The Golden Eagles evened the season series against the Beavers with a win at home.
The University of Minnesota Crookston women’s basketball team came out of the gate firing on all cylinders with a 13-0 run igniting a 73-48 victory over Bemidji State University Tues., Jan. 16 at Lysaker Gymnasium. The Golden Eagles outscored the Beavers 27-9 in the first quarter and they did not look back from there and built their lead to a game-high 27 before Sierra Senske sunk two free throws to bring BSU back within 25 at the conclusion of the game.
Minnesota Crookston has won two of their last three games as they improved to 4-12 (4-8 NSIC) with Tuesday’s victory. The Golden Eagles are tied for fifth in the NSIC North with University of Mary and Minot State University. Minnesota Crookston plays both teams this weekend making this a crucial week for the Golden Eagles.
Bemidji State falls to 4-12 (3-9 NSIC) with the loss. Minnesota Crookston splits with the Beavers on the 2017-18 season. The Golden Eagles have taken six of the last seven games in the series with their conference rival located just 88 miles down the road on U.S. Highway 2.
Minnesota Crookston looked to Isieoma Odor (R-Jr., F/C, Bloomington, Minn.) with 18 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots. Odor bounced back after averaging just 2.5 points per game last weekend. Abby Guidinger (Fr., G/F, Waukesha, Wis.) has shown a new dimension to her game recently and it paid off against the Beavers as she was able to lift the Golden Eagles with 17 points and six rebounds. Guidinger is averaging 15.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game over the last three tilts for Minnesota Crookston.
Micaela Noga (Sr., G, Parkers Prairie, Minn.) notched 12 points and six boards. She needs just 12 more points to become the 11th player in school history to join the 1,000 point club. In addition, Noga is just 26 points from surpassing Bri Zabel for 10th all-time in scoring for Minnesota Crookston.
Emily Gruber (Sr., F/C, Monticello, Minn.) fell just short of a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. Paige Weakley (So., G/F, Kearney, Mo.) chipped in six points.
The Golden Eagles were 25-of-63 from the field for 39.7 percent. Minnesota Crookston was 6-of-17 for 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and a near perfect 17-of-18 from the foul line for 94.4 percent. The Golden Eagles won the rebounding edge 44-40 on the night.
The Golden Eagles were on fire from the field right out of the gate as they opened on a 13-0 run. Minnesota Crookston was lifted by their two seniors as Gruber tallied six points and Noga added five early on. Bemidji State stopped the early run with a Bachmann basket. The Golden Eagles came back with a 7-2 run paced by five points from Guidinger as they extended the lead to 20-4. The Beavers cut the deficit to 20-7 with a Sam Adamich triple. Minnesota Crookston came right back and ended the first quarter as they started it as a 7-2 run guided by Odor moved the tally to 27-9 to conclude the first frame.
The Golden Eagles opened the second quarter with a similar pace to what they had early on in the first quarter as they used a 6-2 run to extend their advantage to 33-11. Bemidji State countered with a 7-0 run as they cut the lead to 33-18 with 3:17 remaining in the second quarter. Minnesota Crookston would go into the locker room with a 39-23 advantage.
Minnesota Crookston looked to 12 points from Guidinger in the first half as she was 5-of-8 from the field. Noga chipped in 10 points on 4-of-8 from the field. The Golden Eagles were 14-of-35 from the field for 40.0 percent. Minnesota Crookston shot 3-of-9 from beyond the arc for 33.3 percent. The Golden Eagles were 8-of-9 for 88.9 percent from the charity stripe.
Sierra Senske and Emma Rappe led the Beavers with four points apiece. BSU was 9-of-31 for 29.0 percent from the field. The Beavers were 2-of-14 for 14.3 percent from beyond the arc. She was 3-of-7 from the charity stripe for 42.9 percent.
UMC opened the third quarter on a 4-2 run as they stretched their lead to 43-25 out of the locker room. The Golden Eagles had a 19-point lead after an old-fashioned three-point play from Caitlin Michaelis (Jr., G, Marshfield, Wis.) with 3:37 remaining. Minnesota Crookston closed the quarter on a 4-2 run with free throws from Gruber and Odor as they went into the quarter break with a 57-36 advantage.
Bemidji State outscored Minnesota Crookston 5-4 in the early going of the fourth quarter as they cut the lead to 61-41 following an Adamich triple. The Golden Eagles responded with a 4-0 run following a jumper from Guidinger and free throws from Odor as they widened their lead to 65-41. BSU stopped the run with a three-pointer from Erica Gartner as they cut the lead to 21 with 6:27 remaining. Minnesota Crookston came right back with a Weakley triple to move the lead back to 24. The Golden Eagles were able to move their lead to a game-high 27 after a trey from Ashley Freund (Fr., G/F, Jordan, Minn.). However, Bemidji State pulled back within 25 after a pair of free throws from Senske.
Minnesota Crookston will continue their home stand Fri., Jan. 19 against University of Mary and Sat., Jan. 20 versus Minot State University.