A stumbling start Friday threatened to knock North Dakota out of the moment against St. Francis-Brooklyn, but a burst of points brought UND back to life in the WNIT consolation round, and North Dakota settled in after the drama to post a 70-63 victory at Towson University in Baltimore.
After falling behind 20-3 with about 12 minutes to go in the first half, North Dakota (2-1) went on a 24-4 run over eight minutes to claw back, eventually taking a 35-32 lead at halftime. St. Francis-Brooklyn (0-2) had settled down for a portion of the second half, but UND scored seven points in 50 seconds to pull ahead, 61-53, and the lead was never threatened.
North Dakota got 18 points apiece from University of Wisconsin transfer Makailah Dyer and Siri Burck, whose previous career high was nine points. Mia Loyd added 15 points and 10 rebounds.
St. Francis-Brooklyn had Leah Fechko scores 17 points to go with nine rebounds; Eilidh Simpson scored 13 points, and Jaymee Veney chipped in with 12 points and seven rebounds.