Borowicz, Hintz spark Dragons to home victory against Minot State

The Minnesota State Moorhead women's basketball team defeated Minot State to remain in first place in the North Division of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Megan Hintz of Minnesota State Moorhead performs a layup against Minot State during their basketball game Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Moorhead.
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Megan Hintz of Minnesota State Moorhead performs a layup against Minot State during their basketball game Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Moorhead. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo EditorMichael Vosburg

MOORHEAD - Kiley Borowicz had a career night and Megan Hintz was the model of offensive efficiency.

That double jolt helped fuel Minnesota State Moorhead to a 90-65 victory against Minot State on Saturday in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women's basketball at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.

Borowicz finished with a career-high 27 points, including five 3-pointers. Hintz ended with 18 points on 7-for-7 shooting from the field and 4-for-4 shooting from the foul line. The 6-foot-2 Hintz also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.

"We're feeling pretty good and we still have things to improve on," Hintz said. "We're just scratching the surface."

The Dragons (9-2, 5-0 NSIC) have won seven consecutive games and are in first place in the North Division.

Borowicz erupted for 20 points in the first half on 8-for-11 shooting from the floor. She also made 4 of 6 shots from 3-point range. The 5-foot-8 sophomore drained an 18-foot jump shot that gave the Dragons a 42-40 lead with 2 seconds to play until halftime.

"I didn't really think of anything, I just went up and shot," Borowicz said of her strong first half.

"Kiley went off," Hintz added. "That was key. She kept us in the game the first half."

The Dragons started the second half on a 13-3 run to push their lead into double digits. Senior guard Jacky Volkert sparked that scoring surge with a 3-pointer from the wing. Borowicz capped the flurry by scoring on a drive into the lane, staking MSUM to a 55-43 lead with 4 minutes, 55 seconds to play in the third quarter.

"I think our defense needs to get a little bit better," Hintz said. "We were able to adjust and kind of fix some things there."

The Dragons limited Minot State to 25 points in the second half. MSUM outscored the Beavers by 23 points over the final two quarters. Hintz scored 10 points in the second half to help lead that charge.

MSUM shot 56 percent (36 of 64) from the field for the game.

The Dragons finished with 11 offensive rebounds that led to 12 second-chance points. Eight of those second-chance points came in the second half. MSUM freshman center Peyton Boom, from Barnesville, Minn., finished with six offensive rebounds and added 12 points. The Dragons had five different players score in double digits.

"Peyton Boom, she's an animal out there," Hintz said.



Minot 16 40 54 65

MSUM 18 42 66 90

MINOT STATE (5-6, 0-5 NSIC): Wald 6-12 2-2 17, Payne 3-10 0-0 8, Clements 5-8 Molina 1-1 0-0 2, Strand 3-7 0-0 6, Delsman 1-4 0-0 2, Sanchez 0-0 0-0 0, Hildenbrand 5-6 0-2 10, Reed 3-4 0-0 8, Deaton 0-1 0-0 0, Wilkinson 0-0 0-0 0, Rizzari 0-0 0-0 0, Counts 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-53 2-4 65.

MSUM (9-2, 5-0): Fech 6-8 0-0 13, Volkert 5-14 0-0 13, Borowicz 11-20 0-0 27, Green 2-2 0-0 5, Hintz 7-7 4-4 18, Steichen 0-2 0-0 0, Schlader 0-0 0-0 0, Boom 5-7 1-1 12, Herbranson 0-2 0-0 0, Liegel 0-2 0-0 0, Brown 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 36-64 7-7 90.

3-point goals: Minot 9-16 (Wald 3-6, Payne 2-4, Clements 2-3, Delsman 0-1, Reed 2-2), MSUM 11-29 (Fech 1-2, Volkert 3-10, Borowicz 5-11, Green 1-1, Steichen 0-1, Boom 1-2, Herbranson 0-1, Liegel 0-1). Total fouls: Minot 17, MSUM 10. Technical foul: Borowicz. Rebounds: Minot 22 (Payne 4), MSUM 33 (Hintz 12). Assists: Minot 16 (Clements 6), MSUM 25 (Volkert 7). Turnovers: Minot 16 (Clements 4), MSUM 8 (Borowicz 4).