Minneosota Crookston drops to 0-4 after the holiday weekend.

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – The Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles dropped a pair of games at the Cesar Odio Thanksgiving Classic on the campus of Barry University at the Health & Sports Center in Miami Shores, Fla. over the weekend.   

    The Golden Eagles lost their first contest to Palm Beach Atlantic University 69-66 after a big Sailfish third quarter. UMC outscored Palm Beach Atlantic 18-15 in the fourth quarter, but could not overcome a six-point deficit going into the final stanza. Four UMC players scored in double-figures.   

    Minnesota Crookston next played Barry University and fell 71-61 as they struggled beyond the arc as they shot 25 percent from distance against Barry.   

    The Golden Eagles fell to 0-4 on the season after the hard-fought game against Palm Beach Atlantic and Barry.         Minnesota Crookston shot 24-of-61 for 39.3 percent on the game, however they struggled from beyond the arc as they were just 4-of-23 for 17.4 percent for Friday’s game. The Golden Eagles shot 14-of-18 for 77.8 percent from the charity stripe.   

    The Golden Eagles had balanced scoring led by a team-high 22 points from Micaela Noga (Sr., G, Parkers Prairie, Minn.), who shot 9-of-19 from the field, but just 2-of-10 from behind the three-point line. In the post, Isieoma Odor (R-Jr., F/C, Bloomington, Minn.) notched 15 points and eight boards on 5-of-10 from the field. Stephanie McWilliams (So., G, Grand Forks, N.D.) and Caitlin Michaelis (Jr., G, Marshfield, Wis.) each chipped in 10 points on the night. Both players added five rebounds.   

    Emily Gruber (Sr., F/C, Monticello, Minn.) guided the team with 11 boards and she notched five points. Gruber also had five helpers on the game.   

    The Golden Eagles won the battle on the glass 42-38 and had 13 assists to 14 turnovers on the night.   

    Palm Beach Atlantic finished 26-of-68 for the game for 38.2 percent. The Sailfish shot 5-of-17 for 29.4 percent from beyond the arc, converted 80 percent of their free throws and turned the ball over just six times.   

    The Sailfish looked to Apple Valley, Minn. native and Marquette University transfer Hannah Grim, who had 29 points on 11-of-21 from the field. She tallied six rebounds on the game. Ciara Cumbie was also potent on the day with a double-double of 11 points and 16 boards. Mina Salhia added 11 points, including shooting 3-of-6 from behind the three-point line.   

    Palm Beach Atlantic started the game out on a 6-2 run after a basket from Cumbie. They extended their lead to 13-7 after a pair of free throws from Jane Svilberg. Minnesota Crookston closed the first quarter on a 6-2 run as they cut the Sailfish lead to 15-13 going into the quarter intermission.   

    A Michaelis trey and a Noga jumper lifted the Golden Eagles out of the gate in the second quarter as they took an 18-15 advantage. UMC extended their lead to 27-20 with a basket from McWilliams. Palm Beach Atlantic cut the lead to 29-27 with a 7-2 run. Minnesota Crookston ended the run with a Lindsey Weber (Jr., G/F, Delafield, Wis.) bucket. However, the Sailfish came right back with a 4-0 run to end the second quarter as they went into the half knotted up 31-31 with the Golden Eagles.   

    Minnesota Crookston opened the second stanza on an 8-5 run as an Odor layup gave the Golden Eagles a 39-36 advantage. Palm Beach Atlantic countered with free throws from Cumbie to pull back within one at 39-38. The Golden Eagles staved off the Sailfish and held a 46-42 lead following a Noga triple. Palm Beach Atlantic came back and took the lead back 49-48 with a basket from Grim. They built on the momentum as they closed the half on a 9-0 run as they went into the final quarter with a 54-48 advantage.   

