FARGO — Things began so promisingly.

After jumping out to a 7-0 lead, the North Dakota State women's basketball team surrendered a 15-0 run and never recovered in what became a 67-41 loss to Summit League favorite South Dakota Sunday in the Scheels Center.

Michelle Gaislerova got the Bison off to a fast start, sinking a 3-pointer on the opening possession, then making a short jumper on the next.

But things wouldn't go nearly as smoothly for the offense the rest of the quarter. After pushing their lead to 7-0, the Bison were held scoreless for 6 minutes, 9 seconds and finished the opening period with seven turnovers. They managed to get within 15-13 at quarter's end, but a 23-12 second-quarter scoring advantage put USD firmly in command the rest of the way.

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Giveaways were a theme for the Bison, who had more turnovers (17) than field goals (14). NDSU was just 5-of-23 from the floor in the second half against the conference's top scoring defense.

"We need to value the basketball," Bison coach Maren Walseth said. "Live ball turnovers easily result into two points on the other end. Valuing the basketball, being decisive in our actions is very important and something we didn't capitalize on today."

After struggling against NDSU's physicality early, the Coyotes, who've earned votes in each of the last four Associated Press Top 25 polls, found a rhythm before halftime, hitting 15-of-25 field goals after missing their first four shots.

Hannah Sjerven led all scorers with 15 points and was one of three Coyote players to score in double figures. It was par for the course for a balanced USD offense, that entered the day with seven players averaging between seven and 14 points per game.

USD also won the rebounding battle by a decisive 45-26 margin.

The Coyotes, who have won 15 consecutive Summit League regular-season games, have won 10 of their last 11 meetings with the Bison.

Following a 70-54 win over Purdue-Fort Wayne in Friday's Summit League opener, the Bison fell to 4-10 overall.

Despite the strong opponent, players and coaches clearly expected more out of the game, and left Sunday knowing they had a lot of questions to answer.

"I thought they had better intensity and better effort," said Emily Dietz, who led the Bison with 12 points. "I don't think that we showed what we're capable of this game. It was just a simple fact of effort. I think we really need to take today to let it settle in and feel the sting so that we can come back and get our revenge the next time we play them."

"We fell victim to not competing," Walseth added. "I did not think we competed tonight."

NDSU gets a week off before traveling to Omaha for a 2 p.m. game next Sunday.



USD 15 38 59 69

NDSU 13 25 30 41

USD (13-2, 1-0): Frederick 4-9 3-4 11, A. Arens 1-2 0-0 2, Lamb 3-7 0-0 6, McKeever 5-9 1-1 13, Duffy 3-8 1-2 9, Kunzer 0-2 0-0 0, Korngable 1-4 0-0 3, M . Arens 3-7 0-0 8, Sankey 0-0 0-0 0, Bonar 0-0 0-0 0, Sjerven 7-13 1-2 15, Peplowski 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 27-61 6-9 67.

NDSU (4-10, 1-1): Dietz 4-7 4-5 12, Zivaljevic 0-9 2-2 2, Gaislerova 3-9 1-2 8, Spencer 1-9 0-0 2, Fernandez 2-7 1-2 7, Rimdal 0-0 0-0 0, Nudell 3-7 2-2 8, Voegeli 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 14-50 10-13 41.

Total fouls: USD 20, NDSU 12. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: USD 45 (Two with 6); NDSU 26 (Three with 5). 3-point goals: USD 7-13 (McKeever 2-4, Duffy and M. Arens 2-3, Korngable 1-2, Kunzer 0-1); NDSU 3-15 (Fernandez 2-5, Gaislerova 1-2, Spencer 0-3, Zivaljevic 0-2). Assists: USD 18 (Korngable 6); NDSU 7 (Three with 2). Turnovers: USD 14 (A. Arens 3); NDSU 17 (Four with 3). A-520.