FARGO, N.D. — The UNO women erased a 14-point, second-half deficit during Friday’s Summit League opener at North Dakota State.
But a fourth-quarter scoring drought cost the Mavericks, who were outscored 12-5 in the final four minutes of a 62-53 loss.
UNO (1-5, 0-1) has lost four straight, and were in position to win in the closing minutes in three of those. That was the case Friday, too.
North Dakota State (7-2, 2-1) opened a 36-22 lead early in the second half, putting together an 18-4 five-minute run that spanned both halves.
The Mavs responded by scoring the last 11 points of the third quarter, then a Lauren Frost basket to start the fourth quarter made it 43-43. Frost led UNO with 12 points.
But the Mavs went 3 of 14 from the field the rest of the way, including a four-minute scoring drought. Claire Killian’s 3-pointer with 47 seconds left ended the slide to cut UNO’s deficit to 55-51, but the Mavs got no closer.
Elena Pilakouta finished with 11 points and six rebounds while Ella Ogier had 10 points, six rebounds and four steals for UNO. Center Mariah Murdie, a preseason all-conference selection, fouled out with two points after playing nine minutes.
The teams will play again at 5 p.m. Saturday.