The Golden Eagles head across the border for their final exhibition game.
The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team will wrap up exhibition play for the 2017-18 season Wed., Nov. 8 at University of North Dakota. The Golden Eagles will take on the Fighting Hawks at 7 p.m. at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks, N.D.
Sr. G 10 Micaela Noga (5-7, Parkers Prairie, Minn.)
Jr. G 3 Caitlin Michaelis (5-8, Marshfield, Wis.)
So. G 4 Stephanie McWilliams (5-8, Grand Forks, N.D.)
Sr. F 22 Emily Gruber (5-11, Monticello, Minn.)
R-Jr. F 15 Isieoma Odor (6-0, Bloomington, Minn.)
Minnesota Crookston comes in with a 1-0 mark in exhibition play after a 77-57 win over Concordia College (Minn.) Thurs., Nov. 2. The Golden Eagles led by as many as 32 points with 4:09 left in the fourth quarter before giving their reserves playing time.
Minnesota Crookston looked to their 3 four-year players against the Cobbers. Micaela Noga (Sr., G, Parkers Prairie, Minn.) ignited the Golden Eagles in the first half with 12 points on 4-of-9 from beyond the arc. Noga finished the game with 19 points on 7-of-15 from the field and 5-of-11 from beyond the arc. Isieoma Odor (R-Jr., F/C, Bloomington, Minn.) chipped in 22 points and six boards in the post on 9-of-13 from the field. Emily Gruber (Sr., F/C, Monticello, Minn.) notched 13 points on 4-of-5 from the field.
In addition, Caitlin Michaelis (Jr., G, Marshfield, Wis.) had five points and four assists, while Stephanie McWilliams (So., G, Grand Forks, N.D.) tallied two points and three rebounds.
Off of the bench, the Golden Eagles are still looking to develop their depth. Kasey Harper (Fr., G, Mesa, Ariz.) showed flashes against Concordia with her speed and court vision. Harper finished with five points and three assists. Abby Guidinger (Fr., G/F, Waukesha, Wis.) added five points, while Amber Schoenicke (So., F/C, Marshall, Wis.) notched four points and eight rebounds.
The Golden Eagles were 30-of-60 for 50 percent from the field. In addition, they connected on 7-of-23 from beyond the arc and 10-of-16 from the charity stripe.
Minnesota Crookston is looking to wrap up their exhibition season as they prepare to get their regular-season started Fri., Nov. 17 at home against Michigan Technological University. The Golden Eagles are coming off three-straight NSIC/Sanford Health quarterfinal berths led by Head Coach Mike Roysland, who is in his 12th season. Roysland was the 2014-15 NSIC Coach of the Year.
The Fighting Hawks are coming off a 20-11 (15-3 Big Sky) mark during the 2016-17 season. North Dakota lost in the first round of the Big Sky Conference Tournament last season before playing in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT), losing to University of South Dakota 78-55.
Jr. G 3 Melissa Dailey (5-8, Portland, Ore.)
Jr. G 4 Jill Morton (5-9, Edina, Minn.)
Jr. G 11 Grace Sawatzke (5-11, Monticello, Minn.)
Jr. F 35 Fallyn Freije (6-0, Edmore, N.D.)
Jr. F 34 Lexi Klabo (6-2, Fargo, N.D.)
The Fighting Hawks dominated in their first exhibition of the season, defeating University of Minnesota Morris 99-35. North Dakota looked to four players in double-figures on the night. Lexi Klabo led the Fighting Hawks inside with 19 points and seven boards. Fallyn Freije added 19 points and seven boards. Akealy Moton, a 6-0 freshman from West Fargo, N.D., came off the bench for 15 points and four rebounds. UND dominated on the glass, as well, where they cleaned up 53-19 over the Cougars.
Melissa Dailey led the backcourt for the Fighting Hawks with 17 points, including 7-of-11 from the field and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. Grace Sawatzke was the facilitator with six assists. Bailey Strand came off the bench for seven points, while 6-2 freshman forward Julia Fleecs added seven points and five boards.
The Fighting Hawks are in their sixth season under Travis Brewster. In his time at UND, Brewster has led the Fighting Hawks to four-straight post-season appearances and 89 wins. He has twice been named the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year.