MSUM Women's Basketball enters weekend with 12-game winning streak

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MOORHEAD, Minn. (Valley News Live) -- The Minnesota State Moorhead Women's Basketball team enters a big weekend riding a 12-game winning streak.

The Dragons (14-2, 10-0 NSIC) will host Wayne State (11-5, 6-4) Friday before the top team from the NSIC South Augustana (16-3, 8-2) enters Nemzek Fieldhouse Saturday.

MSUM has thrived this season by taking care of the basketball committing the fourth fewest turnovers per game in the nation (11.6) and being tough on defense allowing opponents just 54.6 points per game (12th in NCAA Division II).

MSUM Head Coach Karla Nelson says she hopes those trends will continue this weekend, but they are not talking about the winning streak.

"You can't be too worried about a streak. Is somebody going to probably beat us? Sure. Could it happen this weekend? Sure. You know I think the big thing that I want to see is us progressively get better so we're playing our best basketball in February which the last couple years we haven't. So that's my job as a coach," Nelson said Thursday.

The last time the Dragons dropped a game was November 18th. A non-conference 61-54 loss to Northern Michigan. The Dragons have three players averaging double figures led by sophomore Kiley Borowicz (13.4 ppg).

Nelson said the versatility in scoring makes her team tougher to defend.

"It's nice to be able to go to your bench or go to other people and be able to rely on them to score or do whatever it takes to win basketball games and i think that's one of the big characteristics of a good basketball team," Nelson said.

Senior guard Jacky Volkert is one of the three players averaging in double figures, but she also knows how important everyone in the lineup contributes.

"Scoring off the bench is really what its all about and we have players that can come in any part of the game and score, play defense, really just help the team in every single way."