Dragons sophomore guard joins her mom in program's record book

Minnesota State Moorhead sophomore Kiley Borowicz leads the Dragons in scoring this season with 14.4 points per game.
Minnesota State Moorhead sophomore Kiley Borowicz leads the Dragons in scoring, averaging 14.4 points per game. David Samson / The Forum

MOORHEAD — Tracy (Safranski) Borowicz has her name listed in the Minnesota State Moorhead women’s basketball record book for free-throw proficiency.

She holds the single game mark for free-throw percentage in a game, sinking 14 of 14 foul shots against Wayne State in 1996. Now she has family company.

Last Saturday, Kiley Borowicz, Tracy’s oldest daughter, sank nine 3-pointers and scored a career-high 37 points in a home victory against Augustana. Kiley set a new program record for 3-pointers made in a game.

“That’s been her forte,” Tracy said of Kiley. “When she’s hot, she’s hot.”

A sophomore guard, Kiley leads the Dragons in scoring with 14.4 points per game. Her scoring outburst against Augustana was one point shy of the school record for points in a game. Renee Olson scored 38 points for the Dragons in 1994.

MSUM is in first place in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and the only unbeaten team in league play. The Dragons (16-2, 12-0 NSIC) have won 14 consecutive games entering Friday's game at Minnesota-Duluth.

MSUM head coach Karla Nelson also helped coach Tracy during her years with the Dragons. Nelson was an assistant coach in the program. Tracy played for the Dragons during the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons. Tracy was the team's most valuable player in 1995-96.

“(Nelson) does always bring up how my mom was a better free-throw shooter," Kiley said with a laugh. "She (my mom) probably was.”

Tracy was bummed she wasn’t there for Kiley’s big game against Augustana. She was in Roseau that day, watching her two sons play in a tournament. However, Tracy did get to watch Kiley.

“It was frustrating because we weren’t there on Saturday,” Tracy said. “We were watching on TV, so I was like jumping around.”

Kiley's 37-point game capped a notable weekend for the Borowicz family. Kacie Borowicz, Kiley's younger sister, scored the 3,000th point of her high school career on Friday night during a home win for the Roseau Rams.

David Borowicz, Kiley's father, Tracy and the rest of the family watched Kacie reach 3,000 points. Katie Borowicz, the younger sister of Kiley and Kacie, also plays for Roseau.

“What an awesome experience for those parents," Nelson said of the big basketball weekend.

Kacie is a senior who has committed to play women's basketball at the University of North Dakota (where David played football from 1993-96). Katie is a sophomore who has received interest from Minnesota, Wisconsin, UND, North Dakota State, South Dakota State and South Dakota, Tracy said.

Kiley was bummed that she couldn't be there to watch Kacie reach 3,000 points. The game was initially scheduled for Thursday and then moved to Friday. Kiley planned on going to the game if it had remained on Thursday.

“I was pretty upset that the game got changed to Friday," Kiley said. “That was pretty special for our family, especially our parents. They were pretty proud.”

Kiley scored 3,225 points during her prep career at Roseau. She's proud that her two younger sisters continue to excel at a high level.

“I came here (MSUM), Kacie is going to UND and my younger sister, Katie, is probably going like ... I hope she goes to the Gophers," Kiley said with a smile. “The next one is better and better. We’re all better at different things. To see us all succeed is pretty special.”

Nelson said she can relate to Kiley, since she has a similar background. Nelson was a 1,000-point scorer for Erskine (Minn.) High School before a successful playing career at UND.

“We’re both small-town Minnesota girls," Nelson said.

Nelson said Kiley has grown and matured as a player during her second year in the program. Kiley has found ways to help the team on nights when her shooting touch isn't flowing like last Saturday.

“I think the more she matures, the better she’s going to be," Nelson said. “I think she’s a top-notch kid. She takes responsibility for things. ... That’s the trick to becoming the best player you can be. When you are not feeling it, how can you be relevant.”

Kiley leads the Dragons with 1.7 steals per game through 18 games. She is also averaging 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Kiley said her goal is to be a well-rounded player.

“I need to do other things to feel like I’m doing something out there, otherwise I feel useless," Kiley said. “I do anything I can to help the team, besides scoring, if I don’t need to.”