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Eric Peterson, Published February 01 2014

Roehrich helps spark Dragons women to home victory

MOORHEAD – When Minnesota State Moorhead needed a boost Saturday afternoon, sophomore Meghan Roehrich delivered.

Roehrich scored 18 points off the bench to help lift the Dragons to a 79-62 victory against Winona State in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women’s basketball at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.

“I think she has the ability to change the game for us,” Dragons head coach Karla Nelson said of Roehrich.

The Dragons (12-8, 8-8 NSIC) climbed back to a .500 conference record. MSUM has won three of its past four games, including wins in its past two home games.

“We really needed to come out and get two wins this weekend,” said Roehrich, a former Fargo South standout. “That means a lot to us.”

Roehrich scored 13 of her points in the first half to help the Dragons build a 37-32 halftime lead. She had an efficient game, making 5 of 6 shots from the field and 4 of 4 shots from the foul line.

“That’s one part of her game that is really good,” Nelson said. “She is very efficient. She has a very good shooting percentage.”

Winona State cut the Dragons’ lead to 42-41 after junior center Caitie Zepczyk scored a basket in the lane with 15 minutes, 25 seconds remaining in the second half. MSUM countered by scoring 10 of the next 11 points. Roehrich scored five points during that stretch, including a 3-pointer from the right baseline. Senior center Megan Strese capped the rally with two foul shots that gave the Dragons a 52-42 lead with 12:40 remaining.

Roehrich made 4 of 5 shots (80 percent) from 3-point range. The 5-foot-11 guard made the only 3-pointers she attempted in the second half.

“When she knocks that shot down, it kind of breaks you opponent’s back,” Nelson said of Roehrich’s 3-pointers. “That is the way I felt when she hit those shots. That’s hard to come back from.”

Roehrich has reached double figures in scoring 12 times this season, including Saturday’s effort. She credited her teammates with helping her get good looks at the basket.

“I think it’s confidence and my teammates getting me an open shot,” Roehrich said. “I feel like I need to hit it and get them an assist.”

The Dragons never trailed in the second half against Winona State. Dragons senior Morgan Zabel finished with 18 points. Her final two gave her 1,000 points for her career. Strese paced MSUM with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

“It’s huge because every weekend is building to be bigger and bigger,” Nelson said.

WINONA STATE (8-12, 4-12 NSIC): Roelofs 9-14 2-2 23, Andrist 1-5 0-0 2, Nagle 0-4 1-2 1, Busch 5-10 3-4 14, Hartman 2-9 0-0 6, Hocking 0-0 0-0 0, Passint 0-0 0-0 0, Weiland 0-3 3-4 3, Hackmann 3-6 0-0 6, Zepczyk 3-5 1-2 7, Wirth 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-57 10-14 62.

MSUM (12-8, 8-8): Banasik 1-3 2-2 5, Thomforde 2-7 2-2 6, Zabel 6-9 4-4 18, Handevidt 2-8 2-2 6, M. Strese 6-10 8-9 20, Noreen 0-0 0-0 0, Van Wyhe 2-3 1-2 6, Roehrich 5-6 4-4 18, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, H. Strese 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 24-48 23-25 79.

Half: MSUM 37, WSU 32. 3-point goals: WSU 6-21 (Roelofs 3-7, Andrist 0-1, Nagle 0-3, Busch 1-2, Hartman 2-7, Hackmann 0-1), MSUM 8-18 (Banasik 1-3, Thomforde 0-3, Zabel 2-4, Handevidt 0-2, Van Wyhe 1-1, Roehrich 4-5). Total fouls: WSU 21, MSUM 17. Fouled out: Busch. Rebounds: WSU 26 (Hartman 5), MSUM 36 (M. Strese 10). Assists: WSU 8 (Nagle 3), MSUM 14 (Zabel 5). Steals: WSU 7 (Nagle 2, Weiland 2), MSUM 9 (Banasik 3). Turnovers: WSU 11 (Roelofs 4), MSUM 11 (Thomforde 3). A-604.


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