MACOMB, Ill. – Heaven Hamling scored a season-high 25 points to lift the North Dakota State women’s basketball team past Western Illinois, 63-55, Saturday afternoon at Western Hall.
Hamling notched his third 20-point game of the season with a season-high 25 points on 5-of-10 shooting on three. She also grabbed a career-high nine rebounds and four assists in 40 minutes of action. Olivia Skibiel notched his second consecutive double-digit performance with a season-high 16 points and eight rebounds.
As a team, NDSU (7-10, 3-4 Summit) shot 87.5 percent (14-16) from the free throw line. Skibiel paced the Bison by connecting on all four attempts, while Abby Schulte shot 6 of 8 on the line. NDSU also shot 30% (9-30) from behind the arc and 31.7% (20-63) from the field.
Western Illinois (11-5, 2-3 Summit) took the lead in the first quarter, 7-5, at 3:39. The Bison responded with a sweeping 10-3 run capped by a Skibiel triple to steal a 15-10 lead with 1:51 left in the quarter. The Leathernecks made one final push in the fourth period, cutting the deficit to three, 50-47, with 7:43 remaining. NDSU responded with five unanswered runs to extend their lead to eight, 55-47, after Skibiel drained a three-run with 4:51 remaining. NDSU was able to hold off Western Illinois the rest of the way to claim the road victory 63-55.
NDSU returns to Scheels Center on Thursday to host Kansas City (11-4, 1-3 Summit). Tipping is set at 7:00 p.m.