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  • Women's basketball: Wiese joins 1,000-point club, Golden Eagles split

  • Senior center Laurie Tyson needs only ten rebounds to tie and 11 boards to break Kari Score's school record for most rebounds in a career, which currently stands at 572.
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  • Golden Eagle senior guard Brittani Wiese (Albertville, Minn.) became the seventh Golden Eagle women's basketball player to reach the 1,000-point club Saturday as the Golden Eagles split on the weekend with a 66-46 win Friday over Minot State and a 88-66 loss Saturday to Mary.
    "We played really quite well," said UMC head coach Mike Roysland about Friday's win. "We got off to great start and we were able to sustain that for 40 minutes. Saturday I thought we, especially in the second half, lost our mental focus. Friday I was pleased with the balance we had. We came out with energy and we sustained that throughout the course of the game.
    "Friday was our best defensive effort we put forth up to that point," Roysland continued. "Our defense fueled things on the offensive side. The defense made the offense go. I'm very optimistic we're doing some things very well. We got intensity from a lot of different people.
    "Saturday the effort was there but mentally we were a step slow and that worked in reverse," Roysland went on to point out. "Our defense let us down. We had good opportunities offensively but we gave them too many easy ones on the other end and that was the difference in the game."
    Wiese joins all-time scorer Jamie Zelinsky, who is currently a graduate assistant with Mary, along with Karna Plaine, Kari Score, Steph Mayclin, Jess Forsline and Bri Zabel.
    "When you have 1,000-point scorers like Jamie and Brit it means we're getting stability and we're getting kids that are buying into the program," said Roysland. "We're getting some good athletes. All these people have helped lay the foundation for success this year and in the future. It says you can make good things happen at University of Minnesota, Crookston. With that, our program is moving in a good direction. When you have these individual accolades it's a testament to the effort they put into the program.
    "It's a big thing for Brit to come off knee surgery and help lead this team to a good year," continued Roysland. "We're not sitting at where we want to be right now, but we've shown flashes we can play with anyone in the league. We just have to do it consistently."
    Senior center Laurie Tyson needs only ten rebounds to tie and 11 boards to break Kari Score's school record for most rebounds in a career, which currently stands at 572.
    The Golden Eagles are now 4-4 on the season and 1-3 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. They will travel to Moorhead on Jan. 4 to take on the MSU Moorhead Dragons. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m., followed by the UMC men's game at 8 p.m.
    UMC vs. MiSU
    Minnesota, Crookston dominated the first half, shooting 42.4 percent from the field and hitting four three-pointers to get out to a 41-15 advantage at the break. The victory is the first in conference this season for the Golden Eagles.
    Page 2 of 2 - Sophomore guard Ashley Martell (Somerset, Wis.) was the night's standout, scoring the Golden Eagles a total of 15 points while recording two steals and nine rebounds for her team, including shooting 5-of-7 from the field and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Following Martell, Wiese combined for a total of ten points and five rebounds for the Golden Eagles. Sophomore guard Ebony Livingston (Minneapolis, Minn.) added ten points and nine boards while Tyson chipped in eight points and nine boards and freshman forward Katrina Moenkedick (Perham, Minn.) added nine points.
    The Golden Eagles started the game on fire, going on a 15-0 point run in the first five minutes.
    Minot State battled back in the second half, cutting the Golden Eagle lead to just 20. Francesca DeAngelis was the top scorer for Minot State, tallying ten points from the paint and a total of thirteen overall. Lauren Safranski was also a healthy contributor for the Beavers, tallying a total of eight points, one assist and one rebound. Although the Beavers were able to outscore the Golden Eagles 31-25 in the second half, it wasn't enough to recover from the Golden Eagle's explosive first half.
    Mary vs. UMC
    The Marauders shot the lights out of Lysaker Gymnasium, going 34-of-68 for 50 percent and connecting on 10-of-23 for 43.5 percent from beyond the arc.
    UMC went go into halftime with Mary trailing 35-42.
    The Golden Eagles struggled to conjure up anything in the second half as the Marauders dominated at the rim, going on another 14-point run early. Ali Collins was clutch for the Marauders, tallying 18 points from the paint, six steals and totaling 23 points in all. The Golden Eagles were finally able to get on the board again, but could not recover from the Marauders stellar offensive stand.
    McKenzie Foster and Laura Peterson both tallied a total of 15 points each for the Marauders while forward Shanara Clark played a clutch role off the bench for U-Mary scoring 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field. The Golden Eagle offense was outscored by the Marauders 46-29 in the second half.
    Wiese led her team with 20 points and came away with five defensive rebounds for the Golden Eagles. Moenkedick followed Wiese's performance, accumulating 12 points, five rebounds and two steals for her team. Tyson finished the night with six rebounds.
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