MOORHEAD, Minn. — Junior forward Megan Hintz hit a three-pointer with 4.2 seconds left to lift the Minnesota State University Moorhead women's basketball team to a 65-61 win over St. Cloud State in action Friday at Nemzek Fieldhouse in Moorhead, Minn. For the first time in school history MSUM has recorded four straight 20-win seasons.
MSUM (20-5, 16-3 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) remains tied for first in the NSIC with Minnesota Duluth heading into Saturday's pivotal showdown between the two teams in Moorhead. St. Cloud State fell to 14-9 overall and 11-8 in the league.
Hintz finished with her 12th double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds, including the game-winning three. Senior guard Jacky Volkert had 10 points, three assists and three steals. Redshirt freshman forward Peyton Boom had 10 points and six rebounds while sophomore guard Kiley Borowicz had 11 points and six rebounds.
In a game where the biggest lead for either team was five points, MSUM trailed 53-48 with 4:42 left but chipped away at the lead. Volkert scored four straight points to tie the game at 61-61 with 42 seconds left. The Dragons forced two big turnovers in the final seconds — one on a shot clock violation and the other on a five-second call — to keep the Huskies off the board.
Hintz buried a three from the top of the key with 4.2 seconds left to give MSUM a three-point lead. SCSU failed to get the ball inbounds and was called for a five second violation on the ensuing possession. Volkert was fouled and hit 1-of-2 foul shots with one second left to push the lead to four.
MSUM led 29-27 at halftime. Freshman guard Nicole Herbranson had nine points for MSUM in the opening 20 minutes. The game was tied at 43-43 going into the fourth quarter.
Herbranson finished with nine points and three assists.
Saturday's game against Minnesota Duluth begins at 3:30 p.m. at Nemzek Fieldhouse.