Sioux women win in TexasUND makes 12 3-pointers in 63-47 victory
By: Christy Kramer, UND
EDINBURG, Texas — With a season-high 12 three-pointers and four players in double-figures, the University of North Dakota women’s basketball team captured another Great West Conference win with a 63-47 victory over Texas-Pan American at the UTPA Fieldhouse. The Fighting Sioux (7-13, 3-1 GWC) have won all of their league games on the road while this was the first conference loss for the Broncs (6-13, 2-1 GWC) on their home floor.
“We have to find a way to come out with some intensity,” head coach Gene Roebuck said. “We didn’t have that today. We can say all we want about the travel, but once you step on that floor with ‘North Dakota’ written across your chest it’s time to play basketball. No one else in the state can wear those words, so when you do, it has to mean something.”
UND controlled the game through much of the first half, but the home team was able to knock the Sioux advantage down to just six before the halftime buzzer sounded. North Dakota opened the second half with a 29-23 lead and held strong until a 13-0 run by the Broncs gave them a two-point advantage – their first lead of the game.
North Dakota fired back in strong fashion to finish the game on a 24-5 run for the win.
“The good thing is, we won a game,” Roebuck said. “It wasn’t pretty, but we won a game. I’ll take the game, but we have to get a lot better.”
Junior Mallory Youngblut (G, Davenport, Iowa) led all players with 14 points. Twelve of those points came from behind the three-point line and 10 were scored in the final half. Youngblut also registered a team-high nine rebounds and five assists.
The rest of the trio in double-digits: seniors Jossy Bergan (G, Valley City, N.D.), Kayla Bagaason (G, Clearbrook, Minn.) and Whitney Ledger (F, Bismarck, N.D.) finished with 11 points apiece.
For both Bergan and Bagaason, all but two of their respective 11 points came from inside the three-point arc. The bulk of Ledger’s points were scored in the paint.
UTPA was led by Aleeya Grigsby, who finished with 13 points on 4-for-7 shooting from the field and a 5-for-6 showing at the free throw line. She also added a team-best nine rebounds. Marah Guzman and Maria Erlingsdottir finished with seven points apiece.
The Fighting Sioux out-shot the Broncs in all areas and finished with a slight 37-35 rebounding margin.
Beyond the three-point line the Sioux made a season-high 12 three-pointers while UTPA managed to make just three.
North Dakota will continue its Texas conference schedule on Saturday when it takes on Houston Baptist in Houston. Gametime is scheduled for 5:35 p.m. at Sharp Gymnasium.
Texas-Pan American took first possession, but North Dakota hit the board first as junior Corey Lof (G, Detroit Lakes, Minn.) found Ledger open at the block. After taking a pass from the top of the key, Lof dribbled right from the free throw line, got two players to commit and then dished off to Ledger who flashed to the low block.
Bergan hit from three-point range for the Fighting Sioux before Grigsby put the Broncs on the board with 17:33 on the clock.
A quick 7-0 run for the Sioux pushed their lead to 10 and with a three-pointer by Bagaason at 15:19, UND held a 17-6 advantage.
The Broncs used the next nine minutes to work the UND lead down to just six – the smallest margin since the opening five minutes. Rose Esther Jean put in UTPA’s first basket of the run at 14:06 and Guzman closed the Bronc advantage at 6:05 to put the score at 18-12.
With just over three minutes left in the half the Sioux were up by 10 points, but a set of UTPA three-points took the game into the break with UND leading by just six.
The Fighting Sioux came out of the break with a 29-23 lead, but after just seven minutes UTPA had knotted the game at 35-35 – the first tie of the evening.
A set of free throws by Grigsby gave the Broncs their first (and only) lead of the game, but a strong second half attack by UND helped to regain the lead and take back control.
UTPA scored its final field goal of the game, a three-pointer by Erlingsdottir, at 10:49 while North Dakota set out on a 16-2 run to nabbed its third conference road win.
GAME NOTES: UND’s three-point total (12) was the most made this season since the team drained nine at Northern Arizona on Dec. 18, 2009 … Kayla Bagaason is just 71 points away from becoming the 28th member of UND’s 1,000 Point Club. She is just two three-pointers away from tying Jenny Hoffner (1997-01) at No. 7 on UND’s career three-pointer list with 152 … Jossy Bergan is now tied with Tracey Pudenz (1991-94) at the No. 9 spot on UND’s career three-pointer list with 147 … North Dakota now holds an NCAA Division I transition record of 25-24 and a 3-1 record in the Great West Conference … Since the move the Sioux are 9-5 in the month of January and 7-4 when playing on a Saturday … The Fighting Sioux are 758-281 all-time and 582-117 under head coach Gene Roebuck.