N. Dakota St. 93, Portland St. 59 Delta St. 68, Bentley 66
FARGO, N.D. (AP) _ Nadine Schmidt had 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists Friday night as North Dakota State overpowered Portland State 93-59 and won the chance to defend its NCAA Division II women’s basketball championship.
Delta State of Cleveland, Miss., will meet the Lady Bison Saturday for the title. Delta will be going for its third championship in four years, having won in 1989 and 1990.
The Lady Statesmen handed Bentley College its first loss of the season in the first semifinal, 68-66. Bentley, of Waltham, Mass., will play Portland State in the consolation game Saturday.
Three Viking fouls within two minutes gave NDSU a 10-point lead with 5:10 to go in the half. A minute later, point guard Jody Buck was flat on the floor after catching an elbow. She remained on the bench while her teammates steamrolled to a 47-29 halftime lead.
The Lady Vikings never threatened the taller, more aggressive Bison in the second period. Senior forward Laurie Northrop, who averages 19 points and 8 rebounds, led Portland State with the 14 points and three rebounds. Sheri Stemple, with 10 points, was the only other Viking scorer in double digits.
Darci Steere came off the bench to score 16 points for NDSU. Buck, Susan Faus and Denise Patterson had 12 each.
In the opening game, LaTanya Patty scored with 33 seconds left to help Delta State to a 68-66 semifinal victory over Bentley.
Bentley led 66-65 on Patrice Misiano’s basket with 53 seconds left. But on Delta’s ensuing possession, Leslie McKiernon got the ball to Patty, who scored easily underneath.
Delta’s Shorlone Crockam sank one of two free throws with 7 seconds left to finish the scoring.
Patty scored 20 points for for Delta (29-4).
Tracie Seymour and Kim Penwell each scored 18 points to lead Bentley (31-1).