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

The University of North Dakota women’s softball team, behind the pitching of Kaylin VanDomelen, defeated Idaho State University 5-1, in the regular season finale Saturday afternoon at Apollo. UND (25-26, 10-8 Big Sky Conference) set a program mark for wins in a single season and the most-ever Big Sky Conference wins with the victory. VanDomelen picked up her 12th win of the season, going 6.2 innings, scattering seven hits with one run allowed and four strikeouts without a walk issued. UND was led in the hitting department by Natalie Gerber, who had two of the team’s seven hits. The Fighting Hawks, who split with the Bengals (13-34 overall, 8-13 BSC) on Friday, claimed the weekend series with the win. North Dakota enters this week’s BSC Tournament in Ogden, Utah, as the No. 3 seed in the six-team field. It’s opponent yet to be known. The Hawks’ first game in the double-elimination tournament will be at 1p.m. Thursday afternoon.
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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. Northern Arizona University

Geno Crandall scored a team-high 28 points and Dale Jones added 16 points to lead the University of North Dakota men’s basketball team to a 86-81 Big Sky Conference overtime victory over Northern Arizona University on Saturday in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Marlon Stewart chipped in 13 points and equaled his career-high with nine assists for the Fighting Hawks (10-17 overall, 5-10 BSC). Torry Johnson led NAU (4-23 overall, 1-13 BSC) with a season-high 33 points. UND closes out its home schedule next Saturday against Northern Colorado University.(Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

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

Geno Crandall scored a game-high 17 points and Kienan Walter chipped in 15 points to lead the University of North Dakota men’s basketball team to a 61-57 Big Sky Conference victory over Southern Utah on Thursday in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Fighting Hawks upped their season record to 9-17 overall and 4-10 in BSC play. Jade Cohee led the T-Birds (10-14 overall, 4-9 BSC) with 14 points. UND returns to action Saturday against Northern Arizona. (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. Eastern Washington University

Lexi Klabo scored 26 points and added seven rebounds to lead the University of North Dakota women’s basketball team to a 81-79 Big Sky Conferene win over Eastern Washington University on Thursday evening in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Fallyn Freije added 15 points, while Melissa Dailey and Jill Morton  chipped in 10 points each for the Fighting Hawks (10-9 overall, 3-5 BSC). Delaney Hodgins (28 points) and Violet Kapri Morrow (25 points) led the Eagles (10-10 overall, 5-3 BSC). UND returns to action Saturday, when it hosts the University of Idaho. (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 Arizona University

Sydney Mattson, starting just her first match of the season, had a career-best 35 assists to lead the University of North Dakota women’s volleyball team to a 25-20, 25-17, 25-19 Big Sky Conference sweep of Northern Arizona University on Thursday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. On offense, UND was led by Tamara Merseli, who had 12 kills and 20 digs. Faith Dooley chipped in 10 kills, while Jordan Vail had nine kills and Ashley Brueggeman had seven. The Fighting Hawks (26-7 overall, 11-4 BSC) are still in the mix to grab the No. 2 seed in the upcoming league tournament. NAU is 12-14 overall and 8-7 in the BSC. UND hosts Northern Colorado in its regular season finale Saturday morning. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

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

A fourth-quarter comeback fell short for the University of North Dakota football team Saturday in the Alerus Center, as the Fighting Hawks dropped a 34-27 decision to Sacramento State University in a matchup of Big Sky Conference foes. UND (2-6, 1-4 BSC) and Sacramento State (4-3, 3-1 BSC) were tied 10-10 at halftime before the Hornets opened up a 24-10 lead in the third quarter and managed to hold on for the win. UND starting quarterback Keaton Studsrud was 5-for-12 for 80 yards before leaving the game with an injury. Backup quarterback Andrew Zimmerman finished 11-for-20 for 179 yards and two second-half touchdown passes, one to De’mun Mercer (39 yards) and the other to Noah Wanzek (18 yards). Mercer finished the game with five catches for 115 yards. Wanzek caught eight passes for 100 yards. Running back John Santiago rushed for 75 yards on nine carries to lead UND’s ground game. Sacramento State redshirt freshman quarterback Roman Ale, in his first collegiate appearance, completed 13 of 19 passes for 263 yards and two long scoring tosses to wideout Andre Lindsey. UND will be on the road for its next two contests, starting with a Big Sky matchup at Portland State next Saturday. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)