Ball State comeback downs Sioux womenBergan, Youngblut set career highs in loss
By: Christy Kramer, UND
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Senior Jossy Bergan and junior Mallory Youngblut each set new scoring highs, but with two of its own players finishing with over 20 points, Ball State took an 89-77 victory over the University of North Dakota on Sunday in front of a Betty Engelstad Sioux Center crowd of 1,846.
The Cardinals (3-3), who had a big 21-7 run early in the second half to take control of the game, were led by Emily Maggert who registered the games only double-double. She finished with 22 points and 16 rebounds.
Audrey McDonald led all BSU players with 22 points thanks to a perfect 10-for-10 showing at the free throw line and 4-for-7 performance from beyond the arc. Danielle Gratton rounded out the Cardinal high scoring with 18 points.
North Dakota (1-5) led Ball State for the better part of the first half and took a slight 39-37 advantage with it to the locker-room. Twenty-one of those points were scored from beyond the three-point line as UND was 7-for-12 in the opening half.
Back out of the break the teams traded baskets until a jumpshot by Benning at 16:47 sparked a quick 12-0 run to give the Cardinals the 57-45 lead. The Sioux stayed in the game, but once again Ball State went on a run. The 17-6 run gave BSU a 23-point lead with just over seven minutes left in the half.
After trailing 77-54, UND managed to cut the Cardinal lead down to 10 points with under two minutes left, but Ball State held off the Sioux with a still strong showing from the free throw line.
Bergan (G, Valley City, N.D.) finished with 21 points, including nine from behind the three-point line and eight from the charity stripe. She was 5-for-13 from the field and 8-of-9 at the line. Bergan led both sides with six steals.
Youngblut (G, Davenport, Iowa) shot 8-for-14 from the field, 4-for-9 from beyond the arc and 2-for-2 from the free throw line to finish with 22 points. She also added a pair of steals, an assist and a blocked shot.
Also finishing in double-digits was senior Kayla Bagaason (G, Clearbrook, Minn.). She finished the game with 14 points and four assists.
The teams shot a combined 44-for-52 from the free throw line with UND coming away with a season-best 90.9 (20-for-22) percent. Ball State was 24-for-30 (.800) from the charity stripe and .519 (28-for-54) from the field.
The Fighting Sioux will hit the road once again as they travel south to take on Western Kentucky. The Sioux and the Lady Toppers are scheduled to tipoff at 6 p.m at the E.A Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Ky.
GAME NOTES: Katie Houdek scored her first collegiate basket inside the nine-minute mark of the second half ... North Dakota is now 752-273 all-time and 576-109 under head coach Gene Roebuck ... All-time at home the Sioux are 410-77 and 81-9 at "The Betty".