The game snapped Omaha’s four-game win streak and brings them to 16-15 (9-7 Summit League) on the year, while NDSU improves to 22-8 (13-3) and clinches a share of the league’s regular-season title and the No. 1 seed for next week’s Summit League Championship.
Leaders for Omaha
KJ Robinson led the Mavericks with 18 points alongside three rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Wanjang Tut also had eight points, four rebounds, two assists and three blocks.
Leaders for North Dakota State
Three Bison celebrated their Senior Day with 20-point scoring performances: Tyson Ward (29), Jared Samuelson (21) and Vinnie Shahid (20). Samuelson starred from deep, hitting 7-of-9 from beyond the arc, and Ward finished 11-of-16 from the floor, including 4-of-4 from long range.
NDSU shot 48.4% (31-of-64) with 15 threes for the day and was a perfect 10-of-10 at the free throw line. Omaha finished at 41.7% (25-of-60) with six triples, led by two apiece from Robinson and Ruffin.
Inside the First Half
Ward came out on fire for NDSU, putting up 14 points in the first nine minutes of the game. Two early 7-0 runs helped the Bison to a 19-10 lead.
The Mavericks trailed by as many as 20 when Samuelson hit his fifth three at 4:23. But the Mavericks made a late push, mustering consecutive triples from Ruffin, Gibson and Ayo Akinwole that cut it to 51-41 with 36 seconds left. Shahid then drew a foul on a 3-point attempt with four seconds remaining and made all three shots at the line to give the Bison a 54-41 advantage at the half.
Samuelson started 6-of-6 from three for 18 points at the half, while Ward had 14 and Shahid had 12 more. Gibson (11) and Ruffin (10) were both in double figures for the Mavericks, who shot 53.1% (17-of-32) to NDSU’s 57.6% (19-of-33) with 10 treys.
Inside the Second Half
Omaha got no closer than 13 in the second half, shooting just 28.6% (8-of-28) from the floor.
Robinson hammered a pair of threes for 12 points in the final 20 minutes.
Omaha awaits final seeding for next week’s Summit League Championship, set for March 7-10 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. The Mavericks are assured of facing Oral Roberts in the No. 4/5 game next Sunday at 6 p.m. in the quarterfinal round.
FARGO, N.D. – Down three with four seconds to go, Ella Ogier’s deep ball bounced off the rim as the Omaha women’s basketball team dropped a 67-64 heartbreaker to North Dakota State on the road in the regular season finale.
The Mavericks conclude the regular season at 7-22 overall and 2-14 in league play. NDSU improves to 10-18 and 7-9 in Summit action. Omaha will now await its fate for The Summit League Tournament.
LEADERS FOR OMAHA
Ogier paced Omaha with a game-high 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting with eight rebounds. Mariah Murdie followed with 12 points and five rebounds on 4-of-8 shooting.
LEADERS FOR NDSU
A trio of Bison recorded double-digit scoring efforts in the team’s win. Emily Dietz had 17 points and 11 rebounds, while the duo of Sofija Zivaljevic and Rylee Nudell tallied 13 points apiece.
The Mavericks shot 26-for-59 from the floor (44%) to NDSU’s 25-55 (45%). Both teams shot nearly identically from beyond the arc as Omaha was 5-for-20 (25%) and the Bison were 4-of-15 (27%). Omaha went 7-for-9 at the charity stripe (78%), while NDSU was 13-for-18 (72%).
INSIDE THE FIRST HALF
Omaha came out hot to open the game and boosted itself to a 19-12 lead after one quarter of play. A 10-0 Bison run put them ahead 23-22 with 6:30 to go in the half. North Dakota Stat was able to use that momentum and carry a 34-29 lead going into the third quarter.
INSIDE THE SECOND HALF
Despite being down, Omaha kept itself in the game with monumental buckets late in the stretch. In the third with 4:33 to go down seven, Claire Killian buried a deep three and cut into the Bison lead. After three quarters, the Mavericks trailed 46-42. It wouldn’t be until the 5:17 mark in the final quarter when Ogier scored a fast-break layup and tied it at 53-all. A Kia Wilson bucket gave the Mavericks their first lead of the second half, 60-59, but NDSU answered with a three.
Late in the game, Murdie hit a giant three and put Omaha back ahead with under two to play. With the scored tied at 64-all, North Dakota State was able to draw a foul and head to the line. After splitting the pair, the Bison got the offensive board with four seconds to go and got another shot at the line. Down three with four seconds to tick, Omaha called timeout and advanced the ball to midcourt. Out of the break, Ogier got a good look from downtown, but the ball hit off the rim and sealed the 67-64 win for the Bison.