Roysland picks up 100th win with program.

    Emily Gruber scored just eight points in Saturday’s contest against the St. Cloud State Huskies.


    But it was the last three that counted the most.


    With seven seconds left in the game, the University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team found itself trailing 76-75 when Husky junior guard Amanda Christianson sank a layup in the paint.


    “When they scored with seven seconds left, we had different options to go to,” UMC head coach Mike Roysland said. “The first available person that had a good look has got to let it go.”


    The inbound pass made its way to redshirt sophomore forward Isieoma Odor in the paint, but with triple coverage, she opted to kick the ball out to Gruber outside the 3-point line.


    Not only did Gruber’s basket ultimately hand the Golden Eagles their third win of the season, it also secured Roysland’s 100th career win as head coach of UMC’s program.


    “This is all about the program and about the kids,” Roysland said. “I just feel really fortunate to be a part of this program and to have the kids that I have that trust and believe in our system and what we’re doing. I’m truly blessed to have them. We just hope that there’s a lot more wins for the program moving forward.”


    Four Golden Eagles scored in double digits against SCSU, with  Odor leading the way with 22 points.


    “We worked so hard for the game to let it slip away,” Roysland said. “This will help us moving forward. There was great excitement on the brench and within the team.


    “These kids trust each other. It was very rewarding for them to get the win.”


    SCSU shot 31-of-74 (41.9 percent) from the field, 10-of-23 (43.5 percent) from beyond the arc and 4-of-9 (44.4 percent) from the free-throw line.


    UMC shot 25-of-61 (41 percent) from the field, 8-of-22 (36.4 percent) from the 3-point range and 20-of-23 (87 percent) from the charity stripe.

UMC defeated by UMD
    Saturday’s win against SCSU came on the heels of a 65-53 loss to the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs Friday evening in front of a home crowd.


    UMD shot 27-of-64 (42.2 percent) from the field, 5-of-16 (31.3 percent) from beyond the arc and 6-of-9 (66.7 percent) from the free-throw line.


    UMC shot 17-of-52 (32.7 percent) from the field, (5-of-23 (21.7 percent) from the 3-point range and 14-of-17 (82.4 percent) from the charity stripe.


    UMC returns to action at 6 p.m. Tuesday on the road for an NSIC rematch with the Bemidji State University Beavers at the Sanford Center.


    “We just got to keep going  from how we played (Saturday),” Roysland said.

UMD    19    15    17    14....    65
UMC    11    15    17    10....    53

    UMD 65
    Taylor Meyer 10-22 0-0 21, Allyson Harris 6-9 3-3 15, Sammy Kozlowski 2-8 2-2 7, Kenzie Kane 2-6 0-0 4, Jenna Orr 0-1 0-0 0, Josie Buckley 4-8 0-0 11, Katie Stark 2-2 1-2 5, Emma Boehm 1-5 0-0 2, Taylor Schneider 0-0 0-2 0, Anna Monke 0-3 0-0 0. Total 27-64 6-9 65.
    UMC 53
    Alison Hughes 6-16 0-0 17, Steph McWilliams 0-1 5-6 5, Micaela Noga 1-6 2-2 4, Emily Gruber 2-5 0-0 4, Caitlin Michaelis 0-4 0-0 0, Isieoma Odor 7-10 5-7 19, Kitri Zezza 1-4 2-2 4, Kelsey Stinson 0-5 0-0 0, Paige Weakley 0-1 0-0 0. Total 17-52 14-17 53.

UMC    21    19    20    18....    78
SCSU    24    13    20    19....    76

    SCSU 76
    Amanda Christianson 11-16 0-0 26, Betsy MacDonald 7-16 0-0 17, Chelsea Nooker 4-13 0-0 9, Brianna Johnson 3-6 3-4 9, Andrea Thomas 2-6 1-2 6, Mallie Doucette 2-7 0-0 5, Emily Pratt 2-4 0-0 4, Mackenzie Uter 0-1 0-3 0, Lauren Novak 0-4 0-0 0, Madelin Dammann 0-1 0-0 0. Total 31-74 4-9 76.
    UMC 78
    Alison Hughes 3-16 6-6 14, Micaela Noga 3-11 2-3 10, Emily Gruber 2-7 3-4 8, Steph McWilliams 2-3 0-0 4, Caitlin Michaelis 0-3 1-1 1, Isieoma Odor 10-11 2-2 22, Paige Weakley 3-6 6-7 14, Kitri Zezza 2-3 0-0 5, Kelsey Stinson 0-1 0-0 0. Total 25-61 20-23 78.