BY BREANN LENZMEIER
Two big wins over the weekend brought the MSUM women’s basketball team record to 8-8, and they are still a contender in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
The Dragons defeated Upper Iowa on Friday with a 71-55 victory. Strong play from the team’s three seniors sparked the Dragons to the win in its first home game since Jan. 11.
Senior forward Megan Strese led the team with 19 points, followed by senior forward Morgan Zabel with 18 and senior guard Haley Thomforde with 13 points.
The Dragons held on after a big second half and a 14-0 run that sealed the win.
The win brought the Dragons record to 11-8 overall and 7-8 in NSIC action.
Coming off the solid win, the team faced Winona State on Saturday in NSIC action. The team fell behind early, but the momentum shifted to the home team’s side when they went on a 12-4 record.
The team had a strong second half and prevailed for the 79-62 win. They improved their record to 12-8 overall and 8-8 in NSIC play.
Morgan Zabel reached a career milestone scoring her 1,000th point in the final minutes in the win over Winona State. Zabel joined teammate Megan Strese, who earlier this year in scored 1,000 points in her career at MSUM.
Strese led the way for the team in the win over Winona State with 20 points.
The team continues its homestand this weekend as they host St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth in NSIC play. After playing at St. Cloud and Duluth two weeks ago, the Dragons came out of
Duluth with a win but fell short in St. Cloud.
The rematch against St. Cloud is at 6 p.m. on Friday at Nemzek Fieldhouse.