(MSUM Athletics) – The Minnesota State University Moorhead women’s basketball team opens NCAA tournament play on Friday, March 15 against Minnesota Duluth. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Central time in Hays, Kan. MSUM is the five seed in the Central Region while UMD is the fourth seed.

MSUM is 26-6 on the year and won the NSIC regular season title for a third straight year and the NSIC North title for a fourth straight year. The Bulldogs, the NSIC tournament champions, are 23-6.

Live stats, video and audio can be found at msumdragons.com.  There will be a viewing party of the game for Dragon fans at Buffalo Wild Wings in Moorhead at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

MSUM will meet UMD for a fourth time in 2018-19 and 90th time overall with the Bulldogs leading the series 53-36. Each team won at home during the regular season by double digits; UMD won 52-48 in the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament final on March 5.

Junior forward Megan Hintz leads MSUM at 15.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game while sophomore guard Kiley Borowicz averages 14.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Senior guard Jacky Volkert averages 12.5 points and 4.9 assists per game.

As a team MSUM scores 68.8 points per game and shoots 41.5 percent from the field. The Dragons outrebound their foes 40.8-32.2 and allow 59.2 points per game.

Karla Nelson is in her 19th season as the MSUM head coach with a record of 351-194 at the school. Nelson is the second-longest tenured head coach in the NSIC.

Previous MSUM NCAA tournament appearances
2017-18: Central Missouri 66, MSU Moorhead 49 (1st round)
2016-17: Central Missouri 56, MSU Moorhead 45 (1st)
2008-09: MSU Moorhead 67, Nebraska-Kearney 54 (1st)
Minnesota State  59, MSU Moorhead 39 (2nd)
2006-07: North Dakota 98, MSU Moorhead 66 (1st)
2004-05: St. Cloud State 79, MSU Moorhead 57 (1st)