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Eric Peterson, Published January 18 2013

Dragons women end losing streak against Sioux Falls

MOORHEAD – The indicators have been there for Kaycee Charette to have a breakout game.

The payoff came Friday night at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.

The senior poured in a season-high 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds. That effort lifted Minnesota State Moorhead to a 73-65 victory against the University of Sioux Falls in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women’s basketball.

“She’s played with a lot of energy the last month,” Dragons head coach Karla Nelson said. “It just really hasn’t shown in the box score as far as scoring is concerned. … She’s pretty much been all over the floor.”

The Dragons (8-7, 5-6 NSIC) ended a three-game losing streak with the victory.

“We needed to get a win, so we needed to pull together,” said Charette, who is from Prescott, Wis.

Charette shot 78 percent (7 of 9) from the field, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range. The 5-foot-11 guard scored 10 points in each half and was 4-for-4 from the floor after halftime.

“She’s prone to do this where she feels it and she can hit some shots and some big shots for us,” Nelson said. “It was nice to see. It makes us a better basketball team.”

The Dragons vaulted into the lead for good with a 17-1 run, which included 13 consecutive points and ended late in the first half. Charette scored six points during that momentum-shifting stretch. She scored four of those points in transition. Freshman forward Leah Miller capped the surge with an inside basket that gave MSUM a 34-23 lead with 1 minute, 20 seconds to play in the opening half. The Dragons took a 34-26 lead into halftime.

“We were running the floor and pushing the ball in transition. I think that helps a lot,” said Charette, whose career high is 25 points.

The Dragons shot 50 percent (13 of 26) from the floor in the second half and 43 percent (24 of 56) for the game. MSUM hadn’t won since Jan. 5 when it scored a 75-55 home victory against Bemidji State.

“It’s amazing when you hit shots and you move a little bit better on offense, it seems like everything is a little bit better,” Nelson said. “I thought we played with a little bit more poise tonight.”

Haley Thomforde also had a solid all-around game for the Dragons. The 5-8 junior point guard finished with nine points, eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals.

“I thought we played really well as a team,” Charette said. “We got the ball to the open person. We weren’t selfish.”

SIOUX FALLS (8-7, 5-6 NSIC): Aggen 2-5 2-2 8, Rushton 4-7 0-0 10, Strassburg 2-6 2-3 7, Johnson 2-6 1-2 5, Paden 0-5 3-4 3, Malloy 2-4 0-0 4, Ulmer 2-9 3-4 7, Bouman 3-6 0-0 9, Molden 2-4 2-2 8, Hoff 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 21-57 13-17 65.

MSUM (8-7, 5-6): Thomforde 4-11 0-3 9, Charette 7-9 3-4 20, Yernatich 4-15 0-0 9, Handevidt 0-1 0-0 0, M. Strese 4-9 6-9 14, Roehrich 0-1 0-0 0, Noreen 0-1 0-0 0, Miller 2-2 2-2 6, Zabel 3-7 8-9 15, H. Strese 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-56 19-27 73.

Half: MSUM 34, USF 26. 3-point goals: USF 10-21 (Aggen 2-4, Rushton 2-4, Strassburg 1-3, Johnson 0-2, Ulmer 0-1, Bouman 3-5, Molden 2-2), MSUM 6-21 (Thomforde 1-4, Charette 3-4, Yernatich 1-9, Zabel 1-4). Total fouls: USF 22, MSUM 16. Rebounds: USF 34 (Johnson 8), MSUM 43 (Thomforde 8). Assists: USF 11 (Aggen 3), MSUM 15 (Thomforde 8). Steals: USF 7 (Ulmer 3), MSUM 6 (Thomforde 3). Turnovers: USF 13 (Paden 3), MSUM 13 (Charette 4). A-796.


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