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Swenson, MSUM women open season this weekend

The Minnesota State University Moorhead women's basketball team opens the 2018-19 regular season this week at the Central Region Challenge at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. MSUM will face Arkansas Tech at 1:30 p.m. on Friday and then will face Pittsburg State at 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

MSUM dominated Minnesota Morris 95-44 in an exhibition game on Nov. 2 in Moorhead.

The Dragons were 23-6 last season and won their second straight NSIC regular season title. They also qualified for their second straight NCAA tournament, their fifth in head coach Karla Nelson's tenure.

GRACE SWENSON

MSUM will have to replace 1,000-point scorers Drew Sannes and Cassidy Thorson but returns an experienced nucleus led by senior guard Jacky Volkert, who was an All-NSIC First Team selection last season. Volkert averaged 13.4 points, 5.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game and set a single-season record with 156 assists.

Also returning is junior forward Megan Hintz, who averaged 11.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game last season and led the team with a 57.1 percent field goal percentage.  Sophomore guard Lauren Fech started all 29 games at point guard last season and had 74 assists. Also returning with experience are junior forwards Madi Green and Grace Swenson (Detroit Lakes) and sophomore guards Kiley Borowicz and Brooklyn Liegel.

Karla Nelson is in her 19th season as the MSUM head coach with a record of 325-188 at the school.