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Conference debut ends with victory

SHREVEPORT, La. - North Dakota State's inaugural foray into the Summit League was a successful one Saturday afternoon in the Centenary Gold Dome as the Bison rolled over perennial league cellar dweller Centenary 78-73.

SHREVEPORT, La. - North Dakota State's inaugural foray into the Summit League was a successful one Saturday afternoon in the Centenary Gold Dome as the Bison rolled over perennial league cellar dweller Centenary 78-73.

With Louisiana temperatures soaring unseasonably above 80 degrees, the Bison (3-4, 1-0) were almost as hot inside the Gold Dome, shooting 43.2 percent in the first half.

Senior Lisa Bue scored 15 of her 17 points in the first half, while Brenda Slyt scored 14 of her team-high 21 points after the break to put away an injury-depleted and young Centenary team. The Ladies

(2-7, 0-1 Summit) have now lost 14 of their last 15 conference games dating back to last season.

"We're happy to get our first league win, but I'm not happy about the way we played in the second half," NDSU coach Amy Ruley said. "You have to give Centenary credit, they got after us and played harder than we did at times."

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The Bison allowed the Ladies to cut a 20-point halftime lead to just 68-61 with just under five minutes to play, but consecutive buckets from Slyt and Jerri Penley kept the Ladies at bay.

The Bison used a 14-2 first-half run and an aggressive man defense to build a 20-point lead at halftime. Although the Ladies made a run to cut their deficit to 12 points to open the second half, NDSU quickly got the advantage back to 16 points five minutes into the second half.

Already playing without leading scorer Cierra Bush, who was injured in Centenary's last outing, the Ladies lost their third best scorer, Bethany Joseph, just minutes into the contest. That left coach Steve Curtis with just eight eligible players.

"We knew without Cierra, that some of our freshmen would have to step up and, for the most part, they did," Curtis said. "In the first half, we didn't rebound very aggressively, but I felt like we still had a chance to win it in the second half."

The Ladies might have been able to pull the game out in the second half if not for the play of Slyt, who was unstoppable down low.

"I have to give the credit to our point guard, Amanda Girodat, for getting me the ball," Slyt said. "We got a little frustrated in the second half and we have to learn to put a team away when we're up by 20."

Showing no ill effects from their long trip south, the Bison got out of the box fast, racing to an 8-3 lead before the Ladies battled back to within 10-9 seven minutes into the contest. A 14-0 Bison run over the next couple of minutes gave the Bison a 30-16 advantage, but the Ladies battled to within six points with a 9-0 run of their own with four minutes remaining in the first half.

North Dakota closed the half on a 14-2 run to make it 46-28 at the break.

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NDSU (3-4, 1-0 Summit): Slyt 8-15 4-4 21, Penley 4-7 1-2 9, Girodat 3-7 3-4 11, Moran 0-7 0-0 0, Bue 7-16 2-2 17, Walseth 1-4 4-5 6, Hodgson 0-0 0-0 0, Shea 0-1 0-0 0, Plucker 2-3 6-6 12, Zaruba 1-4 0-0 2, Lemnus 0-4 0-2 0. Totals: 26-68 20-25 78.

CENTENARY (2-7, 0-1): Hale 2-6 1-2 5, Farrell 4-10 2-2 10, Jackson 7-11 4-6 18, Weiler 3-9 1-2 7, Zaloga 5-14 3-4 15, Jefferson 6-9 2-3 16, Barbee 0-0 0-0 0, Joseph 0-0 0-0 0, Forest 1-4 0-0 3. Totals: 28-63 13-19 73.

Halftime: NDSU 46, Centenary 28. 3-point goals: NDSU 6-21 (Plucker 2-2, Girodat 2-4, Bue 1-3, Slyt 1-6, Shea 0-1, Walseth 0-2); Centenary 4-7 (Jefferson 2-2, Zaloga 2-4, Jackson 0-1). Total fouls: NDSU 18, Centenary 19. Fouled out: NDSU, Penley. Rebounds: NDSU 42 (Bue 9), Centenary 39 (Hale 6, Weiler 6). Assists: NDSU 14 (Girodat 10), Centenary 11 (Zaloga 3, Jackson 3). Steals: NDSU 9 (Slyt 3, Girodat 3), Centenary 9 (Hale 2, Jackson 2, Zaloga 2). Turnovers: NDSU 17 (Girodat 3, Moran 3), Centenary 20 (Weiler 5).

Conference debut ends with victory By Jimmy Watson 20071209

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