Dragon Women Survive CSP, 67-66 in Thriller

MOORHEAD, Minn. (MSUM Athletics) -- A three-pointer from junior Brooklyn Liegel bounced in with 10 seconds left and was the gamewinner as the Minnesota State University Moorhead women's basketball team edged Concordia-St. Paul, 67-66 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action Saturday in Moorhead, Minn.

MSUM is now 16-7 overall and 11-5 in the NSIC while CSP fell to 10-12 overall and 7-9 in the league.

The Dragons wore their pink uniforms in recognition of the Play4Kay initiative which helps bring awareness to cancers that affect women.

Senior forward Megan Hintz led MSUM with 23 points and 11 rebounds while sophomore forward Peyton Boom had 16 points and six rebounds. Junior guard Sarah Jacobson had 10 points while sophomore guards Nicole Herbranson and Natalie Steichen had four assists each.

Liegel's shot came at the perfect time as MSUM was down 66-64 with time running out. She took a shot from the corner that appeared short but bounced in the air and landed in. The Dragons then had only one foul and was able to foul CSP on the floor three times to eat some seconds off the block. The Golden Bears had an in-bounds play with 1.4 seconds left but couldn't get a shot off as MSUM held on.

The biggest lead for either team was nine points, by MSUM in the second quarter. But the Golden Bears cut into the gap each time and hung around, and took their first lead of the second half on a basket by Sydney Schultz with 1:30 left. The Golden Bears had another possession to extend the lead but were called for an offensive foul.

MSUM led 42-35 at halftime, keyed by 12 points from Boom and 10 apiece from Hintz and Jacobson. The Dragons shot 51.7 percent (15-of-29) in the first half while CSP shot 36.4 percent (12-of-33).

The Golden Bears cut the lead to 52-49 after three quarters and from there the game was close.

Liegel added six points for MSUM.

MSUM will play its next four games on the road, starting next Friday at Southwest Minnesota State.