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Bue aids Bison in victory

When Lisa Bue was on the court, North Dakota State thrived Sunday at the Bison Sports Arena. The senior poured in a career-high 29 points to spark the Bison to an 82-59 women's basketball victory against Montana State in the Katherine Burgum Classic.

Lisa Bue

When Lisa Bue was on the court, North Dakota State thrived Sunday at the Bison Sports Arena.

The senior poured in a career-high 29 points to spark the Bison to an 82-59 women's basketball victory against Montana State in the Katherine Burgum Classic.

"I think Lisa is a great leader," said NDSU senior Brenda Slyt, who scored 15 points. "Every night we expect a big night out of Lisa Bue."

Bue made 12 of 19 shots from the field and was 5 of 6 from the foul line. The 5-foot-10 forward sat the last seven minutes of the first half after picking up her second foul. The Bison scored just seven points during that stretch.

Bue was named the game's outstanding player.

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"She's our gamer," NDSU coach Amy Ruley said. "We go to her and she gets it done."

Playing in just its third home game this season, NDSU has 16 games remaining on its schedule, all of which are Summit League games.

The Bison host Oakland (Mich.) on Saturday, their third conference game this season.

"It was huge for us because it's not always easy to come back over Christmas break," Bue said. "I think everyone is excited for the conference games. Every game is important and every game has a price."

NDSU took control against Montana State shortly after halftime, scoring 10 of the first 12 points in the second half. Bue sparked that surge with six points. She drained two foul shots with 16 minutes, 53 seconds to play to stake the Bison to a 44-32 lead.

NDSU led by as many as 13 points in the first half, but the Bobcats clawed back late in the first half.

With Bue and Slyt (the top two scorers for NDSU) both on the bench with two fouls, Montana State cut the Bison lead to 34-30 at halftime.

"It was nice to see us hang on and make it to the half with a lead," Ruley said. "I thought we saw some kids show some courage and make some plays."

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The Bison buried the Bobcats with a string of 15 consecutive points in the second half. Bue scored six points during that stretch. Jill Zaruba capped the rally with a foul shot that staked NDSU to a 72-47 lead with 4:32 to play.

Bue scored 18 of her points in a 48-point Bison second half.

"You just never know when you step on the floor how it's going to go for you," Bue said. "I just got some good open looks."

MONTANA STATE (5-7): Wallace 3-10 3-4 9, Thornton 2-5 0-0 4, Perry 0-5 0-1 0, Phippard 0-3 0-0 0, Mercer 5-17 0-0 12, Goff 0-0 0-0 0, Heringer 3-9 3-4 10, Strand 4-6 0-0 8, Seidensticker 2-6 0-0 5, Garcia 4-10 0-0 8, Hoefer 1-1 0-0 2, Goodman 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 24-72 7-11 59.

NDSU (6-6): Slyt 5-13 4-4 15, Penley 2-5 3-5 7, Girodat 4-9 0-0 10, Bue 12-19 5-6 29, Plucker 1-5 0-0 3, Walseth 0-4 0-0 0, Hodgson 1-4 3-5 5, Shea 0-3 0-0 0, Popovici 0-1 0-0 0, Zaruba 1-3 3-4 5, Trecker 2-6 3-4 8, Lemnus 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-74 21-27 82.

Half: NDSU 34, MSU 30. 3-point goals: MSU 4-15 (Mercer 2-8, Heringer 1-3, Strand 0-1, Seidenstricker 1-3), NDSU 5-19 (Slyt 1-5, Girodat 2-3, Bue 0-1, Plucker 1-2, Walseth 0-2, Hodgson 0-2, Trecker 1-4). Total fouls: MSU 19, NDSU 15. Rebounds: MSU 40 (Garcia 8), NDSU 59 (Walseth 7). Assists: MSU 10 (three players with 2), NDSU 19 (Girodat 6). Steals: MSU 7 (Mercer 3), NDSU (Bue 2, Plucker 2). Blocks: MSU 9 (Strand 3), NDSU 10 (Penley 5). Turnovers: MSU 16 (Mercer 3), NDSU 15 (Girodat 6). A--1,492.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

Peterson's prep sports blog can be found at www.areavoices.com Bue aids Bison in victory Eric Peterson 20071231

Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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