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Oral Roberts ruins UND Senior Day with blowout win

Feb. 17—GRAND FORKS — Senior Day is a special occasion for all college basketball programs.

But after the UND pregame ceremony that honored its three seniors, the day was anything but celebratory for the Fighting Hawks as Oral Roberts pressed and ran its way to a 102-57 win Saturday at The Betty.

Simply, it was a depressing day, one that was designed to honor the UND women's basketball program's three seniors — Kacie Borowicz, Sammiyah Hoskin and Destinee Oberg.

"Not much went right for us today," said UND coach Mallory Bernhard. "It never felt like we were playing our basketball. This is one I hope we can quickly forget and move on."

UND committed 28 turnovers, leading to 33 ORU points, and shot only 30 percent in dropping to 5-8 in the Summit and 9-17 overall. And its final three games of the Summit season will come against three of the top four teams in the league — all on the road beginning with next Saturday's game at North Dakota State.

UND committed three straight turnovers to open the game but then rallied for a 13-12 advantage late in the first quarter. But it all fell apart after that. ORU (8-5, 16-9) went on an 18-0 run and never let up.

There is no place to go but up after a 45-point home loss.

"I don't think this is like a season-ending, backbreaking loss," said Bernhard. "We still have three regular-season, conference games to play and hopefully more beyond that point. So it's probably a good time to not play until Saturday. Obviously, no one is holding anything back for NDSU."

Borowicz, the Summit League's leading scorer, was held to four points. She fouled out with 8:13 to play after being called for an offenesive foul. The senior from Roseau, Minn., is one of the most celebrated players in program history as she is among the top five scorers in program history.

ORU acknowleged the play of Borowicz the past few seasons as most Golden Eagles players gave her a hug during the post-game handshake line.

"Sammiyah and Kacie pour their hearts into the program," said Bernhard. "They deserve better than this."

Hoskin finished with 10 points, while sophomore Nakiyah Hurst led the Hawks with 15. Kiera Pemberton also was in double figures with 10.

"There definitely isn't much to say," said Hoskin. "We took a beating. We definitely did and we know that. We thought we were prepared. We just have to take it and learn from it."

With the Bison on the horizon, it might be easier for UND to reset after its second 40-point plus home loss of the season. NDSU, the second-place team in the Summit, beat UND 101-85 earlier this month at The Betty.

"Everybody's excited for that game," said Hoskin. "I feel like we should come into every game like we're playing NDSU because we had fire coming into that game. That should be us every game. But losses happen."