RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Portland State University

Lexi Klabo scored a game-high 29 points and added 10 rebounds but it wasn’t enough as Portland State University defeated the University of North Dakota women’s basketball team 80-61 win in the Big Sky Conference regular season finale for both squads Friday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The win gave Portland State (19-10 overall, 11-7 BSC) the six seed in the upcoming conference playoffs that start Monday in Reno, Nev.  UND (12-17 overall, 5-13 BSC) will be the No. 10 seed in the 12-team tourney. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Idaho State University

The University of North Dakota women’s basketball team dropped a 68-55 Big Sky Conference decision Saturday to Idaho State University on Senior Day in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The win was the first for ISU (15-8 overall, 7-5 Big Sky) in Grand Forks in six tries. UND (11-13 overall, 4-9 Big Sky) was led by Lexi Klabo, who had a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds. The Bengals were led by Brooke Blair’s 19 points. Dora Goles added 14 and Grace Kenyon had 11 for the Bengals. Chastity Franklin, UND’s lone senior, was honored before the game. UND returns to action Thursday at Southern Utah. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Weber State University

The University of North Dakota women’s basketball team upended Big Sky Conference leader Weber State University 80-67 on Thursday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, giving coach Travis Brewster his 100th career win. The Fighting Hawks (11-12 overall, 4-8 BSC) were led by Jill Morton, who had a career-best 25 points. Lex Klabo also scored 20 points and had nine rebounds, and Melissa Dailey added 15 points and a career-best eight rebounds for UND. The Wildcats (16-6 overall, 8-3 BSC) were paced by Larryn Brooks, who scored a game-high 30 points, and Emily Drake, who chipped in 16 points. North Dakota returns to action Saturday, when it hosts Idaho State University. Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Idaho State University

Cortes Seales scored 14 points to lead the University of North Dakota men’s basketball team to 81-58 win over Big Sky Conference foe Idaho State University on Thursday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Fighting Hawks (5-11, 1-3 BSC) also received 13 points from Conner Avants and Marlon Stewart and 11 points from Dale Jones. Geno Crandall and Billy Brown chipped in nine points each. The Bengals (8-6, 3-1 BSC) were led by Novak Topologic, who scored 12 points. The Fighting Hawks return to action Saturday when they host Weber State University. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University of Montana

The University of Montana snapped the University of North Dakota women’s basketball team’s 11-game home winning streak with a 54-43 Big Sky Conference victory over the Fighting Hawks on Thursday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Grizzlies (7-7 overall, 3-0 BSC) were led by Caitlin Lonergan, scored a 12 points and McKenzie Johnston who added nine points and eight rebounds. Lexi Klabo, who went 10-for-16 from the floor, led the Hawks (7-7 overall, 0-3 BSC) with a game-high 21 points. Fallyn Freije added seven points and nine rebounds. UND return to action Saturday when it hosts Montana State University at 2 p.m. Saturday. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Northern Colorado University

The University of North Dakota women’s basketball team, behind the scoring of seniors Makailah Dyer, Samantha Roscoe and Leah Szabla, defeated the University of Northern Colorado 75-68 on Saturday in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center to move closer to a Big Sky Conference title. Dyer scored 17 points and added 11 rebounds, Roscoe had 14 points and three boards and Szabla chipped in 13 points and six rebounds to move UND to 14-2 in the league play and 19-8 overall. Savannah Scott led the Bears (12-4 BSC, 20-7 overall) with 19 points. Katie Longwell and Courtney Smith added 18 and 14 points, respectively. The Fighting Hawk need just one more win or a Montana State loss to clinch at least a share of the conference’s regular season title. UND heads to Sacramento State and Portland State next week. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota vs. Idaho State University

Makailah Dyer scored a team-high 21 points, her 17th career 20-point night, as the University of North Dakota women’s basketball team maintained a share of the Big Sky Conference lead with a 63-56 win over Idaho State University on Thursday night in Betty Engelstad Arena. The Fighting Hawks (17-8, 12-2) also received double-digit scoring from Lexi Klabo and Samantha Roscoe, each with 10 points. The Bengals (14-10, 8-5) were paced by Estafania Ors, who had a game-high 22 points off the bench. North Dakota returns to play Saturday, when it hosts Weber State at 2 p.m. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota vs. Southern Utah University

The University of North Dakota women’s basketball team used a balanced attack — four players scored in double figures — en route to a 75-70 win over Southern Utah University in Big Sky Conference play on Thursday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Fighting Hawks (13-7, 8-1 BSC) were led by Fallon Freije’s 16 points. Lexi Klabo and Makailah Dyer each chipped in 13 and Samantha Roscoe added 11. The Thunderbirds (5-14, 0-8) were paced by Darri Frandsen with 16 points, Rebecca Cardenas with 13, Skylee Doman with 12 and Whitney Johnson with 10. Next up for UND is Northern Arizona on Saturday. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

 

 

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota vs. Montana State University

Samantha Roscoe’s  first-career double-double — 12 points, 12 rebounds — were not enough for the University of North Dakota women’s basketball team as the Fighting Hawks dropped a 74-71 overtime decision to Big Sky Conference foe Montana State University on Thursday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. UND (9-7, 4-1 BSC), which had rallied from a 12-point deficit, missed a chance to send the game to a second overtime when Makailah Dyer’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer rimmed out. Dyer led the Hawks with 19 points. MSU (11-4, 4-1 BSC) was led by reigning co-Big Sky Player of the Week, Peyton Ferris, who scored a game-high 32 points. UND returns to play Saturday afternoon when it hosts the University of Montana. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

 

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota vs. Portland State University

The University of North Dakota women’s basketball team won its Big Sky Conference opener Thursday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center by defeating Portland State University 65-61 before 1,435 fans. The Fighting Hawks (6-6) were led by Makailah Dyer, who scored a team-high 18 points. Joining her in double figures for UND was  Fallyn Freije with 13 points and a career-high-tying nine rebounds. Bailey Strand had three triples (9 points) and a career-high five steals. Leading PSU (6-7, 0-1) was Sidney Rielly with 27 points and Courtney West with 14. North Dakota’s Leah Szabla missed her third straight game with an illness. UND returns to action at 2 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Sacramento State University in the Betty. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)