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Bison women fall in two OTs

GREENVILLE, N.C. - The North Dakota State women's basketball team rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit to force overtime, but lost in double overtime Saturday to East Carolina in the opening round of the Lady Pirate Invitational 73-70.

GREENVILLE, N.C. - The North Dakota State women's basketball team rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit to force overtime, but lost in double overtime Saturday to East Carolina in the opening round of the Lady Pirate Invitational 73-70.

Bison forward Brenda Slyt scored a team-high 20 points, including 13 in the second half. But poor free-throw shooting and a season-high 25 turnovers plagued NDSU.

"Turnovers and not hitting free throws cost us the game," said NDSU coach Amy Ruley, whose team shot 8-for-19 from the free-throw line. "Free throws are our Achilles'."

NDSU's Katie Dahlen hit a 3-pointer in the middle of the second half to trigger a 12-2 run. The Bison managed to tie the game 58-58 in regulation on a Slyt 3-pointer.

"We switched some things up defensively and got some stops," Ruley said of the team's second-half run. "We fought hard to get back and take them to overtime."

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East Carolina's Jasmine Young hit a short jumper in the second overtime to put the Pirates ahead. LaCoya Terry added two free throws in the final seconds to preserve East Carolina's victory.

NDSU will face Fairfield in the consolation game of the tournament at noon today. Fairfield lost to Florida State on Saturday.

"(Fairfield) looked pretty good," Ruley said. "We'll have our hands full."

NDSU (2-3): Kay. Dahlen 3-6 0-1 8, Slyt 9-19 0-0 20, Penley 2-7 1-2 5, Moran 0-4 2-2 2, Bue 6-18 0-0 13, Kat. Dahlen 2-5 2-3 7, Zaruba 1-2 0-0 2, Sonstelie 3-7 0-2 6, Heintzelman 2-5 3-6 7. Totals 28-74 8-19 70.

East Carolina (3-4): Mills 7-16 5-6 19, Days 0-3 5-6 5, Young 5-22 4-6 14, Slack 4-8 0-0 8, Terry 7-15 9-9 23, Husarova 2-7 0-2 4. Totals 25-75 23-29 73.

Halftime: ECU 33, NDSU 31. 3-point goals: (Kay. Dahlen 2-4, Slyt 2-8, Moran 0-3, Bue 1-4, Kat. Dahlen 1-4, Sonstelie 0-4, Heintzelman 0-3, Young 0-5, Slack 0-3, Husarova 0-3). Total fouls: NDSU 23, ECU 17. Fouled out: (Days, Slack). Rebounds: NDSU 63 (Penley, Bue 10), ECU 43 (Mills 8) Assists: NDSU 19 (Bue 6), ECU 16 (thee with four). Steals: NDSU 8 (Bue, Moran 2) ECU 13 (Young, Terry 4) Turnovers: NDSU 25 (Kay. Dahlen 5), ECU 13 (Mills 3).

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