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Big Sky women: North Dakota pushes MSU’s slide to 4 games
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Big Sky women: North Dakota pushes MSU’s slide to 4 games

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Junior Madi Buck and senior Nicole Smart combined for 24 second-half points in leading the North Dakota women’s basketball team to a 62-55 win over Montana State Thursday night.

Buck, who had just three points at the break, tripled three times early in the second half en route to a double-double (19 points, 11 rebounds).

Solid defense helped UND stay close in the first half. The hosts allowed only 24 points.

Trailing by one at the break, UND got long-range buckets from Smart and Buck to seize the momentum and a quick five-point lead in the opening minutes of the second half. UND kept the lead from that point on.

Hamilton product Ashley Brumwell led Montana State with 15 points. The Cats have lost four games in a row.

Eastern Washington 63, Sacramento State 49

At Cheney, Wash., Butte native Lexie Nelson scored a game-high 17 points in leading the Eagles to the win. Nelson was 3 for 5 from 3-point range and 6 for 9 overall from the floor.

Eastern also got a boost from Nelson’s backcourt mate, Kylie Huerta, and center Carrie Ojeda. Huerta scored 13 points and dished out seven assists. Ojeda scored 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.

Kylie Kuhns led Sac State with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Portland State 66, Northern Arizona 61

At Portland, Ore., the Vikings erased a 36-33 halftime deficit in posting their second straight win. Guards Allison Greene and Courtney VanBrocklin scored 23 and 19 points, respectively, for the hosts.

Portland State trailed 58-55 before rallying in the last five minutes. VanBrocklin hit a 3-point goal that proved pivotal with 4:13 left, giving PSU a 63-59 lead.

Southern Utah 72, Weber State 54

At Cedar City, Utah, the Thunderbirds hit seven threes on their way to the win. Sophomore guard Hailey Mandelko hit 4 of 8 from behind the arc and Sofia Hepworth added two treys.

Mandelko led all scorers with 18 points and Hepworth chipped in 15. Regina Okoye finished with 12 points for the Wildcats.

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