Momentum on Their Side
Bison women take conference victory
Published: Monday, February 3, 2014
Updated: Monday, February 3, 2014 09:02
The NDSU women’s basketball team is showing that it goes wherever junior guard Brooke LeMar will take them.
After being down by 12 with five minutes left in the first half and suffering an early drought by LeMar, the NDSU women’s basketball team defeated Summit League-opponent Denver 85-79 Saturday at the Bison Sports Arena. LeMar finished the game with 33 points and eight assists.
Denver head coach Kerry Cremeans said the capabilities the Bison showed were no surprise to her squad.
“Ever since I started scouting North Dakota State, they scared me,” Cremeans said. “They’re not any kind of a team that what their team record is. They just played tough and I knew at any moment they could explore and put up the points that they did today.”
The Bison managed to cut the lead down to six before halftime and got the lead back about midway through the second frame. After exchanging the lead a few times, the Bison pulled away.
“We just got defensive stops when we needed to,” NDSU head coach Carolyn DeHoff said. “That gave us a chance to obviously to take the lead and then to hold on.”
LeMar started off the game going 0-for-4 from the field. However, she pushed the Bison by going 6-of-11 before halftime, recording 12 points and five assists in the first half.
LeMar was able to keep the momentum coming out of the half, shooting 12-of-19, including a three pointer.
“I just missed them early, but I’ve just got to keep shooting it,” LeMar said. “I always want to be aggressive because the more I drive, it opens up my teammates a lot more.”
The Pioneers seemed to have the game under control early. In fact, UD ended the game with four players with double-digit scoring, led by Paige Bradley’s 17.
However, the Pioneers were outscored 54-42 in the second half.
“We want to play an up-tempo pace, but obviously North Dakota State does too,” Cremeans said. “They did that very, very well tonight. Obviously the ball moves very fast and there’s a lot of opportunities to score the ball, whether it be inside or outside.”
The Bison were in a similar situation Thursday. The Bison were within points of completing a comeback against South Dakota, but ended up losing by 13 points.
This time around, DeHoff was confident her team could take advantage of the turning momentum.
“We just showed some life from the start (of the second half) and really carried it through” DeHoff said. “We battled through a little bit of adversity, which you’re always going to face in a game when you face a game of runs.”
Starting out the game at the bottom of the Summit League, the Bison are now 6-16 overall and 2-5 in the Summit. The Pioneers fall to 5-17 overall and 3-4 in the conference.
While good numbers on a stat sheet would help any team, NDSU has it doesn’t need anything to pull a win out of their sleeves. DeHoff said they just need to stay sound in order to keep their play at a high level.
“We’ve just got to keep competing, regardless of what the score shows,” DeHoff said. “If you can do that, then you can climb yourself back in and that’s exactly what we did.”