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Forum staff reports, Published February 16 2013

Bison women struggle on offense in loss to IUPUI

INDIANAPOLIS – A tough shooting afternoon was compounded by rebounding woes for the North Dakota State women’s basketball team on Saturday.

The Bison shot just 26 percent from the field en route to a 57-40 loss to Indiana Purdue-Indianapolis in Summit League play.

The Jaguars held a 48-29 advantage in rebounds.

“The rebounding didn’t feel as bad until the second half,” said Bison head coach Carolyn DeHoff, whose team was only down one point at halftime. “I thought we corralled them pretty well to start with in the first half.”

IUPUI pulled away with a 16-3 run to start the second half, opening up a 36-22 lead.

NDSU made only 15 field goals in the game.

“Their athleticism, their length gets you to rush some shots,” DeHoff said of IUPUI. I didn’t think we took bad shots. I can only remember one or two (bad shots) each half. … Were they rushed? Did we shy away from contact? Yes, we did.”

Dani DeGagne had game highs of 11 points and eight rebounds for the Bison.

Dawn Luster and Kerah Nelson each scored 10 points for the Jaguars.

NDSU (9-17, 5-9 Summit): Keena 2-8 0-0 4, Whittle 1-3 0-1 3, DeGagne 4-11 3-4 11, Birkel 2-11 4-4 9, Van Kirk 3-12 0-0 6, Johnson 3-9 0-0 7, Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Gaines 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 15-57 7-9 40.

IUPUI (16-9, 9-3): Nelson 2-8 6-6 10, Mitchell 2-2 0-0 4, Bellamy 3-8 1-3 7, Comello 0-5 0-0 0, Goss 3-8 2-6 8, Rogers 2-4 0-0 6, Teague 1-2 0-0 2, Barton 0-2 0-0 0, Sims 3-5 0-0 6, Luster 4-5 0-0 10, Markovic 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 22-54 9-15 57.

Half: IUPUI 20, NDSU 19. 3-point goals: NDSU 3-12 (Johnson 1-3, Birkel 1-2, Whittle 1-1, Van Kirk 0-3, DeGagne 0-1, Brown 0-1, Gaines 0-1), IUPUI 4-14 (Rogers 2-3, Luster 2-2, Comello 0-5, Bellamy 0-1, Markovic 0-1). Total fouls: NDSU 14, IUPUI 15. Rebounds: NDSU 29 (DeGagne 8), IUPUI 48 (Nelson 7). Assists: NDSU 8 (Whittle 3), IUPUI 18 (Luster 6). Steals: NDSU 8 (DeGagne, Van Kirk 3), IUPUI 5 (five tied with 1). Turnovers: NDSU 13, IUPUI 20. A: 278.