NDSU’s women’s basketball started off its break with a trip to the Wichita State Shocker Winter Classic, where the team played two games on Dec. 18 and 19, against North Carolina A&T and Prairie View A&M.
NDSU finished with a 72-64 loss against NC A&T and a 79-58 win against PV A&M, which broke a seven-game losing streak.
Senior guard Marena Whittle scored her 1,000th career point during the tournament.
After a victorious pit stop in Newark on Dec. 22, the Bison were again able to find a win, beating Cal State Fullerton at home on Dec. 28. The wins stopped after the New Year, however, and NDSU now finds itself sliding down a four-game losing streak.
NDSU wrestling kicked off the winter break with a ninth place finish in the Reno Tournament of Champions in its second ever appearance; the Bison were able to find success both individually and as a team.
At 125 pounds, junior Josh Rodriguez went 6-1 in his seven matches, giving him a third place finish in the Reno Tournament.
Rodriguez did well later at the Midlands Championships, held on Dec. 29 and 30. He advanced to the semifinals and ended up placing fourth.
Also finding success in this tournament was Hayden Zillmer, who fought his way out of the consolation bracket to place third. NDSU finished in 16th place.
Finally, to close out the winter break, Zillmer (who is 21-3 on the season at 184 pounds) was awarded the Big 12 Wrestler of the Week for the week of Jan. 4.