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  • Women's basketball: UMC takes down Huskies, loses to Bulldogs; NSIC Tourney begins Wed.

  • Minnesota, Crookston is now 8-18 on the season and 5-17 in the NSIC. It will be the No. 8 seed in the conference tournament and will travel to St. Paul for the first round Wednesday to face Concordia-St. Paul, who is the top seed in the south.
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  • The Golden Eagles finished their regular season with a split at home, beating St. Cloud State 75-67 Friday and falling to Minnesota Duluth 78-64 Saturday.
    The win against St. Cloud State gave the Golden Eagles confidence heading into the playoffs.
    "I really do think it did," UMC head coach Mike Roysland said. "It showed we can get some things done. We were able to close the game out. The kids did a real nice job getting things done. A lot of kids stepped up at different times. Katrina (Moenkedick) and Ebony (Livingston) came up big for us in the first half. And Jacy Christenson in the second half hit some really big shots."
    Against Minnesota Duluth, Coach Roysland noted one big run late in the first half by the Bulldogs was too much to overcome.
    "Basically, we were up by ten with three minutes left in first half and they went on a 11-0 run to finish the half. They started the second half strong and we did not finish plays. Then we traded baskets from there on out. We did not shoot well enough. Our inconsistencies were on the scoring side of things."
    Minnesota, Crookston is now 8-18 on the season and 5-17 in the NSIC. It will be the No. 8 seed in the conference tournament and will travel to St. Paul for the first round Wednesday to face Concordia-St. Paul, who is the top seed in the south.
    "We'll be looking for as much as we possibly can," coach Roysland said. "We'll be looking for some consistency. It is right there when he can consistently score, we can play with anybody. We might have it from someone one night and someone else the next night. Right now we have a couple to score but I don't know who the next two will be. Concordia has one of best post players in the league no question. We have to put enough pressure on them in the offensive end to score the basketball. If we don't do that on Wednesday we'll be done."
    UMC vs. SCSU
    The Golden Eagles upset St. Cloud State, who leads the NSIC North Division, Friday 75-67 Friday night at Lysaker Grmnasium. UMC was led by freshman forward Katrina Moenkedick (Perham, Minn.), who scored 19 points and pulled in nine rebounds.
    UMC improves to 8-17 on the season and 5-16 in the NSIC, while the Huskies fall to 17-8 overall and 13-8 in the NSIC.
    The first half featured eight lead changes. The Huskies used a strong inside game to score 18 points in the paint in the opening half and jumped out to an early 16-11 lead on the back of eight points from junior Sam Price in the first seven minutes of the half. The Golden Eagle defense forced 17 turnovers in the half, resulting in 17 points off turnovers for UMC.
    Page 2 of 2 - UMC battled back when sophomore guard Ebony Livingston (Minneapolis, Minn.), who finished the game with 13 points, scored eight of her 11 first half points over a two and a half minute span, which included a pair of three pointers to put the Golden Eagles up 29-22. UMC would hold on to the lead until Price put in a layup and drained a three to lead the Huskies to a 40-36 halftime lead.
    The Golden Eagles took back its lead only three minutes into the second half on two Ashley Martell (So., G, Somerset, Wis) free throws. However the Huskies would catch fire over the next four minutes, going on a 12-2 run, highlighted by three straight threes by the Huskies. UMC answered back immediately, though, going on a 10-0 run over the next two minutes and five seconds, highlighted by an Erika McRoberts (Fr., F, Byron, Minn) layup to take a 56-53 lead.
    Golden Eagle senior guard Brittani Wiese (Albertville, Minn.) did not score a point until she put in a layup with 2:28 remaining in the game to bring the Golden Eagle lead to 71-67. Wiese went on the score the last six points of the game as the Huskies were held scoreless for the last 3:36 of the contest, bringing the final score to 75-67.
    St. Cloud State was led by Price’s 18 points, while Jessica Benson added 13 and Nicole Anderson had 12. The Huskies committed 23 turnovers on the game and would finish shooting 23-of-62 for 37.1 percent from the field.
    UMC finished the game shooting 26-of-60 from the field for 43.3 percent from the field and six-of-19 for 33.3 percent from three.
    UMC vs. UMD
    The Golden Eagles celebrated senior night as they recognized the three seniors Tyson, Wiese and Carli Bunning.
    Minnesota Duluth came on strong in the second half to defeat Minnesota, Crookston 78-64. The Bulldogs led by just one at halftime.
    Wiese led the Golden Eagles with 21 points, while Alexa Thielmann added 13 points.
    Courtney Doucette led the Bulldogs with 18 points as four others finished in double-figure scoring.
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