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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Women's basketball: Golden Eagles win both games at Thanksgiving Classic

  • The Golden Eagle women's basketball team grabbed a pair of victories at the Grand Canyon University Thanksgiving Classic in Phoenix, Ariz., including a 69-61 win over Fort Lewis College Friday and a 84-49 win over Western New Mexico Saturday.
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  • The Golden Eagle women's basketball team grabbed a pair of victories at the Grand Canyon University Thanksgiving Classic in Phoenix, Ariz., including a 69-61 win over Fort Lewis College Friday and a 84-49 win over Western New Mexico Saturday.
     
    Senior point guard Brittani Wiese and sophomore guard Ashley Martell led the Golden Eagles in scoring Friday with 13 points each. Freshman guard Alexa Thielman led UMC with 13 points Saturday and had nine on Friday.
     
    Minnesota, Crookston improves to 3-1 on the season. It will begin Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play Saturday on the road against Bemidji State.
     
    UMC vs. FLC
    The Golden Eagles shot 27-of-62 for 43.5 percent. UMC was led for the third-straight game by Wiese, who had 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field including going 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Ashley Martell also added 13 points and had 3 three-pointers for a team that hit six threes for the game. Freshman forward Katrina Moenkedick came off the bench to score 12 points while Thielman chipped in with nine points.
     
    UMC out-rebounded Fort Lewis 45 to 34. Senior center Laurie Tyson led the team with 13 rebounds.
     
    The Skyhawks were paced by 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting from 6-1 forward Christie Groh. Guard Ashley Kuchar added 18. The Skyhawks shot 38.1 percent from the field and were 5-of-19 from three-point range for 26.3 percent. Groh led Fort Lewis on the boards with nine.
     
    UMC went into the break knotted at 32 with Fort Lewis. The Skyhawks out-shot the Golden Eagles in the first half as they connected on 46.4 percent of their shots compared to only 38.7 percent for UMC. Groh led Fort Lewis in the first half with 12 points while Martell paced the Golden Eagles with eight. Wiese added seven for UMC in the first frame.
     
    UMC vs. WNM
    UMC hit 11 threes as they dominated Western New Mexico Saturday afternoon. The 35-point victory is the biggest win margin by the Golden Eagles since upending Mayville State 87-51 November 18, 2011. The 84 points is the second-most by UMC this season as they tallied 85 versus Mayville State November 15.
     
    The Golden Eagles had a well-balanced attack that saw 13 of 14 players that appeared Saturday score points. Thielman became the first person other than Wiese to lead UMC in scoring this season as she had 13 points with all of her field goals coming from three-point range as she connected on 3-of-5 shots from beyond the arc. She was also 4-of-5 from the charity stripe. Martell tallied double-figure scoring for the fourth time this season as she had 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field including two three-pointers. The Golden Eagles were on fire from beyond the arc as a team as they connected on 11 treys out of 22 attempts for 50 percent. The school record was 14 against Northern State in 2000 and Dickinson State in 2010.
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    In addition to Thielman and Martell, sophomore guard Cienna Walker scored a season-high nine points while Wiese added eight and freshman forward Erika McRoberts chipped in seven. The Golden Eagles finished the game shooting 32-of-68 from the field for 47.1 percent. They out-rebounded the Mustangs 52 to 43 led by eight rebounds from senior forward Carli Bunning.
     
    Western New Mexico, a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC), was led by eight points from guard Kassie Scott. The Mustangs shot 17-of-66 for 25.8 percent from the field and were 6-of-29 from beyond the arc for 20.7 percent.
     
    The Golden Eagles controlled the game from the on-set as they went into the break with a 44-23 lead over Western New Mexico. They outscored the Mustangs 40-26 in the second half to hold on to the win. UMC shot 50 percent from the field in the opening period and 61.5 percent from behind the three-point line which included eight three-pointers.

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