NDSU Falls to Northern Iowa in Season Opener

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (NDSU Athletics) - Northern Iowa used an 18-2 run in the first quarter to spoil the debut of North Dakota State head coach Jory Collins, as the Panthers defeated the Bison women's basketball team 95-63 Wednesday night at the McLeod Center.

The Bison will return to action on Sunday, as NDSU hosts Northern Illinois in the home opener. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. at the Scheels Center. The Huskies are 0-1 after a 59-53 loss to Harvard on Tuesday.

Michelle Gaislerova led three Bison in double figures with 15 points. Freshman Ryan Cobbins had 12 points, while Sofija Zivaljevic added 10. Gaislerova scored in double figures for the 40th time in her career, while also moving into seventh in school history with 127 career 3-pointers.

After the 18-2 run over a 5:09 span late in the first quarter, UNI outscored NDSU 52-46 between the second and third quarters. The Bison used a 6-0 run late in the third quarter to cut the lead to 15, but the Panthers outscored the Bison 26-9 from that point on.

NDSU was 25-of-59 (39%) from the floor and 5-of-14 (35.7%) from downtown. It was the 112th-straight game making multiple 3-pointers for the Bison. Northern Iowa was 29-of-59 (49.2%) from the field and 10-of-17 (58.8%) from 3-point range. NDSU was 12-of-16 at the free throw line, with Northern Iowa connected on 27-of-32 (84.4%) at the charity stripe. UNI had advantages in points off turnovers (22-11), fast break points (17-0) and bench points (42-19).