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UND guard Kacie Borowicz records first career triple-double in 100-75 win over Omaha

Jan. 11—GRAND FORKS — With four and a half minutes left in the UND women's basketball game against Omaha, coach Mallory Bernhard learned fifth-year guard Kacie Borowicz needed two more rebounds to record a triple-double.

"I said, 'OK, I'm going to give you about two minutes to get it," Bernhard said. "She went in there and she got literally the next two rebounds. Within 30 seconds, she got those two, so we took her out. Then we were told she might need one more, so we got her back in there."

Borowicz grabbed her 10th rebound of the night with 1 minute, 43 seconds left in the Hawks' 100-75 win over Omaha. She ended with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Her triple-double was UND's third in school history and first in nearly 24 years. Borowicz joined Katie Richards, who had a triple-double Jan. 15, 2000, and Jenny Crouse, who recorded hers Feb. 8, 1997.

"I didn't really know until, obviously, the end," Borowicz said. "Very grateful that my coaches let me go back in and that they were on top of that for me. It's not something you're thinking of the whole time, but when you know you're that close, it was cool to get."

She worked hard to grab her final couple of rebounds, parking under the basket and fighting for the ball.

"It's a pretty rare thing in basketball, in general. We know Kacie's a pretty special player, and we see her do special things all the time, so nothing should really surprise us or shock us at this point," Bernhard said. "But what an awesome accomplishment. You could see that fight to go get a couple (rebounds), and I love that."

Borowicz's accomplishment came on a stellar night offensively for the Hawks to open the second half of the season.

UND had four players end in double figures. Kiyah Hurst reached a double-double in the third quarter and ended with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Kiera Pemberton had 16 points on 7-for-7 shooting, and Sammiyah Hoskin added 10 points.

"From the tip, this was one of our first games where we've been in control the whole time," Borowicz said. "They had runs, but I think we played our pace and just dictated the game. I think that was the first time we did that, so just really good for our confidence."

Thursday's win was UND's first conference win this season. The team continues to find positive aspects to build on after a 5-11 start to the year.

Finding a stride offensively en route to a 100-point conference win shows the patience and practice may be paying off for the young Hawks.

"It's been moving here a little bit in the right direction, which is awesome. Honestly, just love the way we're playing as a team right now," Bernhard said. "We've said all along that we had so much learning and teaching to do. It can be frustrating at times when what feels like it should be progressing quickly isn't. That's where, as coaches and upperclassmen, we had to try and keep our heads on straight and understand that we do have a really young roster and things were just going to take time.

"I said it up and down at the beginning of the season that I didn't think we were going to be the same team in November and December as we were going to be in January and February. I think we're starting to see a little bit of what we're talking about there, but we certainly have things that we're going to continue to improve upon. Hopefully January is still progressing and February's even better."