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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Women's basketball: UMC gets big home sweep with 'backs against the wall'

  • The Golden Eagles snap a 5-game losing skid, beating Upper Iowa and Winona State.
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  • The University of Minnesota Crookston women's basketball team snapped a five-game losing streak and swept its home games this weekend, beating Upper Iowa 80-69 Friday and defeating Winona State 71-58 Saturday.
    "We had our backs against the wall," said UMC head coach Mike Roysland. "This keeps us in the loop with the league. We really needed to win. I felt really good we got them both. Most importantly, I was happy with the way we won. Some of the games we lost we've been right there and just didn't make plays. We made plays down the stretch and we did that consistently both nights."
    Sophomore forward Katrina Moenkedick (Perham, Minn.) led UMC with 30 points, 11 rebounds and six steals against Upper Iowa, and 12 points and nine rebounds against Winona State. Sophomore guard Alexa Thielman (Buffalo, Minn.) led the team with 21 points against Winona State and had 19 points and five assists against Upper Iowa. Junior guard Ebony Livingston (Minneapolis, Minn.) scored 16 points against Upper Iowa and 10 points against Winona State.
    "Katrina, Alexa and Ebony gave us exactly what we needed," coach Roysland said. "All the other pieces of the puzzle came with that. People did a really good job of playing their roles. Selina Barnes (Fr., G, Colorado Springs, Colo.) had a really good weekend off the bench. With time under her belt, she is beginning to understand it. She's starting to get it now and it's all about experience."
    Sophomore center Erika McRoberts (Byron, Minn.) has started the last six games and has given the team a rebounding boost. Other pieces are also falling into place for the Golden Eagles.
    "Erika is doing a nice job for us from a rebounding factor," coach Roysland said. "Megan Taylor (Fr., C, Estelline, S.D.) gave us six valuable minutes when Alexa was in foul trouble Saturday. Kids are really gaining experience and really starting to grow. We are playing a lot of young kids right now. We definitely need our veterans to come through now. We have to have that."
    The Golden Eagles are now 6-6 on the season and 3-5 against Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opponents. The team goes on the road next weekend to take on the top team in the NSIC, Wayne State, Friday, Jan. 10 and Augustana Saturday, Jan. 11.
    "I don't think we'll get complacent," coach Roysland said. "It's done exactly the opposite. This will build motivation. Now will be a challenge. This gives us a wave of motivation to say, 'OK, find a way to beat Augie or Wayne.' If we play well we can play with anyone in the league. We have to be able to do it all the way through. You have to win close ones to find out how to do it."
    UIU vs. UMC
    Page 2 of 3 - A career night for Moenkedick helped UMC snap a five-game losing skid with an 80-69 win over Upper Iowa. Moenkedick had a career-high 30 points and completed a double-double with 11 rebounds on the night.
    Moenkedick finished the night shooting 10-of-16 from the field and also did a great job of getting to the charity stripe, connecting on 10-of-13 free throws. Thielman struggled to find her shot Friday night but found other ways to score as she finished with 19 points, five assists and four rebounds for the Golden Eagles. Thielman shot 7-of-16 from the field, but was just 1-of-5 from beyond the arc. Thielman came into the night shooting 51.0 percent from three-point range.
    In addition to Moenkedick and Thielman, Livingston had an instant impact for the Golden Eagles Friday, finishing with 16 points including three treys. Barnes was a boost off the bench for the Golden Eagles, tallying eight points.
    The Golden Eagles finished the night shooting 29-of-59 for 49.2 percent and were 5-of-16 for 31.3 percent from three-point range. Minnesota Crookston was 17-of-23 for 73.9 percent from the charity stripe. Minnesota Crookston was out-rebounded on the night 41-30. They had 15 turnovers on the game but had 12 steals on the night.
    Upper Iowa was led by 20 points and eight rebounds from Whitney Kieffer. Lauren Buck added a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards, while Sam Thrapp had 11 points, four rebounds and five assists. The Peacocks were 28-of-63 for 44.4 percent from the field and 6-of-21 for 28.6 percent from three led by three treys from Lindsay Carroll.
    WSU vs. UMC
    Thielman's 21 points, including four treys, led the Golden Eagles to a 71-58 win over Winona State.
    The Golden Eagles shot 27-of-58 for 46.6 percent from the field and connected on 8-of-24 threes for 33.3 percent. In addition to Thielman, Moenkedick added a near double-double with 12 points and nine boards. Livingston added 10 points, including six crucial points in the final four minutes of the game which helped seal the game for Minnesota Crookston.
    The Golden Eagles had a balanced effort throughout the contest as several players stepped up in crucial moments of Saturday's contest against the Warriors. Sophomore guard Christine Thorn (St. Michael, Minn.) tallied nine points and five rebounds, including two treys on the night. Barnes had four points and three assists on the night. Taylor added four points while junior guard Ashley Martell added six.
    Winona State finished the night shooting 23-of-57 for 40.4 percent, while they were 7-of-21 for 33.3 percent from three on the night. Winona State was led on the night by the play of point guard Tessa Wells, who was able to drive the lane most of the night and create for herself and her teammates. Wells finished with a near double-double of 19 points and nine assists. Connor Nagle added 11 points, including three treys. Kelsey Andrist and Abby Busch each added 10 points. Busch had six rebounds on the night, as well.
    Page 3 of 3 - UMC narrowly out-rebounded the Warriors 35-33 on the night. The Golden Eagles were led by nine rebounds from Moenkedick while Kate Hartman came off the bench for eight.
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