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. 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.)