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Published November 25, 2009, 10:52 PM

Gonzaga routs Sioux women

Zags roll 85-46

By: Christy Kramer, UND

SPOKANE, Wash. — With a career-high 25 points from Kayla Standish the Bulldogs of Gonzaga took an 85-46 victory over the University of North Dakota in front of 2,031 fans at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

The early six-point lead for the Fighting Sioux (1-4) was brief and short-lived as the Bulldogs (4-1) used several big runs and 56 points from the bench to take their fourth-straight victory of the season.

“I think this is the best team that we have played all year,” head coach Gene Roebuck said. “They really complement each other and have a great bench. They have all of the tools.”

Standish, a 6-2 sophomore, led all players with 25 points off of the bench. She was joined at the top of the list by Katelyn Redmon with 17 points and Heather Bowman with 11 points and team-high six rebounds. The Bulldogs were 44.2 percent (34-for-77) from the field and 75.0 percent (9-for-12) from the free throw line.

They led the turnover battle 29-9 and finished with a mild 45-43 rebounding advantage.

The Fighting Sioux were led by senior Jossy Bergan (G, Valley City, N.D.) who finished with 13 points – just two shy of her career-high 15 points. Fellow senior Kayla Bagaason (G, Clearbrook, Minn.) came away with eight points and freshmen Nicole Smart (G, Ada, Minn.) and Shyla Kuehl (F, Hustisford, Wis.) both scored a career-high six points.

Junior Mallory Youngblut (F, Davenport, Iowa) led all players with 10 rebounds.

UND was 8-for-19 (.421) from behind the three-point line and just 18-for 57 (.316) from the field.

All but one player contributed to the scoring for North Dakota.

“We need to get a lot tougher and be hard-nosed on both ends of the floor,” Roebuck said.

In her first start as a Fighting Sioux, Kuehl was the first to get UND on the board after putting in a second chance at 16:59. The Sioux moved into a 5-0 lead with a three-pointer from Youngblut and with three-point baskets to follow from Bagaason and Bergan, UND led the Bulldogs 11-5.

Courtney Vandersloot countered Bergan’s three-pointer with one of her own and kick-started a 22-2 Bulldog run to push them into a 27-13 lead with just over seven minutes left in the half.

A pair of baskets by Bagaason and a free throw from freshman Carly Rothfusz (G, Eden Prairie, Minn.) chipped the lead down to 27-19. Standish and fellow sophomore Kelly Bowen combined for 11 points in the final minutes to give Gonzaga the 40-19 advantage heading into the break.

UND started the second half with a three-point basket by Bergan, but the Bulldogs countered and then shot their way to a 27-point advantage. Another big 20-3 run by Gonzaga gave it a big 44-point lead and a solid hold of the ballgame.

North Dakota will make its return to “The Betty” on Sunday, Nov. 29 when it entertains Ball State in the first game of a Sioux Basketball double-header. The Fighting Sioux and the Cardinals are scheduled to tipoff at 2 p.m. (central).

GAME NOTES: Senior Whitney Ledger (F, Bismarck, N.D.) did not play due to injury … Freshman Shyla Kuehl (F, Hustisford, Wis.) made her first collegiate start as a Fighting Sioux.