    UMC opened the fourth quarter on a 6-4 run as they pulled within 58-54 with a Noga basket. Grim and Deshazier each connected on buckets for the Sailfish to stave off Minnesota Crookston and move the lead to 62-54. The Golden Eagles had a late charge with an 8-0 run guided by three points from Noga and three points for Odor as they knotted the game up 62-62 with 1:12 remaining in the game. A Grim basket for Palm Beach Atlantic stopped the run to give the Sailfish a 64-62 lead.   

    The Golden Eagles countered with a pair of Noga free throws to tie the game up 64-64 with 43 seconds left. An old-fashioned three-point play from Grim held Minnesota Crookston off and gave Palm Beach Atlantic a 67-64 lead.   

    Michaelis had a chance at the charity stripe to cut the lead to one, but hit just 1-of-2 to cut the lead to 67-65. Grim hit a free throw to move the lead to 68-65 for Palm Beach Atlantic. Michaelis again had a chance to pull UMC within one, but she again hit just 1-of-2 to cut the lead to 68-66 with six seconds left. Gruber would send Katie Stang to the line where she would hit 1-of-2 to hold off the Golden Eagles and give Palm Beach Atlantic a 69-66 win.   

    In the loss to Barry, Minnesota Crookston was controlled on the glass 47-32.   

    UMC looked to 17 points and seven boards from Gruber, who shot 8-of-13 from the field. Odor finished with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Michaelis  notched 13 points, including going 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Noga added 11 points and six assists.   

    The Golden Eagles continue to struggle with getting help off of their bench as they produced just seven bench points led by four points and four rebounds from Ashley Freund (Fr., G/F, Jordan, Minn.).   

    Minnesota Crookston shot 23-of-57 for 40.4 percent from the field, 6-of-24 from beyond the arc and 9-of-12 for 75 percent from the charity stripe.   

    The Golden Eagles lost the rebounding edge 47-32, giving up 15 offensive boards. Barry shot 25-of-67 for 37.3 percent. Their three-point shooting led the way as they were successful on 12-of-29 attempts for 41.9 percent. The Buccaneers shot 9-of-13 for 69.2 percent from the foul line.   

    Barry received 26 points from Barbara Cousino, who was 8-of-12 from the field and 6-of-9 from behind the three-point line. Ida Andersson chipped in 11 points and seven boards. Kiara Palmer finished with eight points and 13 boards, while Lexy Schoonover added nine points. Juhnae Richardson came off the bench for nine points.   

    The Golden Eagles opened the game on an 8-3 run guided by four points from Odor. The Buccaneers pulled within one point as Cousino connected on a trey with 6:55 left in the first quarter to make it 10-9. Schoonover and Andersson followed suit with buckets to tilt the score in favor of Barry 13-10. Minnesota Crookston countered with a 7-0 run led by five points from Odor as they took the lead back 17-13. The Buccaneers closed the first stanza on a 7-2 stamped by a Harriet Swindells three-pointer to close out the quarter with a 20-19 lead for Barry.   

    The Golden Eagles scored the first eight points of the second quarter to move the advantage back in their favor 27-20. Michaelis ignited the run with a triple. Barry followed with a 14-0 run paced by seven points from Cousino. The Buccaneers went into the half with a 36-29 as the late run gave Barry all of the momentum going into the locker room.   

    Minnesota Crookston came out of the locker room poised to make up ground as they used a 10-4 run to knot the game up 39-39 on a Michaelis three-pointer. Barry responded with an 8-0 run to take the lead 47-39 ignited by triples from Swindells and Andersson. Minnesota Crookston pulled back within 49-46 late in the third quarter after a pair of free throws from Lindsey Weber (Jr., G/F, Delafield, Wis.). The Buccaneers closed out the quarter with a Palmer bucket to make it 51-46.   

    Barry opened the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run to extend their advantage to 59-46. Barry would lead by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter as the Golden Eagles could not come back, falling 71-61 to the tournament host.   

    UMC will open up conference play Fri., Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. against St. Cloud State University.