FARGO, N.D. — The UNO women’s basketball team led from start to finish in a 68-57 win at North Dakota State on Saturday afternoon at Bison Sports Arena, snapping a seven-game losing streak and an 11-game road losing streak that dated back to last season.
Ericka House had a game-high 23 points and a season-best seven rebounds to lead four Mavericks in double figures. Madi Robson had 12 points and four assists, while Mikaela Shaw had 11 points and nine rebounds and Taijhe Kelly added 11 points, five rebounds and five blocked shots.
UNO (10-14, 2-8 Summit League) started strong as it has in each of its last three road games. The Mavs used a 10-0 run to take an 18-5 lead by the 10:40 mark.
The Mavs maintained the double-digit lead for the rest of the half and took a 29-17 lead into the break. UNO limited the Bison to 21.9 percent shooting (7 of 32) from the field and 1 of 11 from 3-point range. More impressively, the Mavs held NDSU’s leading scorer and assist leader, Brooke LeMar, to no points and no assists in the first 20 minutes. LeMar scored just two points in the first meeting between the teams last month, in which UNO recorded its other league win.
Marena Whittle kept NDSU in the game early in the second half, finishing a three-point play to cut the Mav lead to 33-24 with 16:22 to go. Whittle led the Bison (6-20, 2-9) with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
A 3-pointer by Felicia Anderson gave UNO a 38-26 lead with 14:32 led.
LeMar’s first points of the game brought NDSU back within single digits, 41-32, with 11:03 left. She scored her team’s next seven points — including a banked 3-pointer from the top of the key — but Robson answered twice with baskets, and House sank a 3-pointer out of a timeout to weather the storm.
UNO extended its lead to 52-39, then NDSU got back within 10 at 52-42 on a 3 by Bree Whatman with 6:28 to go. But the Mavs reeled off a 7-0 run over the next 2:53 to go up 59-42 with 3:35 remaining. Shaw started it with a bucket in the paint, and House hit four free throws along with one from Kelly.
The Bison would not go away quietly. LeMar keyed a 7-0 run with her second banked-in trey of the half to pull within 59-49 with 2:14 left. But House scored a layup after a timeout, and Robson hit four straight free throws for a 65-49 lead with 1:37 to play.
The Mavericks shot 21 of 50 (42 percent) from the floor and attempted a season-low six 3-pointers, connecting on three. The Mavs went 23 of 30 (76.7 percent) from the foul line, their most free-throw attempts since 31 in the season opener.