The Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team has opened up the 2018-19 season with a 6-1 record.

    The Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team opens up their 2018-19 NSIC home slate Fri., Dec. 7 at Minnesota State University Moorhead at 5:30 p.m. The Golden Eagles will then take on Northern State University Sat., Dec. 8 at 3:30 p.m. Minnesota Crookston will look to overcome two of their toughest NSIC foes historically. Northern State has claimed wins in the last 12 meetings, dating back to a 63-56 win over the Wolves Jan. 5, 2013 in Aberdeen, S.D. MSU Moorhead has won three of the last four. Minnesota Crookston got the best of the Dragons in Moorhead, Minn., Dec. 8, 2017.

GREAT START
    The Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team has opened up the 2018-19  season with a 6-1 mark, their best start to a campaign since the 2004-05 season. The Golden Eagles opened up conference play with a 70-61 victory over Bemidji State University. Minnesota Crookston will look to continue their hot start as they take on MSU Moorhead and Northern State this weekend. The 2004-05 squad opened the season with a 7-2 record through the first nine games on their way to a 16-12 mark.  The winningest team in school history was the 2015-16 squad that opened the season with a 6-3 record in their  first nine contests. The 2015-16 team finished the year with an 18-10 record.

REGIONALLY RANKED
    The Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team was ranked 10th in the D2SIDA Central Region rankings released Monday. It is the first time in recent history that the Golden Eagles have been ranked in the region. Minnesota Crookston is one of three NSIC squads currently ranked. Augustana University is currently fourth in the region, while University of Sioux Falls was one spot ahead of the Golden Eagles in ninth place.

TRY AND SLOW HER DOWN
    Isieoma Odor has been off to one of the greatest starts a Golden Eagle player has had in program history. Odor is currently averaging a double-double of  17.4 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. She has secured double-doubles in four games this season. Odor has already been named NSIC North Player of the Week three times out of four opportunities on the 2018-19 campaign. She is coming off a 21 point and seven rebound performance in last Saturday’s win over Bemidji State. Odor is currently seventh all-time in scoring with 1,122 points, recently surpassing former teammate Micaela Noga. She needs 84 points to move past Brittani Wiese for sixth all-time. In addition, Odor ranks third all-time in career rebounds with 609 career boards. She needs 87 rebounds to surpass Laurie Tyson for second all-time, and 89 boards to move past Katrina Nordick for the all-time rebounding mark.

A REBOUND SHORT OF A MCDOUBLE
    Minnesota Crookston junior Stephanie McWilliams has been a spark plug for the Golden Eagles throughout her career. She has continued to be that this season as she is coming off 10 points and nine rebounds, just short of a double double, against Bemidji State. McWilliams has been coming off the bench this season and is major factor for Minnesota Crookston. McWilliams is averaging 4.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per game on the 2018-19 campaign.

THE LAST I IS SILENT
    The last I might be silent in Caitlin Michaelis’ last name, but she has been anything but silent as a senior for the Golden Eagles. The Marshfield, Wis., native is off to her best start for the Golden Eagles as she is averaging 16.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game. Michaelis is 15-of-41 from beyond the arc on the season for 36.6 percent. Michaelis tallied 18 points on 5-of-14 from the field and 4-of-7 from behind the three-point line in the win over Bemidji State. She secured 10 of her points in the final 5:30 of the game.

POST GAME
    Her name is Kylie Post, she not play in the post, but it has become important to get the ball to her in her inaugural campaign for the Golden Eagles. Post leads the team with 2.9 assists per game and has helped get the rest of the offense involved for Minnesota Crookston. In addition, Post is phenomenal at generating her own offense, especially when it involves getting to the hoop. Post is notching 12.6 points per game. She will continue to be a major factor as the Golden Eagles take on MSU Moorhead and Northern State this weekend.

DEAR ABBY
    Abby Guidinger has continued to come into her own as a sophomore. Guidinger started to show signs of what was to come at the conclusion of her freshman season. She is averaging 10.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this season. Guidinger comes into the weekend shooting 87.5 percent from the charity stripe and 39.7 percent from the field. Her best game came in the season opener with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds in a win over University of Nebraska-Kearney.

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1. Can the Golden Eagle offense overcome a MSU Moorhead defense that is limiting opponents to 52.4 points per game?

2. Can Odor continue her great start to her senior season?

3. Can the Golden Eagles get their first win over Northern State since 2013?

4. Who will step up for Minnesota Crookston off the bench?

5. Can Minnesota Crookston knock down the three ball consistently in both games this weekend?