The Golden Eagles earned their first weekend sweep of the season, snapping a seven-game losing streak in the process by defeating Sioux Falls 76-59 Friday night and Southwest Minnesota State 76-72 in overtime Saturday night in Crookston.
Golden Eagle senior Brittani Wiese (G, Albertville, Minn) posted 42 points on the weekend.
The victories improved Minnesota, Crookston to 7-13 on the season and 4-12 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
They will travel to St. Paul and Mankato next weekend to face Concordia-St. Paul and Minnesota State.
UMC vs. USF
The Golden Eagles came out on top after a dominant beginning to the second half in which they shot 50 percent from the field. The win is the first for UMC since defeating Northern State on Jan. 5.
Wiese led the Golden Eagles in scoring with 18 points, as well as in rebounding with nine boards in the game. Freshman Katrina Moenkedick (F, Perham, Minn) and redshirt freshman Jaya Perkins (G, Lakeville, Minn) each added eight rebounds as UMC out-rebounded USF 47-34, bringing the Golden Eagle’s record to 5-1 when they win the rebound battle. Sophomore Ashley Martell (G, Somerset, Wis) added 12 points to help add to the 52 scored by the UMC starters.
Sioux Falls was led by Jaicee Ulmer with 11 points off the bench. Laura Johnson added eight points and four rebounds for the Cougars. Mikenna Greathouse added 10 points off the bench as the Cougars’ reserves would finish with 33 points.
UMC vs. SMSU
The UMC starting five carried the load for the Golden Eagles, scoring 61 of the teams’ points. And Wiese led the charge with 24 points, nine of them coming in overtime. Senior center Laurie Tyson (Rosemount, Minn) pulled in 11 rebounds and added four steals, and Moenkedick scored 13 points. UMC shot 50.9% (29-57) from the field in the game, including 71.4% (5-7) in OT.
UMC came out strong in the extra period, making their first four shots from the field. Moenkedick and sophomore Ebony Livingston (G, Minneapolis, Minn.) started the scoring, making a shot from the field each to give the Golden Eagles a 67-66 lead with 3:52 left. Wiese would take over from there by first hitting a three-pointer, only to be answered by SMSU’s Mikayla Saathoff with a three, giving SMSU a 72-70 lead with 2:50 remaining. The Mustangs wouldn't score for the remainder of the game.
Wiese countered by driving the lane for two to bring the score back to even. After a steal by Tyson, Wiese missed the only shot of the half for the Golden Eagles but got her own rebound before giving UMC the lead with a jumper with 1:32 left. The final points for UMC came when Wiese went to the free-throw line with 13 seconds left, making both to put the game away and bring the final score to 76-72.
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The Mustangs were led by Alison Nagel with 19 points on the game. Bonlander added eight rebounds and nine points while Ellen Degler scored 12 points off the bench. Rolling finished with 10 points and two rebounds for SMSU.