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Eric Peterson, Published February 08 2013

Dragons women upset No. 18-ranked Augustana

MOORHEAD – Junior forward Morgan Zabel gives Minnesota State Moorhead head coach Karla Nelson a seasoned option off the bench.

That proved to be a key ingredient Friday night at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.

Zabel scored a career-high 24 points to help lead the Dragons to a 69-60 victory against No. 18-ranked Augustana in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women’s basketball before 1,235 fans.

“When we go to the bench, I can bring off someone with experience who can play at a high level,” Nelson said.

Friday’s contest was the annual “Go Pink with the Dragons” game, which promotes cancer awareness.

The Dragons (13-8, 10-7 NSIC) continued their move up the conference standings, winning six of their past seven games. Augustana (16-5, 12-5) was tied for second place in the league entering Friday’s game.

“I think the most important thing is that we are playing better basketball,” Nelson said. “We have hardly talked about rankings and all that stuff. … I’m really proud of our effort. I felt we had good effort all the way through.”

Zabel made 6 of 10 shots from the field and was a perfect 10-for-10 from the foul line in close to 30 minutes. The 5-foot-10 Zabel, from Northfield, Minn., also grabbed three rebounds.

Zabel has primarily come off the bench this season, making three starts in 21 games. Zabel said she is fine with either role.

AUGUSTANA (16-5, 12-5 NSIC): Ashley 3-8 1-1 8, Schulte 5-10 0-1 11, Nelson 1-6 0-0 2, Tinklenberg 0-1 0-0 0, Feeney 11-22 1-2 25, Nordgaard 0-5 1-2 1, Gullickson 1-1 0-0 2, Koehn 2-10 0-0 5, Bose 0-0 2-2 2, Whitney 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 25-67 5-8 60.

MSUM (13-8, 10-7): Thomforde 2-8 1-2 7, Charette 1-6 0-0 3, Yernatich 4-8 2-4 13, Handevidt 1-4 0-0 2, M. Strese 4-11 4-4 12, Roehrich 1-2 2-3 4, Noreen 0-0 0-0 0, Miller 1-2 0-0 2, Zabel 6-11 10-10 24, H. Strese 1-2 0-1 2. Totals 21-54 19-24 69.

Half: MSUM 32, AC 17. 3-point goals: AC 5-26 (Ashley 1-3, Schulte 1-6, Nelson 0-2, Tinklenberg 0-1, Feeney 2-6, Nordgaard 0-2, Koehn 1-6), MSUM 8-16 (Thomforde 1-2, Charette 1-3, Yernatich 3-5, Handevidt 0-1, Zabel 2-4). Total fouls: AC 21, MSUM 17. Fouled out: Charette. Rebounds: AC 43 (Feeney 7), MSUM 38 (M. Strese 15). Assists: AC 11 (four players with 2), MSUM 11 (Thomforde 3, Yernatich 3). Steals: AC 4 (Feeney 2), MSUM 6 (M. Strese 2). Turnovers: AC 15 (Schulte 3, Nordgaard 3), MSUM 14 (M. Strese 4). A-1,235.


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