The Golden Eagles continue to be off to their best start since the 2015-16 season as they moved to 8-5 (3-4 NSIC) with Friday's loss.

    The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team struggled to sink their shots Fri., Jan. 4 as they opened 2019 with a 68-58 loss to St. Cloud State University. The Golden Eagles shot just 34.0 percent from the field, and 15.8 percent from beyond the three-point line, as a strong defense for the Huskies limited Minnesota Crookston.

    The Golden Eagles continue to be off to their best start since the 2015-16 season as they moved to 8-5 (3-4 NSIC) with Friday’s loss. Minnesota Crookston is currently tied for fifth place with Northern State University. St. Cloud State improved to 7-4 (4-3 NSIC) with the victory.

    Minnesota Crookston was led by Isieoma Odor (R-Sr., F/C, Bloomington, Minn.) with 11 points and eight rebounds. Odor had to overcome suffocating post defense on the night by the Huskies. Odor has been one of the best players in the NSIC this season, averaging 18.4 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. She needs six points to surpass Kari Score for fifth all-time in scoring. In addition, Odor needs 39 rebounds to move past Laurie Tyson for second all-time in rebounds, and 41 boards to surpass Katrina Nordick for the all-time rebounding mark at Minnesota Crookston.

    Abby Guidinger (So., G/F, Waukesha, Wis.) came off the bench for 10 points for the Golden Eagles. Caitlin Michaelis (Sr., G, Marshfield, Wis.), and Kylie Post (Fr., G, Corcoran, Minn.) each had seven points. Bren Fox (Fr., F/C, Norwood Young America, Minn.) finished with six points and eight rebounds, while Paige Cornale (Fr., G, Oak Creek, Wis.) came off the bench for six points.

    Minnesota Crookston was 18-of-53 from the field for 34.0 percent. The Golden Eagles struggled to hit from distance as they finished just 3-of-19 for 15.8 percent from beyond the arc. Minnesota Crookston was 19-of-27 for 70.4 percent from the foul line.

    The Golden Eagles had 13 turnovers to just seven assists, and were out-rebounded 42-39.

    St. Cloud State was propelled by 23 points off the bench from Mallie Doucette, including shooting 5-of-10 from beyond the arc. Madelin Dammann added 14 points and seven boards. Nikki Kilboten finished with 12 rebounds, and played crucial post defense on Odor. Tori Wortz chipped in eight points.

    The Huskies were 25-of-66 for 37.9 percent from the field. They shot well from deep, where they were 11-of-31 for 35.5 percent. St. Cloud State was 7-of-8 for 87.5 percent from the charity stripe. They had 15 assists to 11 turnovers on the evening.

    St. Cloud State opened the game up with a 7-2 lead following a Doucette triple. Minnesota Crookston used a 4-0 run to close within one point at 7-6 after a pair of Odor free throws. The Golden Eagles were able to knot the game up 8-8 after a Cornale bucket. The Huskies would move into a 16-12 lead on a Dammann trey going into the quarter break.

    The Huskies opened the second quarter with a Kelsey Peschel three-pointer to extend their advantage to 19-12. Minnesota Crookston responded with an 8-0 run propelled by four points from Cornale off the bench, as they took the lead 20-19 with 7:50 left in the second quarter.

    St. Cloud State used a 7-0 run of their own, guided by a Doucette trey, to retake the lead 26-20. The Huskies finished the half on a 9-4 run as they went into the locker room with a 35-24 lead.

    St. Cloud State came out of the break with a 5-2 run led by a Wortz trey. Minnesota Crookston sliced the lead down to 40-30 with a Michaelis jumper. The Huskies would control the rest of the third stanza as they out-scored the Golden Eagles 15-5 to go into the quarter break with a commanding 55-35 advantage.

    The Huskies held a 20-point advantage at 68-48 with 5:18 remaining in the game. Minnesota Crookston would cut into the lead utilizing the play of their reserves. The Golden Eagles ended the game on a 10-0 run propelled by five points from Guidinger and three from Amber Schoenicke (Jr., F/C, Marshall, Wis.). However, the run would come too late as St. Cloud State won the game 68-58.

    Minnesota Crookston will look to rebound from the loss as they host University of Minnesota Duluth at 3:30 p.m. Sat. Jan. 5 at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston, Minn.