Women’s Basketball, Wrestling Compete Over the Weekend

Women’s Basketball

The NDSU women’s basketball team began a two game road trip on Thursday, losing to the Omaha Maver­icks 66-48.

Sophomore Holly John­son led the Bison with 11 points and was followed by Marena Whittle and Kahla Becken, who each scored 10.

Trailing by nine to begin the second half, the Bison rallied to score 11 straight points in the second half to bring the Bison within three. The Mavericks (9-7, 1-1 Summit League) responded with a run of their own that effectively iced the contest.

Neither team shot over 40 percent from the field, with the Bison shooting just 15 percent from deep.

Omaha was led by Er­icka House, who scored a game high 23 points in the victory.

The Bison then traveled to Maycomb, Ill., on Sat­urday in hopes of ending a 10-game losing streak. The lady Bison didn’t leave dis­appointed as they picked up their first win of the New Year, defeating Western Il­linois 83-77.

Brooke LeMar led the Bison offensively with 21 points, including 3-of-7 shooting from deep and a perfect 10-of-10 at the line. Western Illinois (9-9, 1-2 Summit League) was led by a strong double-double from Ashley Luke, who had 27 points and 13 rebounds.

Strong shooting from the Bison helped the team clinch the six point victory. The la­dies shot 6-of-11 from three point range in the second half, including 3-of-3 from junior forward Alisa Brown.

Sophomore forward Marena Whittle was one rebound shy of a double-double and contributed 19 points for the Bison.

Wrestling

The Bison wrestling team began a road trip Fri­day and picked up two wins over ranked opponents in the process.

First, the wrestlers trav­eled to Boise, Idaho, and defeated the No. 21 ranked Boise State Broncos, 26-15.

Boise State took two of the first four matches by decision, but was met with strong opposition from the Bison’s No. 3 ranked and 165-pounder Steven Monk. Monk, who is on a 12-match individual win streak, pinned his opponent in the first period.

The Bison responded with a decision from Hayden Zillmer and a pin from Tyler Lehmann to put the dual out of reach for the Broncos.

NDSU finished its road trip with an impressive win over the No. 20 ranked Or­egon State Beavers, 19-17.

Once again, it took a win from Monk to jumpstart the Bison comeback after losing three straight bouts. Zillmer did his part in a sudden vic­tory over Joe Latham in overtime and Kurtis Julson put the Bison up for good.

Hunter Weber at 125 pounds opened the dual with the night’s only pin.

NDSU faces Air Force on Friday at the BSA.

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