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.)
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.)
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.)
The University of North Dakota women’s basketball team, behind junior Leah Szabla’s 20 points, four assists and three steals, defeated Big Sky Conference leader Montana State University 77-76 in a thrilling contest Friday afternoon in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The win denied the first-place Bobcats (21-8, 14-4) an outright conference championship. The Fighting Hawks, 17-12 overall and 13-5 in the BSC, won for the 12th time in their last 13 games heading into the conference tournament. Makailah Dyer chipped in 16 points and Samantha Roscoe added 14 in the win. UND, which has a first-round bye in the tourney, will meet the winner of the No. 5 and No. 12 teams Wednesday. Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.
Senior Mia Lloyd continued her impressive play down the stretch, scoring 15 points adding 15 rebounds as the University of North Dakota women’s basketball team handed the University of Montana a 73-61 Big Sky Conference loss Wednesday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The double-double was Lloyd’s 35th of her UND career and her 10th of the season. The victory gave the Fighting Hawks, 16-12 overall and 12-5 in the BSC, a season sweep of the Lady Griz (18-10, 11-6), and coupled with a Weber State loss Wednesday, also clinched a top-four finish in league play and a first-round bye in the postseason league tournament. Makailah Dyer added 14 points and Jill Morton tied a career best with 10 off the bench for the Fighting Hawks. Kayleigh Valley led Montana with 20, while McCalle Feller added 19. UND closes out the regular season at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon, hosting the first-place Montana State Bobcats. Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.