Moorhead rallies on Tech women

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The No. 21-ranked Michigan Tech women’s basketball team surrendered a late lead on Saturday and fell 68-63 to Minnesota State Moorhead in its second game at the Radisson Roseville Classic on the campus of Concordia-St. Paul. Kylie Moxley and Danielle Blake were named to the all-tournament team.

Tech (1-1) led by nine (57-49) with 6:28 left in the game before the Dragons scored 12 straight points to take a 61-57 lead with 3:33 left.

Mackenzie Perttu stopped the bleeding for the Huskies on a layup with 3:11 left and Moxley added a free throw to cut the lead to one (61-60) with 2:05 remaining.

Moorhead (3-0) made a 3-pointer and a layup before Kelcey Traynoff buried a 3-pointer to make it a one-possession game at 66-63 with only five ticks left.

Morgan Zabel put the game out of reach with three seconds left, making a pair of free throws.

“We had our chances to take significant leads and just couldn’t put it all together,” Tech coach Kim Cameron said. “Timely turnovers and second half defense were critical.”

Tech led by as many as 15 in the first half after a 3-pointer by Paige Albi gave the Huskies a 26-11 lead with 8:28 on the clock. Moorhead chipped away at the margin and got it down to 34-29 at halftime.

“Kylie was so good for us all weekend,” said Cameron. “She was a dominant inside presence and we needed to be able to get her the basketball more.”

Moxley finished with 15 points on 6-for-6 shooting from the field and 3-for-4 from the free throw line. Danielle Blake also had 15 points and tied a game-high with eight rebounds. Perttu added nine points, five assists and four rebounds while Albi contributed eight points and seven rebounds.

Tech shot 42 percent (23-of-55) from the floor and made 11-of-13 (85 percent) free throws. The Huskies made 6-of-17 from beyond the arc and were out rebounded by one (33-32).

Zabel had a game-high 18 points. Meghan Roehrich (13) and Megan Strese (10) were also in double figures for the Dragons.

Moorhead shot 46 percent (24-of-52) from the field and 71 percent (17-of-24) from the charity stripe.

“Our young players had some significant experiences this weekend with the level of play, and two situations where it came down to the last minute of the game,” Cameron said. “This weekend will help us get better.”

The Huskies are back in action for their home opener on Nov. 23, hosting Minnesota Duluth at the SDC Gym.