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Cold shooting catches up with UND women's basketball in 69-53 loss to South Dakota

Feb. 1—GRAND FORKS — UND women's basketball shot just 30.8% in Thursday's 69-53 loss against South Dakota at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

The Fighting Hawks made 3 three-pointers in the game, all coming in the second quarter. They finished 3-for-18 from beyond the arc.

UND shot 52.6% in the second quarter. They shot less than 28% in every other quarter.

"I've talked, it feels like all year, about defense," UND coach Mallory Bernhard said. "I'm sure there's plenty of things that I'll go back and I'll watch. But it's the offense that I'm really going to be watching this film and saying, 'What are we going to do?'

"We know how teams defend Kacie (Borowicz), and quite frankly, we know how they defend everybody else, because they have eyes on Kacie. We've thought there was one solution in how we could expose those things, but maybe we need to find another one."

UND (7-14, 3-5 SL) had 25 points in the second quarter, cutting South Dakota's lead to two points, 34-32 at halftime.

But the Hawks didn't continue that run as the second half opened. UND was outscored 35-21 in the second half.

"We had it. Honestly, we had it," sophomore guard Mikayla Aumer said. "In the second quarter, we really went on a run and had momentum going into the half. But they went on a run, and we just didn't respond. We need more movement. We need more reversals, just finding a rhythm and a flow in our game, because that's when we play our best basketball."

Aumer hit two of the second quarter threes during her 14-point first half. She finished with a career-high 15 points.

Borowicz led the Hawks with 19 points and 10 rebounds, her third double-double of the season. No other UND player scored in double digits. Sophomore forward Kiyah Hurst had seven points late in the third quarter.

"I thought we took some decent shots and just some of them didn't drop," Bernhard said. "There's definitely some of that. But I have to help them find more open looks. I have to design something, give them some sort of feel, that this is exactly the shot that I could knock down and be confident in that shot."

South Dakota had three players end in double figures: Kendall Holmes (15), Natalie Mazurek (11) and Grace Larkins (13), the fourth-best scorer in the Summit League.

The Coyotes leave Grand Forks with a 16-7 overall record and 5-3 in conference play. South Dakota is now fourth in the Summit League, behind South Dakota State, Oral Roberts and North Dakota State, all teams the Coyotes have lost to once this season.

UND dropped to No. 6 in the Summit League.

Thursday's win marked the Coyotes' ninth win in its last 10 games against UND. The Hawks are 2-15 against South Dakota since 2013.

UND hosts North Dakota State Saturday, Feb. 3 in a doubleheader. The women's team will tip off at 1 p.m. with the men's game to follow.