UMC falls to 5-8 on the season and 2-7 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. It will host Bemidji State Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Minnesota, Crookston took Wayne State, ranked No. 22 nationally, to the brink Friday but came up short, losing 59-57 in Crookston. The competition got even better Saturday as No. 13 Augustana came to Crookston and handed the Golden Eagles a 93-57 loss.

UMC falls to 5-8 on the season and 2-7 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. It will host Bemidji State Tuesday at 6 p.m.

"It was unfortunate down the stretch we couldn't get a stop and we couldn't make a basket," UMC head coach Mike Roysland said of Friday's narrow loss to Wayne State. "If we match them basket for basket once we got up by five we would've been fine. I felt bad for us that we weren't able to finish the game out like we wanted to. The overall effort was there, no ifs, ands or buts about it.

"We know we can play anybody," continued Roysland. "We didn't play as well the other night, Augustana shot very well and that was a huge difference. We played with St. Cloud, the top team in the conference, early in the season so we've shown flashes we can play with anybody. We just need to find a way to sustain it a little bit longer. We've had some good runs at the end of games but haven't been able to complete the game.  There is promise there."

Freshman Katrina Moenkedick, a Perham product that started her first two games of the season this weekend, posted a season-high 20 points Friday against Wayne State. She is averaging 9.2 points per game. Freshman center Erika McRoberts of Byron, Minn. came off the bench and posted six points Friday and seven on Saturday. She had ten rebounds in the two games too. Freshman Alexa Thielman of Buffalo, Minn. had 20 points in the two games and eight rebounds.

"We had high expectations but we knew it was going to take some time for them to find their way," Roysland said of the talented freshmen. "It will be a rollercoaster for them, but there is a lot of potential there. I had hoped we would get that kind of contribution but realistically we wanted to bring them along in a way that would build their confidence. Right now they're playing like collegiate players and we're not really looking at their age. There is a learning curve and we are now expecting them to play like that. They do some great things but they still make some freshmen mistakes."

Senior point guard Brittani Wiese of Alberville, Minn. was held to five points Friday but added ten on Saturday.

"There is a lot of pressure on Britt to perform really well," said Roysland. "People know she can play and they try to keep her at bay as best as they can. She is understanding she doesn't have to do it all. She needs to play the game and she does not need to feel she has to put us on her back. It's a win-win for her and our team."

Wayne State's Jordan Spencer hit a shot with 2.5 seconds remaining in the game to give the Wildcats the narrow victory. The back and forth game saw eight ties as neither team held a lead of more than 11 at any point.

Moenkedick led a strong performance by the Golden Eagle freshmen with 20 points on 8 of 17 shooting. Fellow freshman Erika McRoberts added six points and seven rebounds, while freshman Alexa Thielman  (G, Buffalo, Minn.) contributed 11 points. The Golden Eagles shot 34.3 percent (23-67) from the field, including 5 of 22 from beyond the arch.

Wayne State out-rebounded UMC 43-39, while the Golden Eagles were led by senior center Laurie Tyson (Rosemount, Minn.), who tallied a game-high nine boards.

The Wildcats were led by Spencer, who tallied 27 points. Ashton Yossi added 16 points for the Wildcats. The Wildcats shot 23 of 56 for 41.1 percent on the night and were 5 of 16 for 31.3 percent from beyond the arch.

UMC vs. Augie
The Vikings benefitted from 12 offensive rebounds in the first half and shot 55.6 percent from the field in the second half to bring the team to a 11-2 (7-2 NSIC) record. The Golden Eagles shot just 25.6 percent from the field in the second half.

Minnesota, Crookston jumped out to an early 10-5 lead, highlighted by a pair of three pointers from Wiese and Thielman. UMC held the lead until the 13:16 mark, but the Vikings went on a 12-2 run over the next four minutes. Augustana tallied 12 offensive rebounds in the opening half to jump out to a 41-28 halftime lead.

Wiese accounted for 10 points and was 2 o 3 from three-point range. Thielman contributed nine points and three rebounds for the Golden Eagles.

The Vikings had a balanced attack with four players scoring in double figures. Faith Tinklenberg led Augustana with 19 points (3-5 from beyond the arch) and grabbed eight rebounds, while Alex Feeney scored 18 points and ten rebounds. Shaunteva Ashley tallied 15 points and Riley Nordgaard came off the bench for 12 to round out Augie's double-figure scorers.