Lexi Klabo was enjoying her traditional recreation.
Klabo, UND’s 6-foot-three junior middle, has proven she will carry her workforce at occasions this season. And she or he did that once more Saturday, scoring a profession-excessive 29 factors and grabbing 15 rebounds in main UND to an eighty-seventy two win over Northern Iowa earlier than 1,877 followers at The Betty.
Afterward, although, she deflected credit score. “We began out slightly sluggish however we picked it up,” she stated. “We had individuals step up and make performs.”
UND gained its fourth straight to enhance to four-2 whereas Northern Iowa, an annual Missouri Valley Convention contender that beat Iowa State earlier this season, dropped to 2-5.
“We got here out sluggish,” stated UND coach Travis Brewster. “Our shoot round earlier than the sport was sluggish, too. Fortunately, we now have nice followers. We have now to take pleasure in this win as a result of it was onerous-earned at our place with a fantastic crowd behind us.”
Northern Iowa led for the primary 26 minutes and had a 9-level benefit within the first half. However the Hawks slowly closed the hole and grabbed their first lead (fifty five-fifty four) on a Jill Morton three-pointer with three:39 left within the third quarter. Freshman Akealy Moton added an inside basket on the three-minute mark earlier than Klabo scored one other inside basket for a fifty nine-fifty four lead with 2:sixteen left within the third.
UNIK briefly regained the lead early within the fourth quarter earlier than Morton hit one other shot from the perimeter for a sixty three-sixty two lead. From there, UND managed to stretch the lead because the Hawks made sufficient free throws and dealt with some intense UNI perimeter strain down the stretch.
Fallyn Freije added 18 factors and eleven rebounds for UND whereas Morton ended with sixteen factors on 7-for-10 capturing.
“Jill has been flattening photographs all season,” stated Brewster. “She’s fearless on the market with the bounce shot and we’d like that.”
UNI, led by Kennedy Kirpatrick’s 21 factors, pulled inside seventy two-seventy one with 2:20 to go however UND hit six free throws and a layup over the subsequent two minutes to seal the win.
“It was a very intense recreation,” stated Morton. “Our photographs weren’t falling early however we’re a tough-working workforce.”
They usually’re a tough-working staff with an inside tandem of Klabo and Freije who mixed for forty seven factors, 26 rebounds and seven blocked photographs. Klabo had all seven blocks.
“These two have been superb, as all the time,” stated Morton.
Regardless of UNI’s strain on the perimeter, UND dedicated solely eleven turnovers. And the Hawks capitalized on UNI’s up-and-down flooring play, scoring 22 factors off sixteen Panther turnovers.
“We discovered one other option to get it achieved,” stated Brewster. “I belief my workforce; I belief how they play and I like…