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UND tips instate rival North Dakota State in overtime

UND tips instate rival North Dakota State in overtime

FARGO — Two different times Saturday night, North Dakota State senior guard Brooke LeMar hit 3-pointers to give the Bison a lead — one with under two minutes left in regulation and one in overtime.

In the end, however, LeMar’s big shots came in a losing effort as the University of Dakota claimed a narrow 90-87 nonconference women’s basketball victory over the NDSU at Scheels Arena.

“It is extremely frustrating,” LeMar said of the loss – NDSU’s third in a row to their in-state rival. “To almost have it again is tough.”

LeMar, who finished with a game-high 33 points, knocked down a 3-pointer with one minute, 32 seconds left to play in regulation to give the Bison an 80-78 lead – its first advantage of the second half.

UND (7-1) tied the game, getting two free throws from sophomore guard Leah Szabla with 31 seconds remaining to eventually force overtime.

In overtime, LeMar hit another 3-pointer with 25 seconds left to give the Bison an 87-86 lead.

UND’s Makailah Dyer answered with a layup on the ensuing possession, which ended up being the game-winning basket.

NDSU’s Liz Keena had a layup roll off the rim on NDSU’s ensuing possession. UND senior center Emily Evers was fouled by NDSU’s Holly Johnson on the rebound and made two free throws on the other end. Later, Kahla Becken attempted a buzzer-beater 3-pointer to tie the game, but the shot was off target.

“Certainly that is not the outcome our team wanted,” NDSU head coach Maren Walseth said. “I understand the rivalry and it is a fierce one, but our season is not dictated by one game. We have to remain focused and stay true to our process of improving every game.”

UND was led by junior forward Mia Loyd, who scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

“It was a typical game played between these two teams,” UND head coach Travis Brewster said. “NDSU knocked down a lot of shots, but the good thing for us was we were able to make some plays down the stretch.”

UND led 50-42 at halftime.

The Bison (3-4) pulled to within two points of UND early in the second half after getting back-to-back 3-pointers from LeMar, but UND recovered with an 8-0 run to restore its lead to double digits.

UND led 70-54 with 9:31 left to play.

“We called a timeout around the 10 minute mark and coach looked at us and said it is go time,” said Johnson, who scored 17 points for the Bison. “It was a good opportunity for us and we fought hard. It just ended up not being enough in the end.”

UND (7-1): Loyd 9-15 4-4 22, Evers 6-13 3-4 15, Szabla 5-7 2-2 12, Burck 1-3 0-0 2, Vyer 5-11 2-2 12, Knox 6-11 3-8 15, Strand 0-1 0-0 0, Lauck 2-8 4-4 8, Kiser 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 36-71 18-24 90.

NDSU (3-4): Johnson 6-8 3-3 17, Keena 2-9 2-2 6, Whittle 5-11 0-0 11, LeMar 13-29 3-5 33, Becken 1-7 0-0 2, Thunstedt 4-9 3-3 12, Spier 0-4 3-4 3, Brown 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 32-81 14-17 87.

Half: UND 50, NDSU 42. Regulation: UND 80, NDSU 80. 3-point goals: UND 0-7 (Burck 0-1, Dyer 0-1, Knox 0-1, Strand 0-1, Lauck 0-3), NDSU 9-26 (Johnson 2-2, Whittle 1-3, LeMar 4-7, Becken 0-6, Thunstedt 1-5, Brown 1-3). Total Fouls: UND 19, NDSU 21. Rebounds: UND 47 (Loyd, Evers 13), NDSU 36 (Johnson 7). Assists: UND 19 (Dyer 6), NDSU 15 (LeMar 7). Steals: UND 9 (Lauck 3), NDSU 15 (Thunstedt 6). Turnovers: UND 22, NDSU 17. A: 1,469.

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