No. 25 Dragon Women Lose 77-74 Heartbreaker to Sioux Falls

MOORHEAD, Minn. (MSUM Athletics) -- A late three-pointer bounced off at the buzzer as the University of Sioux Falls edged No. 25 Minnesota State University Moorhead, 77-74 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women's basketball Saturday at Nemzek Fieldhouse in Moorhead, Minn.

It was the first home loss of 2018-19 for MSUM (19-5, 15-3 NSIC), which is now tied with Minnesota Duluth for the league lead with four games left. The two teams meet on Saturday, Feb. 16 in Moorhead. USF improved to 17-7 overall and 12-6 in the league.

Junior forward Hintz had a career-high 28 points to go along with 11 rebounds for her team-best 11th double-double of 2018-19. Senior guard Jacky Volkert had 24 points, seven assists and four rebounds while sophomore guard Kiley Borowicz had 11 points and five rebounds.

Volkert hit a three-pointer with 16 seconds left to tie the game at 74-74 but Anna Goodhope buried a three-pointer in the final seconds to put USF up three. A desperation three by Volkert bounced off at the buzzer, leaving the Cougars with a three-point win.

The game saw 13 lead changes and four ties. The Dragons led for 29:01 and led by as many as 11 points in the first half, at 20-9 after a three-point play by redshirt freshman Peyton Boom. But USF closed the gap to one at 34-33 at halftime and from there the game was close, as neither team led by more than five points.

Freshman guard Nicole Herbranson had six points for MSUM in a losing effort.

MSUM continues the homestand on Friday against St. Cloud State. Tipoff is 5:30 p.m. at Nemzek Fieldhouse.