WBB: NDSU women improve to 12-4 win weekend split at Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (GoBison.com) – The North Dakota State women’s basketball team was held to a season-low 45 points on Friday, as Kansas City used a 10-2 run to close the game in a 53-45 win over the Bison at the Swinney Center.

Senior Emily Dietz led the Bison with 17 points, eight rebounds and tied a season-high with four assists. It was the 20th time in her career leading the Bison in scoring, while she became the 51st player in school history to surpass 800 points. Heaven Hamling added 14 points, three assists and two steals, while Kadie Deaton tied a season-high with seven rebounds. Ryan Cobbins and Deaton each had two steals, while Emily Behnke blocked a career-high two shots. Jonaie Johnson led the Roos with 18 points, while Jada Mickens dropped in 13 points and 11 rebounds.

The Bison were 18-of-55 (32.7%) from the field and 4-of-16 from 3-point range, while Kansas City was 20-of-53 (37.7%) from the floor and 5-of-15 from downtown. NDSU was 5-of-7 (71.4%) at the free throw line, while Kansas City was 8-of-9 (88.9%). The Bison had an 11-0 advantage in second chance points.

A late 7-0 run by the North Dakota State women’s basketball team sealed the win over Kansas City Saturday afternoon, as the Bison beat the Roos 68-65 at the Swinney Center.

Ryan Cobbins led the Bison with a season-high 18 points, the 25th career game in double figures for Cobbins. Heaven Hamling and Emily Dietz joined Cobbins in double figures with 15 and 11 points respectively. Cobbins had six rebounds and two assists, while tying a season-high with three steals. Dietz tied a season-high with a pair of blocked shots, marking the 25th time in her career that she has led NDSU in blocks. Ravon Nero led the Roos with a game-high 28 points.

NDSU was 22-of-42 (52.4%) from the field and 3-of-9 from 3-point range, while Kansas City was 21-of-53 (39.6%) from the floor and 9-of-19 (47.4%) from downtown. The Bison were 21-of-25 (84%) at the free throw line, while Kansas City was 14-of-16 (87.5%) at the charity stripe. Kansas City had a 22-13 advantage in points off turnovers, while also leading for 27:32 of the game.

The victory moved the Bison to 12-4 overall and 7-3 in Summit League play. NDSU locked up the first winning season since 2009-10 and now have the most wins since the 2010-11 season. The Bison are now 6-0 on the second day of weekend series with the victory. The Roos dropped to 7-8 overall and 4-5 in league play. NDSU returns home on Friday, Feb. 5 against Oral Roberts. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. in the first game of a doubleheader with the NDSU men at the Scheels Center.