Turnovers Plague Bison in Loss at Creighton

OMAHA, Neb. (NDSU Athletics) -- Creighton scored 26 points off 21 North Dakota State turnovers Monday night, as the Bluejays beat the NDSU women's basketball team 70-59 in front of 888 fans at D.J. Sokol Arena.

The loss dropped the Bison to 0-4 on the season, while the Bluejays improved to 3-1. All three wins for Creighton have come against Summit League schools (Omaha, South Dakota State, North Dakota State). NDSU returns to action on Friday, as the Bison host Iowa State. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Scheels Center. The Cyclones are 1-1 entering a Tuesday morning game against Texas Southern. ISU will be the first Big 12 school to play in Fargo.

Emily Dietz had her second double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 assists, while dishing out a season-high two assists. Ryan Cobbins had 11 points, scoring in double figures for the fourth-straight game. Cobbins joins teammate Michelle Gaislerova as the only two players in NDSU's NCAA Division I history to score in double figures in the first four games of their freshman year. Rylee Nudell added a season-high 10 points for her 30th career double digit scoring effort. Jaylyn Agnew and Tatum Rembao led the Bluejays with 25 and 22 points respectively.

Gaislerova tied a career-high with seven rebounds, while Danneka Voegeli added six. Sofija Zivaljevic and Nicole Scales each had two assists. Cobbins had a season-high two blocked shots, while recording two steals as well.

The Bison were 22-of-54 (40.7%) from the floor and 6-of-17 (35.3%) from 3-point range. Creighton was 28-of-58 (48.3%) from the field and 6-of-17 (35.3%) from downtown. NDSU was 9-of-16 (56.3%) at the free throw line, while the Bluejays were 8-of-12. Creighton had a 42-28 advantage in the paint and 26-8 in points off turnovers. NDSU won the battle on the glass with a 39-29 rebounding advantage.

NDSU had a 6-2 lead in the first :44 of the game, but the Bluejays closed the remainder of the first quarter on a 13-4 run to take a 15-10 lead after the first quarter. The Bison opened the second quarter on a 13-4 run, taking a 23-19 lead on six-straight points from Dietz.

The Bison led 28-25 at the half and extended that lead to 31-25 as Zivaljevic hit a 3-pointer to open the second half. Creighton responded with a 13-2 run over the next 3:41 to take the lead for good.