MOORHEAD — Minnesota State Moorhead junior Sarah Jacobson saved her best offensive stuff for the closing moments Thursday night at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.

Jacobson scored all 10 of her points in the final five minutes to help the No. 12-ranked Dragons rally for a 73-65 victory against Northern State in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women's basketball opener for both teams.

"When look at the game as a whole, it was ugly, but we didn't quit," Dragons head coach Karla Nelson said. "We showed a lot of grit against a team that was playing pretty well against us."

The Dragons (5-0, 1-0 NSIC) remained unbeaten after trailing Northern State (2-3, 0-1) by as many as 15 points in the third quarter. MSUM scored 28 points in the final quarter to rally past the Wolves.

"I think it's good to hit a little bit of adversity right away," said Jacobson, who transferred from North Dakota State during the offseason.

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Northern State took a 63-58 lead after junior guard Avery Terwilliger hit a 3-pointer from the wing with 5 minutes, 12 seconds to play in the fourth quarter. The Dragons countered with the next 12 points to surge into the lead for good. The 5-foot-8 guard scored eight points during that game-deciding stretch.

Jacobson started the run with a 3-pointer from the wing, cutting the Wolves lead to 63-61 with 4:39 to play in the fourth quarter. Those were her first points in the game. She capped the run with a 3-pointer that gave MSUM a 70-63 lead with 1:22 remaining.

"I think that gave us a little wiggle room," Jacobson said. "I think it calmed us down a little bit."

Jacobson added two free throws in the final 30 seconds to cap her late scoring burst. The Dragons trailed 54-45 entering the fourth quarter, but had a 12-2 and 12-0 run in the final 10 minutes to outscore Northern State by 17 points in final quarter.

"We trust each other," Jacobson said. "It was definitely a team effort that got us back in it."

Norther State took a 25-14 lead after junior guard Shariah Smith sank a 3-pointer with 7:20 to play in the second quarter. The Wolves closed the first quarter on a 15-4 run to help build that early second-quarter lead.

The Dragons countered with an 11-3 run to cut into the Northern State lead. Freshman guard Katie Tornstrom scored the first five points during that surge, including a 3-pointer from the wing. Peyton Boom capped the rally with two free throws that sliced the Northern State lead to 30-28 with 1:26 remaining in the opening half.

Tornstrom led the Dragons with 17 points off the bench on 5-for-11 shooting from the field. The 5-foot-10 Tornstrom sank four 3-pointers.

"Hats off to Katie for coming off the bench and hitting some big shots," Jacobson said. "I think that kind of loosened everybody up a little bit."

The Wolves took a 47-32 lead after Kusler drained a 3-point shot with 6:22 to play in the third quarter. The Dragons countered with a 13-2 run to claw back into the game. Tornstrom sank two 3-pointers during that rally.

"In the end, maybe we got the final answer," Nelson said. "All I know is we have to be more engaged. Northern played really well. They did a good job and we hung in there, hung in there, and won the game."

NSU 22 33 54 65

MSUM 11 28 45 73

NSU (2-3, 0-1 NSIC): Wadsworth 6-8 5-7 18, Tvedt 4-10 1-5 9, Smith 4-9 0-0 12, Kusler 5-12 0-0 13, Marti 0-7 0-0 0, Terwilliger 1-2 0-0 3, Oliverson 2-3 1-2 5, Spier 0-1 0-0 0, Harris 1-3 0-0 3, Rithmiller 0-0 0-0 0, Hardwick 1-2 0-0 2, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-58 7-14 65.

MSUM (5-0, 1-0): Hintz 3-5 4-4 10, Green 5-12 2-2 14, Steichen 2-4 4-6 9, Jacobson 3-10 2-4 10, Liegel 2-5 0-0 6, Boom 2-6 2-3 6, Fech 0-3 0-0 0, Tornstrom 5-11 3-4 17, Brown 0-1 1-2 1, McKeever 0-0 0-0 0, Ritchie 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-57 18-25 73.

3-point goals: NSU 10-24 (Wadsworth 1-3, Smith 4-6, Kusler 3-7, Marti 0-3, Terwilliger 1-2, Harris 1-3), MSUM 11-27 (Green 2-5, Steichen 1-2, Jacobson 2-6, Liegel 2-4, Fech 0-2, Tornstrom 4-8). Total fouls: NSU 26, MSUM 15. Fouled out: Smith, Wadsworth. Rebounds: NSU 34 (Kusler 11), MSUM 42 (Hintz 10). Assists: NSU 14 (Kusler 5), MSUM 12 (Hintz 3, Jacobson 3). Turnovers: NSU 12, MSUM 9.