Mia Loyd's game-high 15 points and 10 rebounds, the University of North Dakota women's basketball team defeated "Dream Team", a collection of all-stars from the Toronto area in its first exhibition game to open its foreign trip Sunday. Loyd, who had 11 points in the first-half, helped UND race out to a quick 10-0 advantage and was part of four North Dakota players scoring in double figures.SCARBOROUGH, Ont.-- Paced by sophomore
"I thought the team played well for the most part," UND head coach Travis Brewster said. "I liked our intensity. We have a little different look to our offense this year, we did a good job handling the tweaks. It was a little quicker pace with the FIBA rules."
Loyd scored eight in UND's opening 10-0 run, converting a conventional three-point play, a pair of free throws followed by the first of two triples on the afternoon. An Allyssa Wall lay-in made it 24-15 before the All-Stars put together a 9-0 spurt of its own to re-tie the score at 24-all.
UND answered with 13 straight points, the first three from a Madi Buck triple in the right corner. Megan Lauck had four points in that stretch and the run was complete on a nifty left-handed hook from Erin O'Toole to make it 37-24. UND went into the break with a 39-27 advantage.
In the second half, senior Allyssa Wall scored eight of her 14 points with a big bucket coming on a baseline jumper to make the score 70-61. Following that possession, the Dream Teamers inched with six but a key block by Ellen Kiser and later a pair of free-throw makes from the redshirt freshman helped put the game away.
Lauck had 13 points and Buck added a dozen for North Dakota. Siri Burck finished with six points and seven rebounds.
UND will continue its Toronto exhibition tour Monday with a 6:00 p.m. Central game at Ryerson University.
Loyd paces UND in 72-64 win in exhibition opener
Courtesy: Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations