The Golden Eagles suffered a pair of road losses with the second coming against St. Cloud State.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. – St. Cloud State University used a big first half and 12 three-pointers to upend the University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball program 70-54 Sat., Jan. 6 at Halenbeck Hall in St. Cloud, Minn. The Golden Eagles made a fourth quarter charge as they outscored the Huskies 21-18 in the final 10 minutes. However, it would not be enough as St. Cloud State would hang on for the season sweep of the Golden Eagles.
Minnesota Crookston falls to 2-11 (2-7 NSIC) with Saturday’s loss. St. Cloud State improved to 9-4 (6-3 NSIC) with the victory.
The Golden Eagles struggled with ball control Saturday as they had just nine assists to 18 turnovers on the evening. In addition, St. Cloud State dominated the glass 33-20.
Minnesota Crookston looked to Isieoma Odor (R-Jr., F/C, Bloomington, Minn.) Saturday for 20 points and five rebounds. Caitlin Michaelis (Jr., G, Marshfield, Wis.) notched 13 points on 4-of-8 from the field, while Micaela Noga (Sr., G, Parkers Prairie, Minn.) chipped in 10 points and five rebounds on 2-of-7 from the field.
Paige Weakley (So., G/F, Kearney, Mo.) led the Minnesota Crookston bench with five points.
The Golden Eagles were 19-of-46 for 41.3 percent on the evening. Minnesota Crookston was just 5-of-18 for 27.8 percent from beyond the arc. The Golden Eagles tried to make up for it at the foul line where they went 11-of-12 for 91.7 percent, however they came up short.
Madelin Dammann shot lights out to pace the Huskies with 21 points on 8-of-11 from the field and 5-of-8 from behind the three-point line. Mallie Doucette came off the bench for 19 points on 6-of-9 from the field and 5-of-6 from beyond the arc. Andrea Thomas and Tori Wortz each chipped in nine points, while Brianna Johnson chipped in eight on the evening. Thomas led the Huskies on the boards with six rebounds.
The Huskies were 27-of-52 from the field for 51.9 percent. St. Cloud State had an impressive outing from beyond the arc as they were 12-of-25 for 48.0 percent. The Huskies were 4-of-4 for 100.0 percent from the charity stripe. St. Cloud State also struggled with ball control as they had 17 turnovers Saturday.
Minnesota Crookston got out to a 4-2 lead with a jumper from Odor. St. Cloud State used back-to-back treys from Thomas and Wortz to take an 8-4 advantage in the first quarter. The Golden Eagles closed the deficit to 8-6 on an Odor jumper with 5:26 remaining in the first quarter. St. Cloud State used a 6-2 run guided by triples from Doucette and Dammann to extend their lead out to 14-8. A Michaelis old-fashioned three-point play brought the Golden Eagles back within 14-11 with 59 seconds remaining in the opening quarter. The Huskies continued to hold on to their three-point lead 18-15 going into the quarter break.
Wortz poured in four points early in the second quarter to propel an 11-0 run for the Huskies to extend their lead to 27-15 with 6:07 left in the second quarter. Minnesota Crookston stopped the run with a three-pointer from Michaelis to bring the game within 27-18. The Huskies responded with a 5-2 run guided by a Dammann trey to extend their lead to 32-20. Michaelis brought Minnesota Crookston back within nine as she converted a triple to make it 32-23. St. Cloud State came right back with an 8-0 run to push the advantage to 40-23 with 22 seconds left in the quarter. Weakley hit a trey in the final seconds of the quarter to cut the lead to 40-26.
Michaelis led Minnesota Crookston in the first half with 11 points on 4-of-6 from the field. Odor added 10 points on 5-of-8 from the field. The Golden Eagles were 10-of-24 from the field for 41.7 percent. They were 3-of-9 from beyond the arc for 33.3 percent and 3-of-3 from the charity stripe.
St. Cloud State looked to Dammann with 13 points in the opening half. Wortz added nine points in the first half, while Thomas had seven points and four rebounds. The Huskies had a strong first half as they were 15-of-26 for 57.7 percent from the field and 6-of-13 for 46.2 percent from beyond the arc. The Huskies had a 17-8 advantage on the boards in the first half.
Noga opened up the first half with a three-pointer to bring Minnesota Crookston within 40-29 early in the third quarter. Dammann ignited a 7-0 run for St. Cloud State as they moved their lead to 47-29. The Golden Eagles responded with a 4-0 run to cut the lead to 47-33 with 2:34 remaining in the third quarter. The Huskies closed the third quarter on a 5-0 run guided by five points from Doucette to make it 52-33 heading into the final quarter.
Odor poured in four early points in the fourth quarter to ignite a 6-0 run to bring Minnesota Crookston within 52-35. Dammann halted the run with a triple to extend the Huskies advantage to 55-35. St. Cloud State moved their lead to 63-41 on a Doucette trey with 6:21 remaining in the game. Minnesota Crookston responded with a 7-0 run led by five points from Noga as the Golden Eagles pulled within 63-48. A pair of Michaelis free throws brought Minnesota Crookston within 65-52 with 1:59 left in the game. St. Cloud State held on for the 70-54 win despite the late charge by the Golden Eagles.
Minnesota Crookston will return to action Friday, January 12 at Southwest Minnesota State University at 6 p.m.