SIOUX FALLS – Sarah Grow had a go-ahead three-point play with 1 minute, 18 seconds left, and Minnesota Duluth beat Minnesota State Moorhead 52-48 to win the NSIC women’s basketball championship game Monday and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II tournament.
Grow’s basket and free throw resulted in the eighth lead change of the fourth quarter. Brooke Olson hit a three-pointer to give UMD a two-point lead 2:05 to play, but Kiley Borowicz responded with a three at the other end for MSU Moorhead.
After Grow’s final basket, the Dragons missed their final two shot attempts. Grow hit two free throws with a second left as Minnesota Duluth clinched its first NSIC tournament championship since 2004.
Grow finished with 17 points and was named NSIC tournament MVP. Brooke Olson added 10 points for UMD (23-6). Megan Hintz scored 16 points for the Dragons (26-6), the NSIC regular-season champion.
Northern State 72, Southwest Minnesota State 68: Ian Smith scored 14 points and the Wolves (26-6) won the NSIC tournament championship by holding off the Mustangs (18-14). Ryan Bruggeman scored 33 points for Southwest Minnesota State.