POCATELLO, Idaho-- North Dakota senior Madi Buck had 11 points, 12 rebounds and a career-best seven steals to lead UND to a gutty 48-47 road win at Idaho State Thursday afternoon in Big Sky play. The teams traded leads over the final half, but a big three-point basket by junior Siri Burck helped UND earn its third road win of the season, matching its road win total from a season ago.
"Sometimes you've got to find a way to win on the road," UND head coach Travis Brewster said. "Idaho State made some big shots and some key plays but I thought we made some big plays down the stretch and the ball bounced our way because we worked for it."
UND (9-4, 4-0 Big Sky) held the hosts without a point for the first 4:23 off the start, piling up a 5-0 lead and later a 13-4 advantage. But, Idaho State (3-9, 1-2) responded by tying the score at 20-all before Makailah Dyer's three put UND in front, 23-20 at the break.
From there, it was an all-out battle in which the lead changed hands 10 times in the second half alone. ISU took its first lead early in the second frame as leading scorer Lindsey Reed scored on back-to-back Bengal trips to grab a three-point lead in the opening minutes.
Following Reed's three, UND scored seven straight points, the final two coming on a nifty fastbreak reverse lay-in by Buck to force a timeout. Trailing by five, ISU went to Reed again and she tripled to knot the score at 32-apiece with 12:43 remaining. A Rebecca Schrimpsher three put the home team back in front momentarily until layups by Madi Buck and Mia Loyd gave UND the advantage at 38-37.
Anna Policicchio later made it 41-38 but UND again had an answer. After an Allyssa Wall jumper, Burck buried a three from the top of the key with 3:39 left to give North Dakota the lead for good. Emily Evers converted on a tough bucket in the paint to push the score to 47-44 with just over two minutes to play to set up the dramatic finish.
Leah Szabla split a pair from the line and Sheryl Bitter nailed a three to put the UND lead at a single point for the final 90 seconds. UND came up empty on its possession and the Bengals opted to let time run down before attempting their final shot, a three from plenty deep between the circles with Loyd providing a hand in Reed's face for their final shot.
With a little over a second on the game clock, UND only needed to in-bound the ball and shoot free throws on the other end with ISU out of timeouts. With Szabla at the line and 0.8 remaining, she had a one-and-one situation that saw her miss the first and ISU did not have time to get off a shot allowing UND to escape with the hard-fought win despite turning it over a season-high 27 times.
Buck and Loyd each had 11 points to lead North Dakota, who now moves to 8-1 when it out-rebounds its opponent this season.
Reed finished with 13 points to lead the Bengals, who were playing in their first home game since Nov. 11 and just third home game all season.
North Dakota heads to Weber State Saturday for a 3:00 p.m. Central tip.
Notes: UND is the first Big Sky Conference team to four league wins and is just one of two undefeateds (Sacramento State, 3-0) ... Buck registered her third double-double of the season (all North Dakota wins) ... Buck's seven steals were the most by a UND player since Megan Lauck had seven at Portland State nearly a year ago (Jan. 19, 2013).