WBB: Bison sweep Fighting Hawks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (GoBison.com) – A jumper with :03.3 to play by Heaven Hamling gave the North Dakota State women’s basketball team the lead for good in a 64-60 win over North Dakota Friday night at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

Reneya Hopkins led the Bison with a game-high 14 points, while Hamling and Ryan Cobbins joined her in double figures with 12 and 11 points respectively. Cobbins had a team-high eight rebounds, while Hamling added five. Kadie Deaton had a season-high three assists, while Cobbins and Olivia Skibiel each had two steals. Maggie Manson led the Fighting Hawks with 14 points.

The North Dakota State women’s basketball team defeated North Dakota for the fifth-straight time Saturday night, as the Bison beat the Fighting Hawks 71-68 in overtime at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

Emily Dietz led the Bison with 18 points and nine rebounds, the most points the West Fargo native has scored in eight career games against North Dakota. Heaven Hamling added 14 points, while Kadie Deaton tied a season-high with 10 points. Playing in her 100th straight game, Michelle Gaislerova scored eight points to move into 24th in school history with 1,072 career points. Cobbins had five rebounds, while Abby Schulte grabbed four boards. Hamling had two assists, while Deaton tied a career-high with three steals. Olivia Lane led the Fighting Hawks with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

NDSU improved to 10-2 overall and 5-1 in Summit League play, marking the second time in school history the Bison have been 5-1 through six games in league play. The victory was the fifth-straight for the Bison, the longest winning streak since winning six in a row in February 2008. North Dakota dropped to 0-11 on the year and 0-5 in league play. The Bison return to action on Friday, as they host Denver at the Scheels Center. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m.