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Sophomore Mia Loyd scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds in the win.
Loyd paces UND in 72-64 win in exhibition opener
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Updated: Sunday 08/18/2013 16:44:43 (ET)
by Mitch Wigness, UND Media Relations
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SCARBOROUGH, Ont.-- Paced by sophomore 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.

"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.
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