No. 21 Tech tops No. 19 MSU-Moorhead

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Michigan Tech women’s basketball team recorded another road victory to start the 2017-18 season, this time defeating No. 19 Minnesota State Moorhead Thursday night 66-53. The Huskies took a 33-27 lead with an 8-0 run to end the second quarter and then outscored the Dragons by six in the third quarter on their way to the victory.

“Obviously we were thrilled to be able to come in and get a win against another good team on their home floor,” Michigan Tech coach Kim Cameron said. “We challenged our team to be able to step up and they did. One thing that stands out is that Hannah Stoll has had back to back games where she has guarded and shut down a conference player of the year. I thought that was a huge part of what we did tonight in taking away Sannes. We are growing and learning each game and I’m really happy for our players.”

The win at No. 19 MSU-Moorhead Thursday night was the first over a WBCA NCAA Division II Top 25 ranked team by the Huskies since Dec. 13, 2014. That day Tech prevailed over No. 8 Wayne State 68-55.

In the fourth period, MSU-Moorhead cut the gap to seven points on a couple of occasions, but each time the Huskies had an answer. Michelle LaFave came up big for Tech down the stretch with three straight field goals in the final two minutes to keep the Dragons from engineering a bigger run to get into striking distance.

Lindsay Winter guided the Huskies in both points and rebounds again Thursday night with 20 points and nine boards. Winter closed the night 8 of 13 from the field and 4 of 5 from behind 3. She is averaging 18.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game through the first three contests of 2017-18.

LaFave followed with a career-high 14 points and Kelliher connected on 6 of 11 shots from the field on her way to 12 points. Heise chipped in eight points, grabbed four rebounds, blocked two shots, and had two steals. Stoll finished with seven points and created havoc for the Dragons offense with her performance on defense. Guy led the Huskies in assists with five and picked up seven rebounds.

As a team, Tech was 29 of 60 from the field (48.3 percent), 7 of 17 from three-point range (41.2 percent), and 1 for 4 at the free-throw line (25 percent). The Huskies outscored MSU-Moorhead in every quarter and controlled the paint with a 26-18 edge in points in the paint.

Megan Hintz led the Dragons with 20 points and five rebounds followed by Jacky Volkert with 14 points. Sannes reeled in a game-high 11 rebounds but was limited offensively to just six points.

The Huskies will be back on the court Friday night when they travel to Minnesota-Crookston for another non-conference contest. The tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST.