Buck eclipses 1,000 career points, UND defeats NAU
Courtesy: Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.-- Senior Madi Buck scored a team-high 25 points to move past the 1,000 career point total in UND's 91-83 win at Northern Arizona Saturday evening at Walkup Skydome. Buck added 12 rebounds while sophomore transfer Makailah Dyer collected her third straight 20-point night with 23 points in the win to move North Dakota back in sole possession of first place in the Big Sky Conference.
UND (12-6, 7-2) made a season-high 10 three-pointers in the victory with Dyer connecting on four from distance. Dyer also added six assists with Kelsey Knox contributing 15 points, five rebounds and six helpers. North Dakota is now 4-1 in Big Sky Conference road games.
"I'm proud of this team's togetherness and effort," UND head coach Travis Brewster said. "Our team plays together and we've got some things figured out, but there's plenty to improve upon, but it was a heck of a game."
After attempting just one three-pointer in Thursday's crazy 110-104 loss at Sacramento State, UND launched from distance with efficiency, piling up 10 threes on just 19 attempts from beyond the arc to aid in the win.
It was a back and forth affair in the early going. Kelsey Knox set the tone on the first possession, tripling from the right wing, part of a 6-for-10 team effort from the three-point line in the opening frame.
An 8-0 NAU (5-12, 2-6) run in the early going helped the Lumberjacks build a lead of a half dozen. But, UND responded later with a 9-1 spurt of its own to reclaim the advantage. After several tie scores, Amanda Frost's layup made it 25-all with 7:17 left. It would be part of her game-high 30 points for the league's top scorer.
From there, UND would not relinquish the advantage, however, the Jacks remained in close proximity throughout. Siri Burck's three in the final seconds of the first half gave North Dakota a 44-40 edge at the break.
In half two, UND had to withstand a barrage from Frost, who poured in 23 points in the second stanza alone, including 5-of-7 from distance. Each time, UND had to answer and got big buckets from Buck and Dyer, who combined for 29 second-half points.
With the advantage down to two, Leah Szabla buried a three from the top of the key to spring an 8-0 run. NAU chipped away and got the deficit to three, but again, Dyer tripled from the right wing to keep the distance.
After Erikka Banks scored a traditional three-point play to slice the back to a bucket, this time it was Emily Evers with the answer as UND outscored the Jacks 7-1 in the final 2:30 to earn the win.
North Dakota finished the game shooting 52 percent from the floor and from deep and a whopping 87 percent from the free throw line. UND won its 11th game of the season when winning the rebounding battle (35-27).
North Dakota returns home for four straight beginning with a Thursday tilt with preseason league favorite Eastern Washington at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
Notes: Buck's 1,000th point came on a three-pointer from the left wing in the first half ... Dyer has averaged 24.0 points per game over the last three contests ... After starting the season 2-of-8 from the line, she has made 31-of-37 since ... UND's overall (12) and league win totals (7) have both surpassed last season's totals ... Mia Loyd missed her second game with an injury.