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Sannes sets career blocks record, Dragons extend winning streak to 11 in a row

Minnesota State University Moorhead's Drew Sannes reaches for a pass against University of Sioux Falls' Mari Smitsdorff on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, at Alex Nemzek in Moorhead. David Samson / The Forum1 / 6
Minnesota State University Moorhead's Megan Hintz eyes the basket against University of Sioux Falls' Moira Duffy on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, at Alex Nemzek in Moorhead. David Samson / The Forum2 / 6
Minnesota State University Moorhead's Lauren Fech drives against University of Sioux Falls' Augusta Thramer on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, at Alex Nemzek in Moorhead. David Samson / The Forum3 / 6
Minnesota State University Moorhead's Megan Hintz splits University of Sioux Falls defenders Kaely Hummel and Moira Duffy on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, at Alex Nemzek in Moorhead. David Samson / The Forum4 / 6
Minnesota State University Moorhead's Madi Green shoots over University of Sioux Falls' Mari Smitsdorff on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, at Alex Nemzek in Moorhead. David Samson / The Forum5 / 6
Minnesota State University Moorhead's Shannon Galegher battles for the ball against University of Sioux Falls' Moira Duffy and Mariah Szymanski on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, at Alex Nemzek in Moorhead. David Samson / The Forum6 / 6

MOORHEAD—Drew Sannes and Megan Hintz are a combined 12 feet, 5 inches tall and the Minnesota State Moorhead duo played big Saturday at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.

Sannes and Hintz combined for 40 points, 24 rebounds and four blocked shots to help lift the Dragons to a 69-58 victory against the University of Sioux Falls in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women's basketball before 954 fans.

The 6-foot-2 Hintz scored a career-high 21 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked two shots to help the Dragons (17-3, 14-2 NSIC) extend their winning streak to 11 consecutive games.

"I wanted to come out with some energy this game, compared to the last game," Hintz said. "It's that time of the year when everybody is getting tired."

The 6-foot-3 Sannes scored 19 points, grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds and blocked two shots. Sannes, from Hawley, Minn., set the program's career blocks record with her shot block late in the first half. Sannes has 211 for her career. Jessica Fesenmaier (2003-05, 06-08) held the old mark with 210.

"Drew is playing like Drew Sannes right now," Hintz said. "She's a double-double machine, she's playing the way we know she knows how to play. It's fun to play with her."

While the Dragons never trailed, Sioux Falls made a strong charge to start the fourth quarter. The Cougars scored the first nine points of the fourth to cut the MSUM lead into single digits. USF freshman guard Lauren Sanders capped that run with a 3-pointer from the left wing that sliced the Dragons lead to 53-46 with 6 minutes, 45 seconds to play in the fourth.

MSUM countered with seven of the next 10 points to fend off the Sioux Falls rally. Hintz started the run with a basket off a rebound. Jacky Volkert capped the surge with a 3-pointer that gave the Dragons a 60-49 lead with 4:30 remaining.

"It's a grind and I think you have to appreciate every win that you get," Dragons head coach Karla Nelson said. "It's not pretty, but we find ways to win and we're going to have to keep doing that."

The Dragons started fast, scoring the game's first eight points and took a 13-point lead into the second quarter. MSUM added an 11-3 run in the second quarter to build on that advantage. Hintz and Sannes combined for nine of those points. Sannes capped the surge with a 17-foot jumper that gave the Dragons a 37-21 lead with 1:30 to play in the first half.

MSUM carried a 39-23 lead into halftime, shooting 50 percent (16 of 32) from the floor in the opening 20 minutes. Hintz had 17 points and eight rebounds in the first half, while Sannes added 14 points six rebounds and two blocked shots by halftime.

"I thought (Hintz) and Drew Sannes played really well," Nelson said.

The Dragons remained in first place in the North Division, one game ahead of Northern State. MSUM plays its next four conference games on the road.

"Still our best is yet to come," Hintz said. "We were a little lackadaisical this weekend so hopefully we can freshen up mentally and come out strong next weekend."

USF 7 23 37 58

MSUM 20 39 53 69

USF (13-7, 10-6 NSIC): Thramer 4-14 2-3 10, Hummel 6-18 0-0 17, Szymanski 3-9 1-2 8, Huinker 6-8 0-0 12, Duffy 1-6 1-2 3, Mataloni 1-3 0-0 3, Volesky 0-0 0-0 0, Sanders 1-4 0-0 3, Smitsdorff 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 23-66 4-7 58.

MSUM (17-3, 14-2): Thorson 0-5 0-0 0, Fech 3-9 0-1 6, Volkert 3-8 7-10 14, Sannes 8-12 1-1 19, Hintz 9-13 1-2 21, Selensky 0-5 2-2 2, Borowicz 2-4 0-0 4, Galegher 0-0 3-4 3, Green 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-57 14-20 69.

3-point goals: USF 8-24 (Thramer 0-1, Hummel 5-11, Szymanski 1-6, Mataloni 1-2, Sanders 1-4), MSUM 5-21 (Thorson 0-5, Fech 0-1, Volkert 1-3, Sannes 2-4, Hintz 2-3, Selensky 0-3, Borowicz 0-2). Total fouls: USF 17, MSUM 10. Rebounds: USF 32 (Huinker 10), MSUM 47 (Sannes 13). Assists: USF 10 (Thramer 4, Hummel 4), MSUM 10 (Thorson 3). Steals: USF 9 (Thramer 3, Hummel 3), MSUM 0. Turnovers: USF 7 (Thramer 3), MSUM 15 (Volkert 7). A-954.

Eric Peterson
Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.

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