The Golden Eagles faced the top two teams in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference on the road this weekend and came away empty handed.
Concordia-St. Paul, the league leader at 17-5 overall and 15-3 in the NSIC, beat Minnesota, Crookston 69-44 Friday and Minnesota State won Saturday's contest in Mankato 85-78.
Minnesota, Crookston falls to 7-15 overall and 4-14 in the NSIC. It will go back on the road next weekend with game against Mary and Minot State.
UMC @ C-SP
The Golden Bears raced out to an early 16-4 lead against the Golden Eagles Friday night and didn’t look back.
The Golden Eagle starting line-up was held in check by the Golden Bear defense as the UMC starters scored only 23 points. This included reigning NSIC Player of the Week Brittani Wiese (Sr., G, Albertville, Minn.), who was held to only four points while second-leading scorer Katrina Moenkedick (Fr., F, Perham, Minn.), who was averaging nearly ten points per game coming into Friday, was held scoreless.
The Golden Eagles did get production from their bench as freshman guard Christine Thorn (St. Michael, Minn.) scored a career high nine points with three threes. Fellow freshman Erika McRoberts (F/C, Byron, Minn.) also added nine points. Starting guard Ashley Martell (So., Somerset, Wis.) added eight points while Jaya Perkins (R-Fr., G, Lakeville, Minn.) had a productive night with seven points and seven rebounds. UMC finished the night shooting 19-of-61 for 31.1 percent and 5-of-17 from three-point range for 29.4 percent. Concordia-St. Paul out-rebounded the Golden Eagles 50-35 on the night.
The Golden Bears were paced by Anika Whiting’s double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Point guard Rachel Hansen chipped in 16 points, six rebounds and seven assists while Amanda Barton came off the bench for 13 points. Concordia was 22-of-60 for 36.7 percent and 7-of-22 from three for 31.8 percent.
UMC @ MSU
Minnesota, Crookston mounted an impressive comeback bid that saw them cut a 23-point Minnesota State lead to only five points with 1:40 remaining but the Mavericks would hang on for seven-point win.
Down 61-38 with 12:50 left in the second half, the Golden Eagles would out-score the Mavericks 32-14 over the next 11 minutes to cut Minnesota State’s advantage to five around the two-minute mark. UMC was led on the night by their seniors. Laurie Tyson finished with 15 points and eight points while Wiese added 17 points on 6-of-16 shooting from the field. Senior Carli Bunning (F, Boone, Iowa) also provided a spark in the second half, scoring six points and grabbing four rebounds off the bench. In addition, Martell added 14 points including four three-pointers.
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The Golden Eagles shot 27-of-61 for 44.3 percent from the field and were 6-of-17 for 36.3 percent from three-point range. UMC out-rebounded Minnesota State 26-23 led by Tyson’s eight rebounds.
The Mavericks were paced by Ali Wilkinson’s 25 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field. Wilkinson was also 8-of-9 from the charity stripe. Minnesota State shot 29-of-64 for 45.3 percent and were 6-of-27 for 22.2 percent from beyond the arch.