The #13 Glenville State College Lady Pioneers fell to the #1 University of North Dakota Sioux, 86-55, tonight at the Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks. The Pioneers (3-2, 1-0) were led by Senior F Karina Kendrick’s 16 points and 10 rebounds, her 3rd double-double on the season. Junior PG Christine DiSabato also added 16 points on 4 of 6 shooting from behind the arc.
UND (7-0) was paced by a game high 18 points from both Kierah Kimbrough and Ashley Langen. The Sioux totally dominated in the paint as they held a 36-14 points in the paint advantage. North Dakota was equally dominate on the boards as they held a 50-32 rebounding advantage, including 25 offensive rebounds which led a 27-4 advantage in 2nd chance points.
The 1st half was all about runs, as both teams jumped out on different spurts. As the game opened it was all Pioneers early as they held a seven point advantage, 14-7, just four minutes in. The Fighting Sioux would then go on their first big run of the night, as they rattled off a 14-2 run over the next five minutes, to put them up 21-16.
Un-phased by the run, Glenville State would continue to chip away at the UND lead, and after a Miranda Reed free throw, the game would be knotted at 29 all with 4:35 to go in the half.
Then the USA Today/ESPN #1 ranked UND Sioux would flex their muscle, as they would counter with a 16-2 run to go into the locker room with a 45-31 advantage.
Unfortunately for the Pioneers, the final four minutes were a precursor of the things to come in the 2nd half. The Sioux would open the first six minutes on a 13-2 run and put any hopes of a comeback out of reach.
The Pioneers shot 39% from the field and 31% from the behind the arc, and turned the ball over 20 times to UND’s 10.
The Lady Pioneers return to action tomorrow night as they will take on St. Cloud State. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. Central/7 p.m. eastern