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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Women's basketball: Golden Eagles still searching for ‘comfort zone,’ swept on the road

  • The losses extend Minnesota, Crookston's losing streak to five games. It falls to 5-11 on the season and 2-10 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
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  • The Golden Eagles' struggles continued on the road this weekend with losses to Upper Iowa and Winona State. The Peacocks won 91-68 Friday and the Warriors took Saturday's contest 68-41.
     
    The losses extend Minnesota, Crookston's losing streak to five games. It falls to 5-11 on the season and 2-10 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
     
    "Upper Iowa plays real well at home," noted UMC head coach Mike Roysland. "That was a game we were really hoping we could come up with a win. We are struggling to put the ball in the basket. They caught fire, made a lot of really good shots and we were trying to play from behind. We started to do some pressing to speed the game up and we got what we wanted, but they started launching threes."
     
    The effort is there for the Golden Eagles, the consistency and confidence are lacking, though.
     
    "The team is playing hard," said Roysland. "We are having a hard time finding consistency. We have too many players not playing consistent. There are some kids that have lost some confidence. That's what's hurting us right now. Then you start to press.
     
    "We need to find a way to get into a comfort zone," continued Roysland. "We need to look to what's ahead and get back in the groove. There's no better place to do that then at home."
     
    The Golden Eagles will look to snap their losing skid Friday, Jan. 25 at home against Northern State on CYBA Night. The opening tip is set for 6 p.m. On Saturday, rival MSU Moorhead comes to town with a tip set for 4 p.m.

    UMC @ UIU
    Upper Iowa's Whitney Kieffer scored 30 points as the Peacocks upended Minnesota, Crookston 91-68 Friday at Dorman Gymnasium in Fayette, Iowa.
     
    The Golden Eagles were led by 13 points off the bench from freshman Erika McRoberts (F/C, Byron, Minn.). Three other players would finish with double figures as senior guard Brittani Wiese (Albertville, Minn.) tallied 12 points, sophomore guard Ashley Martell (Somerset, Wis.) notched 11 points and freshman forward Katrina Moenkedick (Perham, Minn.) scored ten points. The Golden Eagles would finish the game shooting 24-of-58 for 41.4 percent and were 4-of-11 from three-point land for 36.4 percent. UMC again struggled from the charity stripe going 16-of-28 for 57.1 percent.
     
    Upper Iowa finished the game shooting 54.3 percent from the field and hit 11 three-pointers and shot 42.3 percent for the game. Kieffer was 13-of-19 from the field and 3-of-5 from behind the three-point line. Sam Thrapp added 13 points including three treys while Laura TerHark had four threes and scored 14 points.
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    The Peacocks out-rebounded the Golden Eagles 45-29, led by ten rebounds from Carly Pagel. UMC was paced by senior post Laurie Tyson (Rosemount, Minn.) with six boards.

    UMC vs. WSU
    Winona State went on a 13-0 run in the first half Saturday in Winona, Minn. and defeated the Golden Eagles 68-41. Winona State hit 13 three-pointers in the game, shot 41 percent as a team and 56.5 percent from behind the three-point line. UMC continues a five-game losing streak.
     
    The Golden Eagles were led by six points apiece from Martell, senior forward Carli Bunning (Boone, Iowa) and freshman guard Alexa Thielman (Buffalo, Minn.). UMC finished the game shooting 17-of-59 for 28.8 percent and were 3-of-18 from beyond the arc for 16.7 percent.
     
    Katie Wolff led the Warriors with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting from behind the three-point line. Becca Friestleben hit four three pointers and finished with 12 points, while Marieanna Dulas chipped in ten points on the night.
     
    The Warriors out-rebounded UMC 44-35 on the game led by nine rebounds off the bench from Kate Hartman.

    NSIC Standings
                                      Conf.    O’all
    Augustana                  10-2    14-2
    Concordia-St. Paul        9-3    11-5
    Minnesota State           8-4    12-4
    St. Cloud State            8-4    12-4
    Northern State            8-4    12-4
    Winona State              8-4    14-5
    Wayne State               7-5    11-5
    Mary                          7-5    12-6
    Minnesota Duluth        7-5    10-6
    MSU Moorhead           6-6    9-7
    Sioux Falls                  5-7    8-8
    Minot State                 4-8    8-8
    Page 3 of 3 - Bemidji State              3-9    7-9
    Upper Iowa                 3-9    6-13
    Minnesota, Crookston  2-10    5-11
    Southwest MN State    1-11    2-15
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