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Jeff Kolpack, Published December 22 2009

Women's basketball: Toppling Lumberjacks, NDSU delivers victory over N. Arizona

This being favored stuff may take some getting used to for the North Dakota State women’s basketball team. For the second straight game, the Bison made it tough on themselves.

Northern Arizona, which came to Fargo struggling at 2-9 and was playing without its head coach, hung with the Bison until the final few minutes Monday night. The Lumberjacks were just cold enough (31 percent) to give NDSU enough space to take a 66-56 victory at the Bison Sports Arena.

“It wasn’t our best but we did pull out the win,” said Bison guard Whitney Trecker.

The Bison moved to 7-5 with a lineup that has more to offer than last season. Rewind to last year when NDSU, down to just over a handful of players because of injuries, was rarely decisive pre-game favorites. Still, they scrapped their way to a third-place finish in The Summit League.

The Bison survived Division II Northern State (S.D.) last Friday.

“That’s the lesson we took from these two games,” said NDSU head coach Carolyn DeHoff.

It wasn’t until Hannah Linz’s

3-pointer just ahead of the shot-clock buzzer with 3:49 left did the Bison get their second 10-point lead of the game. That made it 56-46.

Guard Inger Hodgson led the way with 16 points and was steady down the stretch sinking 7 of 7 free throws. The seven made tied a career high for the senior.

Trecker was one of four players between seven and nine points, which is modus operandi for the balanced Bison.

Hodgson is the only player averaging in double figures.

“It took us until about five minutes into the second half to get going and produce something,” Trecker said.

The Lumberjacks were without head coach Laurie Kelly for personal reasons, said assistant Monique LeBlanc. They were led by Amy Patton’s 19 points, although it took her 20 attempts to do so.

“Overall, we did a nice job of hanging with,” LeBlanc said. “We gave up some things on defense that we knew better.”

NAU (2-10): Galloway 1-2 1-2 4, Hoisington 3-8 3-3 9, Boer 0-0 0-0 0, Huntington 0-7 2-2 2, Patton 7-20 1-2 19, Pratt 0-5 0-0 0, Toney 1-3 2-3 5, Stephens-Jenkins 4-9 1-2 9, Spaich 1-3 0-0 2, Amos 2-5 3-4 7. Totals: 19-62 5-21 56.

NDSU (7-5): Samuelson 2-7 4-5 8, Plucker 3-7 2-4 9, Zaruba 0-1 2-2, Birkel 3-6 3-5 9, Hodgson 4-10 7-7 16, DeGagne 1-2 0-0 2, Vigil 2-2 0-0 4, Linz 2-6 0-0 6, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Trecker 2-3 3-4 7, Burich 1-2 1-4 3. Totals: 20-46 22-31 66.

Halftime: NDSU 26, NAU 18. Total fouls: NAU 23, NDSU 16. Fouled out: Toney. Rebounds: NAU 42 (Galloway 9); NDSU 35 (Birkel, Plucker 7). 3-point goals: NAU 5-21 (Galloway 1-1, Huntington 0-3, Patton 4-12, Pratt 0-3, Stephens-Jenkins 0-1, Amos 0-1); NDSU 4-14 (Samuelson 0-2, Plucker 1-1, Hodgson 1-5, Trecker 0-1, Linz 2-5). Assists: NAU 12 (Hoisington 4); NDSU 15 (Birkel 4). Turnovers: NAU 15 (Hoisington 4); NDSU 13 (Plucker, Birkel 3). A–890.


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