'Roos Fight Back But Fall To Bison In Fargo
UMKC Athletics 1-5-2013
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(Fargo, N.D.) - The Kansas City women's basketball team overcame a 13 point deficit to pull to within three late, but could not complete the comeback, falling 59-48 to North Dakota State on Saturday night at the Bison Sports Arena.

The loss drops the Kangaroos to 4-12 overall and 0-3 in The Summit League, while North Dakota State improves to 5-10 overall and 1-2 in league play.

"We definitely played a better game tonight," junior Kara Lee said. "Even though we didn't get the win, we played together and with more heart and effort.  We still need to focus on boxing out and limit O boards and second chance opportunities."

Junior Eilise O'Connor led the Kansas City offensive attack with 14 points, while fellow juniors Lee and Hailey Houser each chipped in 10.

After the Bison stretched their 25-21 halftime lead into a 44-31 advantage midway through the second half, Houser started a 15-5 run over the next 5:17 that trimmed the 'Roo deficit to three with 3:17 left to play.

During the run Lee connected on three baskets for the 'Roos, while O'Connor added four points and freshman Kelsey Barnwell converted a three-point play.

The Bison answered with a jumper at the 2:11 mark, but on the ensuing Kansas City possession, Barnwell hit a floater in the lane to cut the lead to 51-48 with 1:40 left to play.

The Barnwell floater, however, would be the last points the 'Roos would score, while NDSU would add six free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

Defensively, the 'Roos limited the Bison to just 34.4 percent shooting from the field, including 5.6 percent (1-18) from three-point range, while knocking down 15-of-19 from the line.

On the glass, O'Connor, Lee and freshman Taylor Leathers each grabbed five of the Kangaroos' 34 rebounds.

"If we continue playing hard the whole game, from beginning to end, we know that will helps us get to where we want to be," Lee added.  "We were right there tonight.  We just have to keep wanting more."

The Blue & Gold will be back in action again next Saturday when they return to Kansas City to take on Summit League foe South Dakota at 2 p.m. in the Swinney Recreation Center.

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