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UND drops fifth-straight Summit League tournament game in quarterfinal loss to Oral Roberts

Mar. 10—SIOUX FALLS — With a free throw late in the fourth quarter of UND's Summit League tournament opener, standout fifth-year guard Kacie Borowicz moved to third on the Fighting Hawks' all-time scoring list.

The milestone was the silver lining to No. 6 UND's 91-68 quarterfinal loss to No. 3 Oral Roberts on Sunday in which the Hawks struggled with turnovers.

"I put in a lot of time," Borowicz said, "so it's just really rewarding. There's some great names up there and just to be even surrounded by those names, it means a lot to me and to my family."

Borowicz, who scored 26 points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter of the loss, sits behind Jenny Crouse and Ashley Langen on the all-time scoring list. Borowicz is the Division I scoring leader.

She ended her five-year UND career with numerous personal accolades, but the Hawks didn't win a Summit League tournament game with Borowicz, or fifth-year forward Sammiyah Hoskin, on the roster.

"Unfortunately, sat here after these first games far too often, and it doesn't get any easier," UND coach Mallory Bernhard said. "The game is what it is. Moments like this are hard when you know you have players that have given their heart and soul. Kacie had an unbelievable career and chose to come back to North Dakota using her fifth year. That's not happening everywhere. That's special.

"It pains me that we couldn't get her a win in Sioux Falls. Not just her, obviously the entire team, and Sammiyah is no different. Would have loved to have given our seniors an opportunity to put the uniform on one more time. It's more about our players and what they give and what you want to be able to get back to them."

UND shot 41% from the floor and 36% from three, better than Oral Roberts' 25%. The Golden Eagles ended with 43% shooting.

Turnovers, especially UND's tendency for errant passes, and spurts of rebounding issues were the difference in the game.

The Hawks ended with 23 turnovers, their highest game total since UND last played Oral Roberts Feb. 17 and turned the ball over 28 times.

UND's most turnovers in a game this season was 31, which came at Oral Roberts Jan. 18.

Kiyah Hurst ended Sunday's quarterfinal game with a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds). Kiera Pemberton had 10 points in her first Summit League tournament game.

Oral Roberts was led by Jalei Oglesby, who was named the Summit League's Sixth Woman of the Year Thursday, with 27 points and eight rebounds. Conference Newcomer of the Year Taleyah Jones had 23 points and Hannah Cooper added 16.

Hurst, a sophomore, said playing with Borowicz and Hoskin the last two seasons improved her game immensely.

"I came in probably the worst freshman," she said, "but Sammiyah and Kacie really helped me. I am where I am today because of them. Sad that we couldn't get the win, but real grateful for the two years that I had with them."