The Golden Eagles fall to 3-2 on the season and start Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) play 0-1.
The U of M, Crookston had a six-game winning streak over Bemidji State snapped Saturday afternoon as they fell 74-66 at BSU Gymnasium in Bemidji.
UMC struggled to find the basket in the second half after an offensive barrage by both teams in the opening period. The Golden Eagles fall to 3-2 on the season and start Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) play 0-1. Bemidji State remains unbeaten on the season with a 5-0 mark and improve to 1-0 on the year in the league play.
UMC was led by senior Brittani Wiese (G, Albertville, Minn.) with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting and added six rebounds. Sophomore Ashley Martell (G, Somerset, Wis.) added 13 points including three three-pointers while senior Laurie Tyson (C, Rosemount, Minn.) and freshman Jaya Perkins (G, Lakeville, Minn.) each added 12 points. Tyson also had six rebounds.
The Golden Eagles shot 44.1 percent from the field in the first half but struggled in the second half as they finished the game shooting 22-of-61 for 36.1 percent. UMC was 6-of-20 from beyond the arch and struggled from the free-throw line as they were 16-of-26 for 61.5 percent.
Bemidji State was paced by East Grand Forks product, a junior center, Kate Warmack, who had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. The Beavers would end up with 43 points off the bench led by Ellie Wessling, who tallied a team-high 16 points on the game on 5-of-8 shooting. Lanae Rash chipped in 14 points and had eight rebounds while senior guard Shannon Thompson added 13 points, five assists and four steals. The Beavers shot 28-of-64 for the game for 43.8 percent and were 2-of-12 from beyond the arc for 16.7 percent. BSU was very successful from the charity stripe as they were 16-of-17 for 94.1 percent.
Bemidji State went into the break with a 44-41 advantage over UMC.
The Golden Eagles were out-rebounded 21 to 19 in the opening half by the Beavers. Martell paced the Golden Eagles on the boards with four rebounds.
Bemidji State got out to an eight point lead early in the second half guided by six early points by Wessling but the Golden Eagles quickly charged back using back-to-back three-pointers from Jacy Christenson and Martell to cut the advantage to five points (58-53) with 12:59 remaining. The two teams then traded baskets to make it 60-55. Wiese then converted a jumper with time running out on the shot clock to cut it to 60-57 with under nine minutes left in the second period. Wiese used two free throws to cut the lead to one with 7:18 left.
Minnesota, Crookston would come as close as one point and keep the deficit under ten the rest of the way but couldn’t overcome the Beavers.
The Golden Eagles will return to NSIC play next weekend as they head to Minnesota Duluth Friday and then St. Cloud State Saturday.