The Golden Eagles come up short in their final home game of the season.
The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team fell 71-56 to Minnesota State University Moorhead in their home finale at Lysaker Gymnasium Sat., Feb. 10. The Golden Eagles had a strong second half as they were even in the second frame with the Dragons 37-37. However, MSU Moorhead was dominant in the first half and they used that to bring home the win.
Minnesota Crookston falls to 6-18 (6-14 NSIC) with Saturday’s loss. MSU Moorhead improved to 21-3 (18-2 NSIC). The Golden Eagles and Dragons split the two-game series on the season. MSU Moorhead has won their last 15 games with their last loss coming Dec. 15 to Northern State University.
The Golden Eagles looked to senior Micaela Noga (Sr., G, Parkers Prairie, Minn.), who had a strong Senior Night. Noga was 7-of-17 from the field with 21 points and four rebounds. Noga moved past Cathy Behr for eighth all-time in scoring. She has 1,080 points in her career. Noga needs 10 points to move past Stephanie Mayclin for seventh all-time in scoring in a career.
Isieoma Odor (R-Jr., F/C, Bloomington, Minn.) added 12 points and six rebounds. Odor was 8-of-14 from the field. She needs to surpass 1,000 points in a career. She is just one point ahead of teammate Emily Gruber (Sr., F/C, Monticello, Minn.).
Abby Guidinger (Fr., G/F, Waukesha, Wis.) came off the bench with 12 points and six rebounds.
Minnesota Crookston struggled at times from the field as they were just 23-of-62 from the field for 37.1 percent. The Golden Eagles were just 3-of-22 from beyond the arc for 13.6 percent. UMC went 7-of-8 from the charity stripe for 87.5 percent.
The Golden Eagles had 10 turnovers on the day and were controlled on the boards 42-30.
MSU Moorhead won the tipoff and started the scoring with a three pointer from Cassidy Thorson. Noga answered with a three of her own for the Golden Eagles. The Dragons jumped out to a 8-3 lead with all eight points coming from Thorson. After the first media timeout MSUM led 10-3. Guidinger put the Golden Eagles back on the board with a nice layup. Lindsey Weber (Jr., G/F, Delafield, Wis.) made a basket using a strong post move to make the score 16-7 MSU Moorhead. With 40 seconds left in the first quarter Amber Schoenicke (So., F/C, Marshall, Wis.) got a steal then dished out an assist to Noga to make the score 18-11 MSUM after the first quarter.
Noga got the scoring started for Minnesota Crookston to open up the second quarter. Michaelis made a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 20-16 MSU Moorhead. After a Golden Eagles timeout MSU Moorhead led 30-16 which was their largest lead of the game. Noga put the Golden eagles back on the board with a layup to make the score 30-18. The Golden Eagles struggled shooting the ball while the Dragons capitalized on offensive boards and turnovers to extend their lead. At the end of the second quarter MSU Moorhead led 34-19.
Megan Hintz started the scoring for both teams to open up the third quarter. After struggling to score in the first two minutes Odor put the Golden eagles on the board to make the score 41-21 MSU Moorhead. Noga continued to be the spark for the Golden Eagles hitting another three pointer. After a media timeout with 4:58 left in the third quarter MSU Moorhead led 47-26. Odor started to heat up and make her presence felt in the low post as a fade away jumper brought the Golden Eagles back to within 20 points. Guidinger provided a spark as well by finishing a tough layup with a lot of contact and converting the three throw for a three-point play. After finishing the third quarter strong Minnesota Crookston trailed MSUM 52-36.
Odor continued to dominate inside as she scored the first four points of the fourth quarter. Jacky Volkert put the Dragons on the board with a layup. After a media timeout the Golden Eagles only trailed MSU Moorhead 56-40. Drew Sannes extended the MSU Moorhead lead to 60-44 after a three pointer. Thorson made another three pointer for the Dragons to take away the Minnesota Crookston momentum. A three-pointer from Sannes put MSU Moorhead up by 18 points with 1:43 left in the fourth quarter. The Golden Eagles fought hard but their late run was not enough as the Dragons won 71-56.
Minnesota Crookston honored seniors Noga and Gruber at the conclusion of the game. The pair has been a part of three teams that made the NSIC/Sanford Health Quarterfinals. They were also part of the team's school-record 18 wins in 2015-16.
UMC will wrap up the regular season on the road at Minot State University and University of Mary Feb. 16 and 17.