including hitting all seven 3-point attempts.

Oral Roberts used an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter to put the game away. The Golden Eagles were 5-of-10 from 3-point range in the fourth quarter.

Rylee Nudell led the Bison with a career-high 22 points. Gaislerova and Zivaljevic joined her in double figures with 18 and 11 points apiece, tying a career-high for Zivaljevic. KeniJo Lippe and Maya Mayberry scored 34 and 31 points respectively for the Golden Eagles. Emily Dietz led the Bison with five rebounds, while Danneka Voegeli added four boards off the bench. Tyrah Spencer tied a season-high with four assists, while Cirkeline Rimdal tied a career-high with three assists.

NDSU was 22-of-47 (46.8%) from the floor and 11-of-20 (55%) from 3-point range, tied for the sixth best percentage in school history. Oral Roberts was 35-of-59 (59.3%) from the field and 18-of-33 (54.5%) from 3-point range, tied for the second most in Summit League history. The Bison were 17-of-31 (54.8%) from the free throw line, while Oral Roberts was 13-of-16 (81.3%) at the charity stripe. Oral Roberts held advantages in points in the paint (34-16), second chance points (14-7) and fastbreak points (12-0).

The Bison return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 30 as they host Waldorf at the Scheels Center.