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All Five Starters Score in Double Figures as U-Mary Extends Streak to Four With Win Over UMD

Bismarck, ND—With five different players in double figures for the second consecutive night, the University of Mary women’s basketball team defeated Minnesota Duluth 86-80 for their fourth consecutive win.

The win thrusts U-Mary (9-6, 7-5 NSIC) ahead of UMD (9-7, 6-6) and into sole possession of third place in the NSIC North Division.

With all five starters scoring in double figures, McKenzie Foster scored a team-high 18 points on 4-of-7 shooting from deep. Foster also added a team-high nine rebounds.

Danielle Flood had 19 points to lead the Bulldogs and Hannah Rutten was next in line with 18. U-Mary held two-time First Team All-NSIC performer Katrina Newman to just two points on 1-of-12 shooting.

Both teams were plagued by turnovers in the first half, each finishing with 14. Despite the turnovers, both teams were able to find some rhythm offensively as the teams combined to shoot 10-of-21 from deep and 14-of-15 from the free throw line.

U-Mary struggled early in the first half trailing by eight with 6:06 left in the opening period. But the Marauders were up to the challenge as they ended the half with a 15-5 run, which was capped by a Foster three, to take a 37-35 lead into the break.

Foster scored 14 of her 18 points in the first half on 4-of-6 three-point shooting.

Despite the Bulldogs attempting 16 more shots than the Marauders in the second half, U-Mary was actually able to outscore UMD by seven. The Bulldogs shot just 8-of-31 from the field to the Marauders 8-of-15. U-Mary made up the difference from deep going 3-of-5 to UMD’s 0-11.

With the Bulldogs tying the game with 15:17 left in the game, the Marauders responded with a 13-1 run that was started by a three from Brittney Dietz. However, Minnesota Duluth scored the next eight points to pull to within four with 8:31 to play. The Marauders were able to put the Bulldogs away down the stretch though, as they made 15-of-16 free throws in the final six minutes. Lindsey Sand made nine of her 10 free throws during the stretch to help U-Mary secure a 74-65 win.

Dietz finished with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Sand, Hannah Larson and Linda Murray each finished with 10 points for the Marauders.

For the second consecutive night the Marauders made greater than half of their shot attempts. U-Mary made 22-of-43 from the field and 8-of-15 from deep. The Marauders had their best free throw shooting performance of the season connecting on 85 percent of their attempts (22-of-26).

UMD did force U-Mary to commit season-high 26 turnovers, but were only able to convert those turnovers into 19 points. The Marauders held 35-29 edge on the glass and a 26-22 advantage in the paint. Despite 12 offensive rebounds, the Bulldogs finished with just nine second chance points.

U-Mary will be back in action next weekend as they host Bemidji State on Friday, Jan. 24 and Minnesota Crookston on Saturday. The two games will mark the Marauders Alumni Weekend.

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Source: UM Women’s Basketball