GRAND FORKS, N.D.-- Four Montana State players scored in double figures as the visiting Bobcats defeated host North Dakota 76-65 Saturday afternoon at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. It marked the first home loss for UND this season (7-1) as MSU inched within a half-game of first place in the league standings.
Sophomore transfer Makailah Dyer scored a career-best 20 points off the bench for North Dakota, 17 of those coming in the first half alone. Sophomore Mia Loyd added 16 points and nine rebounds while Leah Szabla contributed 11 points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists for UND.
North Dakota stretched a first-half lead to as many as nine before Montana State rallied to eventually regain a lead at 22-21. Dyer scored seven straight UND points in the early run and added six more after the Bobcats claimed the lead to put the UND lead at three with 2:04 left in the first half. The margin went back to six points before the Bobcats trimmed the deficit to just three before halftime.
Coming out of the intermission, MSU scored the first nine points of the frame to make it a 12-0 Bobcat run. The lead would be cut to one on a three-point play by Loyd, but UND could never wrestle back control with the Bobcats later scoring eight straight points for a lead of a dozen with just over eight minutes remaining.
After UND held MSU without a field goal for nearly four-and-a-half minutes, the home team was able to sneak within seven at 56-49. But, Ashley Brumwell answered with a three, part of her 14 second-half points and Montana State ran off its fifth straight win.
MSU (10-5, 5-1 Big Sky) was led by 18 points apiece from Jackie Elliott and Jasmine Hommes. Brumwell had 14 points and Kalli Durham added a dozen for the Bobcats.
UND (11-5, 6-1 Big Sky) heads to upstart Sacramento State Thursday for a 9:00 p.m. Central tip.
Highlights and postgame interviews to follow shortly.
Notes: UND had its seven-game home winning streak snapped ... North Dakota remains a half-game ahead of MSU in the league standings ... Madi Buck scored just two points Saturday and is 30 away from 1,000 for her career ... Dyer's 20-point effort was the third by a UND player this season (Buck- 4, Loyd- 4) ... Dyer came into the weekend with 14 total points for the season and collected 27 in the two home games ... North Dakota suffered just its second loss this year when winning the rebounding battle (47-46) to go to 10-2 in those situations.